Criminal Justice Schools in Alaska

ASO Staff Writers
Updated May 9, 2023
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Exploring Alaska’s Criminal Justice Programs and Career Opportunities

Professionals working in criminal justice in Alaska work against a unique backdrop. The Bureau of Land Management controls 22 million acres in the southern half of the state alone – this amount of land, in combination with borders to Canada and proximity to Russia, means there is more opportunity for officers, troopers, border patrollers and land wardens in Alaska than in many other states. The U.S. Census Bureau also reports Alaska to have the 12th highest rate of violent crime in the nation, requiring a higher number of law enforcement and legal professionals to maintain legal standards. Students who are interested in filling these positions can explore Alaska’s criminal justice educational options here, as well as find program rankings and degree requirements for potential careers.

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The Best Criminal Justice Schools in Alaska

Criminal justice is a diverse field, and students pursing a criminal justice degree in Alaska should carefully research and consider the programs that are available to them in-state. This list ranks the best criminal justice programs available in Alaska, and can help students differentiate among schools by factors like tuition, graduation rates and student-teacher ratios.

University of Alaska Fairbanks
LocationFairbanks, AK

Through the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), students from all over can earn a bachelor's degree in justice, with online, hybrid and on-campus programs available. Reduced tuition may be available for those in the military and for high school students, and through various partnerships with colleges not offering criminal justice programs, courses from UAF may be available through the school's Small Campus Initiative. UAF also offers a master's degree in administration of justice, which focuses on the management side of the criminal justice field. The master's program is only offered online, with a one week campus visit required towards the end of the program.

University of Alaska Anchorage
LocationAnchorage, AK

The University of Alaska Anchorageæ(UAA) Justice Center has several justice and legal studies undergraduate degree options, including a major or minor in justice, a bachelor's degree in legal studies and an AAS degree in paralegal studies. UAA also offers a legal nurse consultant certificate and a post-bachelor's certificate in paralegal studies, along with accelerated bachelor's and law degrees available through partnerships with universities in Washington and Oregon. UAA's Justice Center is an established research and academic unit by the Alaska Legislature, and houses the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis and Alaska Justice Information Centers, giving students the opportunity to be involved in legal and justice research.

Most Popular Criminal Justice Careers in Alaska

As students consider degree and certification programs, they should look ahead to careers that may become available to them after they finish. The table below may be helpful for prospective students as it will clearly illustrate some popular careers in the field. Additional information included outlines the total number of people in the field in Alaska, what they make, and what education they need.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015

Side by Side: How Alaska Compares to Criminal Justice Nationally

Students who are considering applying to criminal justice programs in Alaska will want to think about which specialization or field of study they would like to focus on. The field of criminal justice is diverse, and some specific careers require a higher level of education than others. Students will likely have a goal of an annual salary, and they need to know what they need to do to achieve that goal. The tables below illustrate some potential careers, in terms of both mean salary and potential growth, and compares them with the national average.


Supervisors: Patrol Officers85,810102,910
Corrections Officers45,32059,100
Detectives, Criminal Investigators79,620112,000
Admin Law Judges, Adjudicators93,140107,380
Judges, Magistrates116,100161,880
Paralegals and Legal Assistants52,39066,470
Title Examiners, Abstractors49,84059,790
Supervisors: Fire and Prevention74,97081,020
Police, Sheriff and Patrol Officers61,27077,230

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015

Job Growth

Fish and Game Wardens0.0160.054
Corrections Officers0.0220.033
Detectives, Criminal Investigators-0.0120.058
Forest, Conservation Technician-0.0550.022
Compliance Officers0.0160.033
Supervisors: Police, Patrol Officers0.0150.043
Probation Officers0.0220.036

Source: Projections Central, 2015

Where to Get Hired After Criminal Justice School in Alaska

Some students may be interested in the general field of criminal justice, but can’t know for sure until they learn about how the degree might translate into a career in the real world. When choosing a focus or specialization during school, criminal justice students in Alaska should also think about the location they’d eventually like to work. To get an idea about where the criminal justice jobs are in Alaska, take a look at the map below, which includes salary data by area and a list of potential employers.

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Potential Employers

Nesbett Courthouse; Fairbanks Correctional Center; Juneau Police Department; Alaska Wildlife Troopers; University of Alaska; Fairbanks Police Department; Bethel Police Department; Anchorage Animal Control; private detectives and investigator firms; Alaska Department of Commerce; Fairbanks North Star Borough School District; Alaska Recreational Protective Service Alyeska Ski Resort; Juneau International Airport

Total Number of Employees in Alaska: 7,640

Legal Occupations

Potential Employers

Alaska Department of Law; Boney Courthouse; Alaska Department of Administrative Hearings; Falmouth Institute; Alaska Association of Paralegals; private practice law firms; ACLU Alaska; State of Alaska; Alaska Department of the Interior

Total Number of Employees in Alaska: 2,140

Professional Resources for Criminal Justice in Alaska


Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development

The DCCED is the resource hub for people who are looking to start a business and stay in compliance with state regulations throughout the process. There are also links to related organizations and corporations, including banking and securities, economic development and insurance.

Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office

A division of the DCCED, the AMCO assists the DCCED with its mission of control of alcohol and marijuana commerce to address the public health and safety concerns of Alaskans. The office is made up of several business registration examiners, investigators, a program director and a program coordinator.

Anchorage Chamber of Commerce

From sponsoring events and helping businesses interact with their communities to working on business legislation, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is a resource for local business regulation and reform. Their Young Professionals group is one of the largest in the nation.

Regulatory Commission of Alaska

The RCA regulates utilities and pipeline carriers throughout the state. It also monitors active certificates for public utilities and pipelines. A wide range of activities are covered under these active certificates, from small village water and waste water systems to fully regulated telecommunications companies.

Workplace Alaska

This website is a posting place for government jobs in Alaska. Those interested in business compliance, legal or protective service positions currently available within state and local governments can use this online database as a jumping off point.


Alaska Correctional Officers Association

The ACOA is an advocating organization that promotes the safety and enhancement of the profession. This is an independent labor organization that holds officers returning to their family safely at the end of each shift as its primary goal.

Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice

For information on juvenile treatment, detention and justice programs, visit this Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice website. Along with providing youth-related justice reports and statistics, the DJJ offers resources for community youth programs, families and individuals, and lists information for prospective employees.

Job Opportunities, Alaska Department of Corrections Officer Recruitment

Active job postings are listed here for the correctional centers throughout the state. Correctional officers aren’t the only ones who can find a job here; posting are also available for administrative assistants, criminal justice technicians and education coordinators.


Alaska Court System

Through the website, professionals can search for job opportunities for law clerks and other positions that are open across the state. It has specific links for judges, and also provides information on the state Supreme Court.

Alaska Department of Law, Civil Division

The Civil Division of the ADL handles court counsel for cases including the State of Alaska, providing legal advice to the governor and executive branches of state government. The site includes information on criminal justice as well as law resources and employment opportunities.

Alaska Judicial Council

The AJC is the regulating body for judges in the state of Alaska. It makes decisions on judicial applicants and evaluates judges’ performance, making its findings available to the votes who elect them.

National Center for State Courts – Alaska

NCSC is the hub of information that courts turn to on a national basis, and its page on Alaska details the specifics of the Alaska courts. It details the funding principles, the steps the state has taken to address recessions and how much of the state’s budgets come from state and federal grant appropriation.


Alaska Association of Collaborative Professionals

A collection of lawyers and counseling professionals offering out-of-court legal resources for divorce litigation and resolving disputes respectfully. A portion of services are offered for free, and the organization connects professionals to families in need.

Alaska Association of Legal Administrators

A member-based organization, the Alaska ALA is the state level of the national group. The members share the goal of increasing professionalism in the field. Legal administrators gain a large support network and meet monthly, allowing them to exchange information and resources and set further goals for the group.

Alaska Bar Association

As lawyers in Alaska pass the bar exam and become certified, they gain entrance into the Alaska Bar Association. Member benefits include discounts on banking and communications companies, a gym membership and research software.

Alaska Justice Forum

An extension of the University of Alaska Anchorage, the “Alaska Justice Forum” is a publication that compiles research and other articles on the justice system and legal issues facing the state and people of Alaska.

Alaska Legal Services Corporation

ALSC is a non-profit organization of lawyers that provides legal service to low income and disadvantaged people and communities. The organization has job opportunities, hosts legal training and posts volunteer openings on this page.

American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska

The ALCU of Alaska is a local branch of the national group with a mission of coalition-building, grassroots advocacy and legislation. This is a great site to stay up to date on current civil liberties issues and to find out how to get involved.


Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police

The AACOP is an organization made up of the state’s leaders in the police force. It has great influence over the state’s legislative process as its members lobby for the interests of law enforcement.

Alaska Peace Officers Association

The APOA is a member-based organization consisting of police officers, corrections officers, security professionals and prosecutors. A non-profit, the group advocates for its members through involvement with the legislature, and also lobbies for improvements in the justice system.

Division of Alaska State Troopers

Criminal justice students who are interested in law enforcement will likely consider the Alaska State Troopers. The goal of these professionals is to preserve the peace, enforce the law, prevent and detect crime and protect life and property. Divisions of the Troopers include Bureau of Investigation, Judicial Services and Bureau of Highway Patrol.


Alaska Conservation Foundation

A public organization, ACF’s goal is to protect Alaska’s natural environment. They use tools of philanthropy, leadership and direct resources to organizations and initiatives. Internships are available to students and prospective professionals in this arena.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Professionals looking to get involved with wildlife conservation should consider volunteering with the AWCC. The non-profit is committed to preserving the state’s wildlife through public education efforts. Memberships are available, and AWCC provides a network for criminal justice professionals in the environmental arena.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers

The goal of the Troopers is to protect natural resources through wildlife enforcement. Alaska has a stunning natural landscape, and this is the group responsible for protecting it. This site has all the information one needs for learning about a career as Alaska Wildlife Trooper, including job requirements, opportunities and details on their academy.

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