Criminal Justice at UVU

The Criminal Justice Department at Utah Valley University prepares students for stimulating careers in law enforcement and forensic technology. Our program provides a comprehensive skill set and an understanding of complex issues related to the criminal justice system.

Program/Degree Objectives

Upon completing a degree in Criminal Justice, students will gain skills and knowledge in:

  1. Interviewing witnesses and suspects.
  2. Crime scene processing.
  3. Patrol and basic field procedures.
  4. Criminal laws and procedures.
  5. Ethical issues in criminal justice.

Get StartedProgram Learning Outcomes

  • Crime Scene Technician Job Posting
  • Criminal Justice SkillsUSA 2017
  • Gallup poll says respect for police near all-time high.
  • Master of Public Service coming fall 2017
  • National Security Events
  • Alpha Phi Sigma Club at UVU
  • Online Associate Degree from UVU
  • Financial Crimes Investigation Course
  • Center for National Security Studies
  • Join the National Security Society club
  • UVU CJ Facebook page



Growing Program

Graduates since 2008 and a 54% graduation increase since 2012




Hands-on training in a fully equipped state/federal level forensic laboratory

Earn A DEgree Online

Now offering online instruction and degree in Criminal Justice.

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National Recognition

SkillsUSA champions: 3 gold medals in criminal justice, 1 silver medal in criminal justice, and 2 silver medals in crime scene investigations.


Experienced Faculty

Full-time faculty including Former FBI, defense attorney, local police, and more.

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Career Success

50% of all Utah County police officer positions are filled with graduates from our state-certified satellite police academy.


50 Prominent Republican National Security Experts Denounce Trump, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, August 10, 2016.

Security Concerns for the Olympic Games in Brazil, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, August 4, 2016.

American Fork Appoints Police Chief from its Own Ranks, Daily Herald, July 28, 2016.

What You Need to Know About the Turkish Military Coup, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, July 20, 2016.

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Forensic Science
Police Academy
National Security Studies
Brad Dixon

Student Highlight: Brad Dixon

Following graduation at UVU, I finished my Master's in Global Studies (focusing on issues of Terrorism) and a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Defense from Missouri State University and worked at the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management. Both were great opportunities, but I feel like my education at UVU is what gave me the boost I needed to get where I want in my career. I also graduated from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Academy, receiving credentials as a Special Agent on February 3, 2017.

More Highlights


  • ATF Agent
  • Bounty Hunter
  • Correctional Case Manager
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Crime Analyst
  • Crime Perception Specialist
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Criminalist
  • Customs Agent
  • Evidence Technician
  • Federal Protective Service
  • Gaming Surveillance Officer
  • Gang Investigator
  • Homeland Security Careers
  • Immigration Paralegal
  • IRS Special Agent
  • K9 Officer
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Legal Secretary
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • NSA Police
  • Park Ranger
  • Parole Officer
  • Prison Guard
  • Prison Warden
  • Special Function Officer
  • US Postal Inspector
  • Victim Advocate
  • Victim Services Coordinator