Criminal justice degrees are available at the associate, bachelor's and master’s degree levels. (Doctoral programs in criminal justice are also available at some universities.) These programs provide knowledge to help you succeed in the complex world of modern law enforcement, security and corrections. Courses may include ethics and cultural competency in addition to report writing, de-escalation techniques and other skills necessary for criminal justice careers.
Finally, a criminal justice degree can prepare graduates to pursue a variety of different career options. In addition to working as a patrol officer or investigator, a degree can prepare you for public administration, corporate security, loss prevention or corrections and parole officer jobs. Criminal justice degrees may also provide educational benefits for those pursuing law school or other legal careers.