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Bachelor of Science Degree & Master of Science Degree

UCM's Criminal Justice degree program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and training you need for a successful career in the criminal justice field. This 140 credit-hour program combines the BS in Criminal Justice with the MS in Criminal Justice degrees and provides the student with a seamless path to complete the credit hours required for these two degrees.

Why choose Criminal Justice at UCM?

  • The program is one of the oldest Criminal Justice programs in the nation and is also one of the largest and most highly respected in the world.
  • The program boasts a more than 90 percent employment rate of their graduates within six months of graduation.
  • All faculty have criminal justice and/or criminology education and training.
  • An undergraduate internship course, allowing you to gain practical experience, is offered to those who qualify.

What will I study?
UCM's Criminal Justice program offers a holistic academic experience that balances classroom studies and hands-on opportunities. For the accelerated degree, teh first three years are spent on undergraduate cousework with years four and five devoted to graduate work.
Courses include:

  • Corrections
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Dynamics of Criminal Behavior
  • Introduction to CJ Research and Statistics
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice

Graduate Required Courses include:

  • Administration in Criminal Justice
  • Causes of Crime
  • Comparative and International Criminal Jusice Systems

What can I do with a degree in Criminal Justice?

  • Investigations (IRS, Insurance, U.S. Postal Inspector)
  • Reentry Coordinator
  • Probation and Parole Officer
  • Victim Advocate
  • Legal Researcher
  • All levels of law enforcement (municipal, state, federal)

How can I get involved outside the classroom?
At UCM, we value an engaging learning experience that includes student involvement and service-learning projects.
Departmental organizations include:

  • American Criminal Justice Association - Lambda Alpha Epsilon
  • National Criminal Justice Honor Society - Alpha Pi Sigma
  • Pre-Law Students Association
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on Campus
  • Association of Juvenile and Corrections Students

About our Faculty:
The student to faculty ratio at UCM is 20 to 1, which allows professors to get to know you and provide personalized attention.
Our faculty is composed of highly qualified and dedicated individuals who possess the necessary education and experience to present the theoretical and practical aspects of criminal justice. Active research, workshop and seminar participation, as well as professional field service, keep faculty members on the cutting edge of their ever-growing field.

Learn more about Criminal Justice at UCM
Department of Criminal Justice
660-543-4950

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