Top School in Salt Lake City for a Criminal Justice Degree

Students interested in studying criminal justice in the Salt Lake City area have several schools to choose from. Read about the top local school's degree programs, ranking and tuition information to help you decide on the right school for you.

School and Ranking Information

Most of the schools within roughly a 30-mile radius of Salt Lake City area offering degrees in criminal justice are 4-year private for-profit institutions. Based on school type, rankings and program offerings, the following school is a top area school for studying criminal justice:

  • Winner: Weber State University is a regionally and nationally ranked 4-year public institution about 30 miles from Salt Lake City offering studies in the field. The university offers an associate, a bachelor's and a master's degree program in criminal justice.

School and Info Chart

Category Weber State University
Ranking Tied at #68 for Universities in the West (2015)*
Location Ogden, UT
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $4,990 (in-state), $13,311 (out-of-state)**
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's
Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 143**
Most Popular Criminal Justice Degree Level in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (119 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 35%**
Noteworthy WSU is tied at #24 for top public schools in the West (2015)*

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

Weber State University

  • The criminal justice department offers multiple scholarship opportunities for students in the discipline
  • The majority of criminal justice faculty members have experience working out in the field
  • The master's program in criminal justice has a convenient online program delivery

Weber State University sits on a campus of more than 500 acres that contains over 60 buildings. WSU has an enrollment of roughly 26,000 students. It offers more 2-year and 4-year programs than any school in the state, having greater than 250 program options at the undergraduate level. The university offers around 10 degree program options at the graduate level.

Undergraduate criminal justice foundation coursework touches on areas of ethics and criminal law, and other topics of study include policing and the courts. Additionally, in the bachelor's degree program, students pick 1 of 3 concentrations, including criminal justice, crime scene investigation or forensic science. The online MSCJ with a thesis option requires courses on statistics, delinquency and research methods, and students can complete electives such as social control, diversity, legal foundations and technology in the field.

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