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Criminal Justice Degree Program in Seattle, WA with School Info

Research criminal justice programs in the Seattle area, which currently has seven schools offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, courses, admission info and program requirements for three schools within ten miles of downtown Seattle and decide which program is right for you.

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Seattle Criminal Justice Colleges

Students looking for a criminal justice degree program in Seattle, WA, have a few options. Get the specifics on three of the closest schools, all of which are just a short drive from downtown Seattle. Located near the end of the article is a table comparing important school statistics and a brief paragraph mentioning a couple other relevant school options.

  • Just 4.5 miles from downtown, the University of Washington - Seattle Campus offers a bachelor's degree in law, societies and justice.
  • Located 11 miles away in the nearby city of Bellevue, Bellevue College offers an associate's degree in criminal justice. Students can apply credit earned towards a bachelor's degree if desired.
  • Shoreline Community College, which is 11.5 miles from downtown Seattle, also has a criminal justice associate's degree program that allows for direct transfer of credit.

Comparison of Schools

Choosing the right school can be confusing. Get more info on the three schools in the table below.

University of Washington - Seattle Campus Bellevue College Shoreline Community College
School Type 4-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 46,166* 13,322* 6,128*
Campus Setting Large city Midsize city Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $10,974 in-state, $35,538 out-of-state* $3,699 in-state, $9,052 out-of-state* $3,802 in-state, $6,538 out-of-state*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Sort of Financial Aid (2017) 57%* 49%* 58%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 46%* N/A; Open admissions* N/A; Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 94% (full-time students)* N/A* 67% (full-time students)*
Graduation Rate (2017) 84%* 24% (22% transfer-out rate)* 31% (20% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

University of Washington - Seattle Campus

The University of Washington - Seattle's program can help students who have criminal justice career goals develop a broad range of critical-thinking and analytical skills to implement a creative approach to the field. This includes a strong focus on communication skills, both oral and written, as well as problem-solving methodology and cultural sensitivity. The program encourages students to participate in internships and volunteer work in the criminal justice field.

Bachelor's Degree in Law, Societies and Justice

Core classes in this program include studies in law and society, human rights and comparative law. Students can refine their studies through sub-field course options such as women and law, American Indians and the law, metropolitan policing or ethics in law and justice. The curriculum also requires students to complete a seminar on specific topics in law, society and justice, as well as an internship program in a setting such as a non-governmental organization focusing on the law or in a local court or probation office.

Bellevue College

Bellevue College offers a transfer degree program that can prepare students for work in the field of criminal justice or further study through a bachelor's degree program in a related field.

Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Required courses in this program include introductory studies in criminology, juvenile justice, criminology and criminal law. Students can further refine their studies through electives such as community policing, criminal evidence and procedures, police operations or constitutional law. If a student is planning on transferring to a bachelor's degree program, he or she should consult a student advisor to plan out a course of study because not all classes transfer to all institutions.

Shoreline Community College

This program was designed for students seeking immediate employment in areas such as corrections, law enforcement and private security.

Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice

Core classes include studies in criminal law, administration of justice and police operations. Electives are offered in areas such as crime prevention, forensic science and criminology. Students have the option of creating their own special project for credit. All students are required to participate in an internship project in the fifth or sixth quarter. The internship requires a criminal background check and past offenses may disqualify students from participating.

Other School Options

Highline Community College, located about 17 miles from downtown Seattle, offers an Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree program. Other options include the criminal justice certificate and associate's degree programs at Pierce College, which is 38 miles from downtown Seattle.

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