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Which California Schools Offer Parole Officer Degree Programs?

Learn about parole officer degree programs in California. Get information about degrees available and admission and program requirements to make an informed decision about your education.

Preview four California colleges with parole officer training degrees. Find out information on graduate and undergraduate programs in the field from these institutions.

What You Need to Know

Associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs are available to help you start or advance in your parole officer career. The associate's program will take you about two years to earn, while a bachelor's degree requires about four years. Both programs include general education courses among the requirements for graduation.

A master's degree in this field is usually designed to help you move into a management position. Earning your master's degree could take two years.

Parole Officer Associate's Program in California

College of Marin

You may transfer credits earned in this program to a 4-year institution in California if you wish to earn a bachelor's in sociology. The program can prepare you for a job as a parole or probation officer. Courses include social problems and deviance, data analysis and research methods in sociology, global social programs, criminology and social psychology.

  • Program Name: Associate in Arts in Sociology
  • Program Length: 19 units full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,492 per year for in-state; $9,712 per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • School Type: 2-year, public (5,026 undergraduates)

Parole Officer Bachelor's Programs in California

California State University - Long Beach

After graduating from this bachelor's program, you will be prepared to take an entry-level social work position, such as a parole officer. You must complete a practicum in your junior year and a field placement in your senior year. Classes include social welfare introduction, social environment and human behavior, social policy and social work research methods.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
  • Program Length: 120 units full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,798 per year for in-state; $18,678 per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Admission Requirements: Course in abnormal psychology and GWAR, fieldwork, criminal background check and health screening
  • School Type: 4-year, public (37,466 total student population with 31,690 undergraduates)

California State University - San Bernardino

This program prepares you for a career in law enforcement, such as a parole officer. Required courses include criminal law, criminal justice system, criminal justice research methods and statistics, delinquency and crime theories, correctional theory, police systems and studies in criminal justice. You may choose elective courses such as victimology, correctional counseling, terrorism and forensic profiling.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Program Length: 180 units full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,922 per year for in-state; $18,802 per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Admission Requirements: Courses in English, oral communication, math and critical thinking (psychology, sociology, math or philosophy)
  • School Type: 4-year, public (20,238 total student population with 17,967 undergraduates)

San Diego State University

This bachelor's degree program has a practicum requirement, which may take the form of a service learning experience, internship or the opportunity to study abroad. You may specialize or choose your electives according to your interests. Core courses include law in society, justice, law and crime, behavior and crime, social control and criminal justice and planning research in criminal justice.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Program Length: 120 units full-time
  • Field of Study Options: Law in society, crime and behavior and criminal justice systems
  • Tuition and Fees: $7,488 per year for in-state; $19,340 per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Courses in American politics and government, study of society, social problems and social statistics
  • School Type: 4-year, public (35,303 total student population with 30,586 undergraduates)

Parole Officer Master's Program in California

California State University - Long Beach

Earning a master's degree in criminal justice provides you with the knowledge to seek an administration position in parole and probation. You will take core courses in professional writing, criminological theory, research methods in criminal justice, criminal justice and advanced statistics, policy in criminal justice and criminal justice ethics. You must pass a qualifying departmental exam before starting your thesis or master's essay exam in the area of social control and law, corrections or policing.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Program Length: 36 units full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,232 per year for in-state; $17,736 per year for out-of-state (2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's in criminal justice
  • Admission Requirements: GRE scores, transcript, three recommendation letters, resume and letter of intent
  • School Type: 4-year, public (37,466 total student population with 31,690 undergraduates)

California's four previewed schools offer parole officer degrees at the associate's (College of Marin), bachelor's (California State University - Long Beach, California State University - San Bernadino, San Diego State University), and master's (California State University - Long Beach) levels.