Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Criminal Justice Colleges in New Mexico

There are a wide variety of programs available through universities offering criminal justice degrees. Below you will find a listing of schools by city as well as online criminal justice colleges that offer classes throughout New Mexico.

New Mexico is an iconic southwestern state. Influenced by both Native American and Spanish culture, New Mexico is also known as the "Land of Enchantment." Santa Fe is the state capital and one of the most popular tourist attractions. Albuquerque is the largest city and the commercial center of the state. Other large cities include Farmington, Los Alamos, Las Cruces, Roswell, and Silver City. Some of New Mexico’s tourist destinations include the Navajo Nation, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and New Mexico Pueblos. Currently, the residents of New Mexico are facing an 8.9 percent unemployment rate, which is lower than the national median of 9.5 percent. An interesting higher education fact is that New Mexico has the highest concentration of Ph.D. holders than any other state in the country, thanks in part to the state’s numerous research facilities. New Mexico currently boasts eight public universities at eighteen campuses, seven private universities, and nine two-year institutions.

New Mexico recorded a population of just over 2 million citizens in 2009. With nearly 200,000 crimes reported that year, the state maintained a crime index of 87,500. The greatest crimes committed involved property crimes (75,000), larceny or theft (46,500), burglary (22,000), and violent crimes (12,500). With these statistics, New Mexico ranks 10th in property crimes, 7th in murders, 2nd in forcible rapes, 24th in robberies, 6th in aggravated assault, 3rd in burglaries, 19th in larcenies, and 8th in vehicle thefts. In violent crimes, New Mexico ranks 9th in the country with more than 7 crimes committed for every 1,000 residents. This average is higher than the national median of 4.7 crimes per 1,000 residents. Because of the rural nature of the state, there are only an average of 17 crimes reported per square mile, which is much lower than the national average of nearly 50 crimes per mile.

Whether you’re interested in a degree in corrections, criminology, or any other bachelor’s or master’s justice degree, the search for finding the right criminal justice academy for you begins with requesting a free information packet from schools in your area by following the links below.

Online Colleges Offering Classes in NM

University of Phoenix Kaplan University Capella University

Albuquerque Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix ITT-Tech Campus

Santa Fe Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix

Santa Teresa Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix

Interested in a criminal justice career in New Mexico? Take a look at some of the best crime-fighting jobs in the state.

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

National Employment: 13,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $42.13

National Mean Annual Wage: $87,620

New Mexico Employment: 40

New Mexico Hourly Mean Wage: $52.82

New Mexico Annual Mean Wage: $109,880

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

National Employment: 8,110

National Mean Hourly Wage: $30.41

National Mean Annual Wage: $63,250

New Mexico Employment: 50

New Mexico Hourly Mean Wage: $16.07

New Mexico Annual Mean Wage: $33,430

Bailiffs

National Employment: 17,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $19.35

National Mean Annual Wage: $40,240

New Mexico Employment: 50

New Mexico Hourly Mean Wage: $16.07

New Mexico Annual Mean Wage: $33,430

Correctional Officers and Jailers

National Employment: 455,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.49

National Mean Annual Wage: $42,610

New Mexico Employment: 4,010

New Mexico Hourly Mean Wage: $17.70

New Mexico Annual Mean Wage: $36,810

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

National Employment: 110,380

National Mean Hourly Wage: $31.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $65,860

New Mexico Employment: 1,860

New Mexico Hourly Mean Wage: $26.27

New Mexico Annual Mean Wage: $54,650

First Line Supervisors/ Managers of Correctional Officers

National Employment: 45,540

National Mean Hourly Wage: $28.76

National Mean Annual Wage: $59,810

New Mexico Employment: 230

New Mexico Hourly Mean Wage: $23.58

New Mexico Annual Mean Wage: $49,040

First Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives

National Employment: 99,900

National Mean Hourly Wage: $37.78

National Mean Annual Wage: $78,580

New Mexico Employment: 950

New Mexico Hourly Mean Wage: $31.71

New Mexico Annual Mean Wage: $65,960

Fish and Game Wardens

National Employment: 7,530

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.42

National Mean Annual Wage: $54,950

New Mexico Employment: N/A

New Mexico Hourly Mean Wage: $18.38

New Mexico Annual Mean Wage: $38,240

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

National Employment: 26,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $49.99

National Mean Annual Wage: $103,990

New Mexico Employment: 1,030

New Mexico Hourly Mean Wage: $27.40

New Mexico Annual Mean Wage: $56,990

Law Clerks

National Employment: 32,630

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.17

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,960

New Mexico Employment: 120

New Mexico Hourly Mean Wage: $24.14

New Mexico Annual Mean Wage: $50,220

Lawyers

National Employment: 556,790

National Mean Hourly Wage: $62.03

National Mean Annual Wage: $129,020

New Mexico Employment: 2,620

New Mexico Hourly Mean Wage: $43.35

New Mexico Annual Mean Wage: $90,160

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

National Employment: 246,810

National Mean Hourly Wage: $24.08

National Mean Annual Wage: $50,080

New Mexico Employment: 1,480

New Mexico Hourly Mean Wage: $20.03

New Mexico Annual Mean Wage: $41,650

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

National Employment: 641,590

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.53

National Mean Annual Wage: $55,180

New Mexico Employment: 3,950

New Mexico Hourly Mean Wage: $20.88

New Mexico Annual Mean Wage: $43,430

Private Detectives and Investigators

National Employment: 31,250

National Mean Hourly Wage: $22.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $47,130

New Mexico Employment: 40

New Mexico Hourly Mean Wage: $31.12

New Mexico Annual Mean Wage: $64,730

Data Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes