Tukwila, WA, Criminal Justice Technology School Options
Individuals in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila, WA, have some options when pursuing a postsecondary education in criminal justice technology. This article looks at three schools within a 20-minute drive that offer undergraduate and graduate programs. A table offers information on the schools, helping students compare various programs. Brief information on several other schools with relevant studies is also included in this article.
- Located about 11 miles from downtown, Seattle University offers bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice with specializations in administration of justice, criminology/criminal justice theory, forensic psychology and forensic science. It also offers an undergraduate certificate program and a master's degree program.
- Highline College offers an associate's degree program in criminal justice. Highline is about 10 miles from the city center.
- Bellevue College, approximately 14 miles from downtown, offers an associate's degree program in criminal justice.
Comparison of Schools
Students must consider many aspects when choosing a college. The following table offers an easy way to compare schools, with information including costs, graduation rates and enrollment.
|Seattle University||Highline College||Bellevue College|
|School Type||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; public; primarily associate degrees||4-year; public; primarily associate degrees|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||7,278*||6,824*||13,322*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Midsize city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-18)||$42,885*||$3,936 for in-state; $4,358 for out-of-state*||$3,699 for in-state; $9,052 for out-of-state*|
|% of students receiving financial aid (2016-2017)||96%*||47%*||49%*|
|Acceptance rate (2017)||74%*||Open admissions policy*||Open admissions policy*|
|Retention rate (2017)||84% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students*||Not available*||Not available*|
|Graduation rate (students starting in 2011)||75%*||30%*||24%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Seattle University offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminal justice. These programs focus on the criminal justice process and on various aspects of the criminal justice system. The university offers both a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. There are also graduate and certificate programs available in this field.
Certificate in Crime Analysis
Seattle University offers a Certificate in Crime Analysis program designed for professionals interested in training to become entry-level crime analysts at local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. It provides training to help individuals work as intelligence analysts. Crime analysts conduct statistical studies of crime data to identify crime patterns and trends for use by the government and the public.
Bachelor of Criminal Justice
Seattle University's Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree program offers specializations in administration of justice, criminology/criminal justice theory, forensic psychology and forensic science. The university notes that the forensic science concentration provides a stronger physical science foundation than the other specializations but that it will not prepare the graduate for employment as a crime lab forensic scientist. This degree program requires 180 quarter credits, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (2.5 GPA for major classes).
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Seattle University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program offers specializations in forensic psychology and forensic science. This degree requires more courses in math and science than the Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree program. These physical science courses include general chemistry, organic chemistry, anatomy and physiology and quantitative analysis. Students should consult with their academic advisors about their course of study.
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
Seattle University's Master of Arts in Criminal Justice is a research-intensive program focused on crime and how society responds to it. This program, which may be completed in two years, is one of only seven in the U.S. certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, according to the university. Students need 55 credits to graduate, with optional concentrations in victimology, investigative criminology or criminal justice research. Scholarships are available.
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice/Juris Doctor
The university offers a joint Master of Arts in Criminal Justice/Juris Doctor degree program for individuals interested in completing both degrees together in a shorter time than it would take to do it separately. Students must complete in-depth studies on criminal law and criminal justice policies. The program develops students into leaders, researchers and practitioners of criminal justice. In this program, students decide whether to spend the first year of study in the Department of Criminal Justice or in the School of Law and the second year in the other school. Courses must be taken at both schools in the last two years. Applicants must be admitted separately to each school.
Highline College offers an associate degree in criminal justice. The college is about 10 miles from Tukwila, in the city of Des Moines.
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice
The college's Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree program provides students with training in the criminal justice process and prepares them for entry-level employment in law enforcement or a related field. Courses cover topics such as criminal justice, the justice system, arrest, search and seizure laws, conflict management, administration of justice and policing fundamentals.
Bellevue College offers an associate degree in criminal justice program that provides students with knowledge about the court system, law enforcement and corrections. The program may be transferable to a 4-year bachelor's degree program.
Associate in Applied Science - Transfer in Criminal Justice
The program prepares students for jobs in law enforcement, community services and related occupations. It focuses on technical criminal justice courses. Courses in the criminal justice area include police photography, fingerprint technology, criminal evidence and procedures, constitutional law and criminal interrogation principles. The transfer program is designed to prepare students to enter Bachelor of Applied Science programs; typically, only the general education credits will transfer to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program.
Other School Options
Criminal justice degree programs are also available at Shoreline Community College, located 21.8 miles away from Tukwila, and at Green River Community College, located 17.2 miles away. Everett Community College, which is about 41.9 miles away, also offers a degree program in criminal justice.