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

  • Online Bachelor's Degree
  • New Forensic Crime Scene House at UVU
  • Social Innovation Challenge
  • UVU wins 5 medals at skillsusa!
  • Gallup poll says respect for police near all-time high.
  • Learn about our Master of Public Service
  • National Security Events
  • Alpha Phi Sigma Club at 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


 Blake Vogt

Alumni Highlight: Blake Vogt

Blake graduated from UVU with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2009. He went on to get a Master’s degree in Crisis and Emergency Management from the University of Nevada’s (Las Vegas) College of Urban Affairs (2011). He was then hired by the United States Border Patrol. While at in training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Blake received the Director’s Leadership Award and was designated the Top Spanish Speaker of his training class. He has since received his Canine Handler Certification. Blake and his beautiful malinois [malinwa] canine partner, “Cash”, are a successful narcotics and human smuggling interdiction team on our southern border.

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