Criminal Justice Career Training in San Bernardino, CA

Dec 15, 2018

The San Bernardino area has at least seven schools that offer criminal justice career programs. Learn about the degrees and certificates, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools that are no more than 20 miles from downtown San Bernardino to make an informed education decision.

San Bernardino Criminal Justice Programs

Students searching for criminal justice career training in San Bernardino will find two schools within the city limits and another less than half an hour's drive away. The schools offer certificate, bachelor's and master's degree programs in criminal justice. This article also contains a table that lists important facts about the three schools, such as enrollment and tuition costs. At the end of the article is a little information about other area schools with criminal justice programs.

  • San Bernardino Valley College, less than a mile from downtown, has a certificate program that can help prepare students for a career in corrections.
  • At California State University - San Bernardino, students will find a variety of programs with several focus options. This school, about six miles from the downtown area, offers a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in criminal justice.
  • Students wishing to study criminal justice in a Christian environment may enjoy the bachelor's degree program at California Baptist University. The school is about 15 miles from San Bernardino's center.

Comparison of Schools

Students looking for a school should investigate them thoroughly. The following table provides an easy way to compare the three schools featured in this article.

San Bernardino Valley College California State University - San Bernardino California Baptist University
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 13,892* 20,692* 9,941*
Campus Setting Midsize city Midsize city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $1,238 in-state, $5,500 out-of-state* $6,885 in-state, $18,765 out-of-state* $32,256*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017) 86%* 91%* 95%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A Open admissions* 57%* 77%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 68% full-time, 50% part-time* 85% full-time, 67% part-time* 78% full-time, 45% part-time*
Graduation Rate 19% (for students beginning in 2014)* 54% (for students beginning in 2011)* 59% (for students beginning in 2011)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator

San Bernardino Valley College

The curriculum in this school's program covers law enforcement, courts and corrections, but the primary focus is on the area of corrections. This is a 21-unit certificate program.

Administration of Justice Certificate Program

There are 15 units of required courses that cover studies in the administration of justice, criminal law and community relations. Students also need six units of electives and can choose from subjects such as juvenile procedures, supervision and control in corrections, corrections counseling and gangs in the corrections system.

California State University - San Bernardino

This university has two programs with a variety of options that allow students to tailor their studies to meet their career goals.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

This bachelor's degree requires the completion of 180 credits for graduation. Students will study topics like oral communication, critical thinking, criminal law, theories of crime and delinquency, statistics in criminal justice, police and police systems, victimology, correctional administration and community policing. Students can choose to participate in an internship in criminal justice and a senior honors project.

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Graduate students will find that this degree program offers distinct formats for different end goals. The thesis program was designed for students wishing to pursue criminal justice system research or further graduate studies. For students seeking managerial or administrative roles in the criminal justice system, the exam program is recommended. To be eligible for the master's program, students must have an undergraduate degree in an area of criminal justice with a 3.0 GPA.

California Baptist University

At California Baptist University, the faculty integrates Christian faith into the curriculum.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

While the program covers all aspects of the criminal justice system, the focus of this school's curriculum lies in law enforcement. The program can also be used to provide a foundation for graduate studies. The curriculum covers subjects such as police systems and practices, courts, constitutional law and research methods. Elective options include delinquency and crime, criminal investigations, report writing and hate crime.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Online

California Baptist University offers this degree completion program in an online format. The program requires prerequisites in English composition and algebra. The lower division requirements are the same as the on-campus program. Upper-division requirements are similar; however, students in this program will take ethics for law enforcement, emergency management, information management, terrorism and homeland security and principles of public administration, among other topics.

Other School Options

There are two other schools with criminal justice career training located within about a half hour's drive from San Bernardino. Riverside City College, about 12 miles from the city, offers degrees, certificates and courses in criminal justice administration. Another option is Moreno Valley College which has law enforcement training programs. Moreno Valley College is about 25 miles from the city.

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