School and Ranking Information
In the Los Angeles area, there are four schools offering criminal justice degree programs. Based on program offerings, ranking information and proximity, the top schools are:
- Winner: California State University - Long Beach offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in criminal justice and received U.S. News & World Report's (USNWR) #28 ranking among regional universities.
- Runner-Up #1: California State University - Los Angeles offers an undergraduate program and is also ranked among regional universities.
- Runner-Up #2: California State University - Dominguez Hills offers bachelor's degree programs and is seven miles away from Los Angeles.
School Comparison Chart
|California State University - Long Beach||California State University - Los Angeles||California State University - Dominguez Hills|
|Ranking||#32 among West regional universities (2014)*||#89 among West regional universities (2013)*||N/A|
|Location||Long Beach, California (15 miles from Los Angeles)||Los Angeles, California||Carson, California (7 miles from Los Angeles)|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; public||4-year; public|
|Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)|| $6,052 (in-state, undergraduate),
$17,710 (out-of-state, undergraduate),
$7,496 (in-state, graduate),
$17,052 (out-of-state, graduate)**
| $6,101 (in-state, undergraduate),
$17,759 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
| $6,095 (in-state, undergraduate),
$17,753 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
|Criminal Justice Degrees Offered||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Bachelor's degrees||Bachelor's degrees|
|Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2011-2012||168**||179**||95**|
|Most Popular Program in 2011-2012||Bachelor of Science (155 degrees awarded)**||Bachelor of Science (179 degrees awarded)**||Bachelor of Science (95 degrees awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (150% of Normal Program Time for 2006 entering class)||57%**||37%**||28%**|
|Noteworthy||Criminal Justice Student Association||Master of Science program beginning 2014||N/A|
Sources: *US News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator
Winner: California State University - Long Beach
- Undergraduate and graduate degree programs
- 4 integrative experience options
- Chapter of Criminal Justice Student Association
California State University - Long Beach opened its doors in 1949 in a converted apartment building. Today, through the College of Health and Human Services and the Department of Criminal Justice, students can pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminal justice. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice program can be used as pre-law preparation and features coursework on police administration, correctional environments, domestic violence and cybercrime. Cognate courses include the study of sociology, abnormal psychology and American government.
Students in the BS program will complete integrative experience through one of four options, including a professional internship, independent study, experiential learning or thesis. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice with the option of completing either a master's thesis or a comprehensive examination. Students will complete courses on advanced statistics and professional writing, as well as elective options such as juvenile justice and community corrections. The school is also home to a chapter of the Criminal Justice Student Association.
Runner-Up #1: California State University - Los Angeles
- Undergraduate criminal Justice program (graduate program scheduled for 2014 admission)
- Graduate criminalistics program
Founded in 1947, California State University - Los Angeles originally opened as Los Angeles State College. Through the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics, students can pursue a BS in Criminal Justice with courses on judicial organization, criminal justice research, crime control policy and community policing. Students will also complete a course on correctional systems, covering topics such as custodial interrelationships, record-keeping and security issues.
Although the school does not currently offer a graduate program in criminal justice, a Master of Science program is scheduled to begin admitting students in Fall 2014. Graduate students looking to pursue a career as a forensic scientist can pursue the MS in Criminalistics program currently offered.
Runner-Up #2: California State University - Dominguez Hills
- Undergraduate program in administration
- Required internship
California State University - Dominguez Hills is located in the city of Carson, and was originally formed in 1962 as South Bay State College. The College of Business Administration and Public Policy was established in 1973 and today offers a BS in Criminal Justice Administration through the Department of Public Administration and Public Policy. The program includes course topics such as policing, administrative law and juvenile justice, as well as a required professional internship. Elective topics in the program cover topics such as personnel administration, criminal law procedure and corrections.