Email from many many readers: Hey Radek, I think it goes without saying, what are the best criminal justice schools in California? Quit holding out on us.
I’m not holding out. Really, I’m not.
You would think that California has the best Criminal Justice schools in the United States, but the truth is not that clear cut. California has one of the biggest university networks in the world, but only a handful of criminal justice schools can qualify as the top victor in the degree program arena. Yes, it’s true. Despite its large size and many colleges and universities, California lacks in the best Criminal Justice colleges department.
Before you see the list, you should know that the University of California (UC) system has many great academic institutions, as does the California State University (CSU) system. Most will argue that UC schools reign supreme. For the most part, I agree. Seeking criminal justice degree options at any UC or CSU universities is a great start.
Enough chit-chat. Here’s the list.
best criminal justice schools in California
- University of California – Irvine
- California State University – Sacramento (a.k.a. Sacramento State)
- San Jose State University
UC Irvine was rated #5 on usnews.com – US News & World Report – for Criminology related programs. I’ve asked around, scoured the Web, and even made a few phone calls to some of my academic contacts to verify as much information as I could. I was truly surprised that there aren’t too many more California schools that can take the title of “Best.”
All of these CA schools are highly regarded in academia and the work force.
Please share your opinions or expert knowledge about the top criminal justice schools in California. If you want to see how I picked these top schools please go back to Best Criminal Justice Schools and Colleges page.