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)*|
|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.