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Criminal Justice in New Mexico

If you are looking for a criminal justice school in New Mexico, you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of traditional colleges and universities offering well respected and accredited criminal justice programs. If you live in New Mexico but would prefer to get your criminal justice degree online, click here for a list of the top online schools.

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There are reasons why New Mexico is called the “Land of Enchantment.”

No state in the country is as steeped in history with three cultures — Native American, Hispanic and Anglo — that have lived side-by-side for hundreds of years. The natural beauty found in Northern New Mexico is vastly different than rugged, Western feel of the southern part of the state.

URBAN AREAS ARE FEW
Santa Fe, “The City Different,” earns its moniker from being a tourist destination with a thriving arts community, a vast array of museums and some of the finest food in the world. Walk into any restaurant and you will hear the state question: “Red or green?”

The oldest capital in the United States, Santa Fe’s charm belies serious social issues that are often overlooked.

Albuquerque, an hour south of Santa Fe, is the largest city in New Mexico. It is a thriving business center with some of the same natural beauty as its neighbor to the north. But like Santa Fe, socio-economic issues in Albuquerque have given rise to serious crime concerns.

Another four hours south of Albuquerque is Las Cruces, a retirement community that is only 60-plus miles from Mexico. Mostly known for agriculture crops, Las Cruces is home to New Mexico State and the Chile Pepper Institute.

POVERTY PLUS UNEMPLOYMENT EQUALS CRIME
With few urban centers, New Mexico is mostly a rural state with about 2 million residents. There are not many jobs. The economy, based on tourism, agriculture and military fluctuates. The result — some of the nation’s highest poverty and unemployment rates. Crime rates, numerous statistics prove, are related to these rates.

And as New Mexico continues its methodical growth and crime statistics inch upward, more and more criminal justice jobs will need to be filled.

The scope of criminal justice jobs ranges from law enforcement to attorneys to positions within protective services.

There are 25 schools offering various criminal justice degrees, according to bestcriminaljustice.com. And there are grants and scholarships available to help pay the cost of education.

Scholarships.com is a good place to begin looking for help to pay for school. The website is easy to navigate. Visit often, though, as scholarship and grant offers might be updated daily.

Specific to New Mexico, the New Mexico Higher Education Department, the College Affordability Grant and individual school’s financial aid department can assist in helping find ways to finance and pay for school.

New Mexico Criminal Justice Programs
* – Denotes Online Program Available

Brookline College, Albuquerque

  • Associate of Arts – Justice Administration*
  • BS – Criminal Justice*

Carrington College, Albuquerque

  • AS – Paralegal Studies*

Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque

  • Certificate of Achievement – EMT: Basic
  • Certificate of Achievement – EMT: First Responder
  • Certificate of Achievement – EMT: Intermediate
  • Certificate of Achievement – Emergency Room Technician
  • Associate of Applied Science – Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science – EMT: Paramedic

Clovis Community College, Clovis

  • Associate of Applied Science – Criminal Justice*
  • Associate of Science – Legal Assistant

ITT Technical Institute, Albuquerque

  • AA – Criminal Justice
  • BS – Criminal Justice*
  • Bachelor of Science – Information Systems Security*

Luna Community College, Las Vegas

  • Certificate – Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice

Mesalands Community College, Tucumcari

  • Associate of Applied Science – Law Enforcement

Navajo Technical College, Crownpoint

  • Associate Degree – Law Advocate

New Mexico Junior College, Hobbs

  • Certificate – Corrections Officer
  • Certificate – Emergency Medical Technician
  • Certificate – Law Enforcement
  • Associate of Applied Science – Criminal Justice*
  • Associate of Applied Science – Legal Secretary
  • Associate of Applied Science – Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice*

New Mexico State University, Carlsbad, Las Cruces

  • Associate of Science – Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science – Criminal Justice*

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, Alamogordo

  • Associate of Applied Science – Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Science – Criminal Justice

New Mexico State University-Dona Ana Community College, Las Cruces

  • Associate of Applied Science – Corrections
  • Associate of Applied Science – Law Enforcement
  • Associate of Applied Science – Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Criminal Justice – Criminal Justice

New Mexico State University-Grants, Grants

  • Certificate – Corrections
  • Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science – Criminal Justice

Northern New Mexico College, Espanola

  • Associate of Applied Science – Police Science*
  • Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice

San Juan College, Farmington

  • Associate of Applied Science – Legal Assistant / Paralegal
  • Associate of Applied Science – Police Science
  • Certificate – Basic Police Academy

Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe

  • Certificate – Paralegal Studies
  • Certificate – Police Supervision
  • Associate of Applied Science – Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science – Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

  • Bachelor of Arts – Criminology

University of New Mexico – Valencia Campus, Los Lunas

  • Associate of Arts – Criminology

University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus, Gallup

  • Associate Degree – Legal Assistant

University of New Mexico-Taos Branch, Taos

  • Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice

University of Phoenix, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Santa Teresa

University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. Notice is a Commission sanction indicating that an institution is pursuing a course of action that, if continued, could lead it to be out of compliance with one or more Criteria for Accreditation. An institution on Notice remains accredited. At the end of the Notice period, The Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees may remove the sanction, place the institution on Probation if the identified concerns have not been addressed, or take other action. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org.

  • A.A. in Criminal Justice*
  • AA – Criminal Justice*
  • BS – Criminal Justice Administration: Human Services*
  • BS – Criminal Justice Administration: Management*
  • BS – Criminal Justice Administration*
  • BS – Organizational Security Management*
  • MS – Administration of Justice and Security*

University of the Southwest, Hobbs

  • Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice

Western New Mexico University, Silver City

  • Certificate – Police Academy
  • Associate of Science – Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Applied Science – Criminal Justice: Corrections
  • Bachelor of Applied Science – Criminal Justice: Policing

Willamette University, Roswell

  • Associate of Applied Science – National Security Science

William Carey University, Ruidoso

  • Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice

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