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Criminal Justice

The Blue Ridge criminal justice degree provides students with the abilities to begin or build upon a career in criminal justice or law enforcement. Our specialized program allows students to choose among three career tracks: law enforcement and corrections, homeland security, or forensic science. Each course of study provides students with training to succeed professionally, or the option to further your career by transferring to a four-year college.

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What are my career options?

Criminal justice is a growing field and educated professionals are in high demand. Graduates may pursue employment in federal or state corrections, juvenile detention facilities, local or state police units, medical/crime labs, or in retail security/loss prevention. Entry-level salaries in the four state area are estimated at $24,000–$28,000 in corrections/victim services and $35,000 in law enforcement.

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Note: All salary estimations are based on current position and educational trends. Blue Ridge and The School of Business and Information Technology cannot guarantee that the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive.