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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration

The Criminal Justice Administration Program is designed to permit the pursuit of different professional career goals while integrating the general study of criminal justice and law with other relevant disciplines. A degree in criminal justice administration prepares students for entry-level employment in the field, for promotion and leadership roles and for graduate study. The program provides career enhancing opportunities through practicum and internship opportunities. It provides an excellent academic foundation for students planning to go on to graduate studies or law school. Two baccalaureate degrees are offered in Criminal Justice Administration: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science. Students considering either a BS or BA degree should consider their own experience in the criminal justice area. For students currently working in the criminal justice field the BA is recommended. For those desiring to enter the field, the BS degree is recommended; the BS degree offers practicum and internship experiences that add to the student's understanding of the criminal justice career area.


Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department

Degree requirements

General Education Requirements 38-41 sem. hrs

  • For a complete list of general education courses click here. For additional information on general education requirements click here.
  • Ethics Course Requirement: 3 sem. hrs
  • CJAD 345 Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice or 3 hrs
  • PHIL 330 Ethics 3 hrs

Foreign Language Requirement 6 sem. hrs

  • For information on how to fulfill the foreign language requirement click .

Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs

Core Requirements 42 sem. hrs

  • All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.
  • CJAD 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration 3 hrs
  • CJAD 301 Criminal Law 3 hrs
  • CJAD 311 Police in a Democratic Society 3 hrs
  • CJAD 320 Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice* 3 hrs
  • CJAD 325 Juvenile Justice System and Procedures 3 hrs
  • CJAD 345 Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice 3 hrs
  • CJAD 350 Corrections and Penology 3 hrs
  • CJAD 405 Laws of Criminal Evidence 3 hrs
  • CJAD 415 Criminal Procedures 3 hrs
  • CJAD 451 Management of Criminal Justice Agencies 3 hrs
  • CJAD 495 Integrative Seminar 3 hrs
  • HUMS 300 Exploring Research or 3 hrs
  • PADM 395 Political Science & Public Administration Research Methods or 3 hrs
  • POSC 395 Political Science & Public Administration Research Methods or 3 hrs
  • CJAD 425 Legal Research and Writing or 3 hrs
  • PSYC 327 Qualitative Research Methods or 3 hrs
  • SOCI 327 Qualitative Research Methods or 3 hrs
  • ANTH 327 Qualitative Research Methods 3 hrs
  • POSC 340 Judicial Process 3 hrs
  • SOCI 321 Criminology or 3 hrs
  • SOCI 331 Juvenile Delinquency 3 hrs

Behavioral, Forensic, and Social Sciences Electives 6 sem. hrs

  • Three semester hours must be Criminal Justice electives. Forensic Science courses are only available at Day Campus. The remaining 3 hours must be from one of the following:
  • Human Services
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • FRSC 305 Forensic Anthropology 3 hrs
  • FRSC 327 Fingerprint Evidence 3 hrs
  • FRSC 445 Forensic Pathology 3 hrs

Electives (without CSI certificate) 22-25 sem. hrs

Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation (Optional) 15 sem. hrs

Total Semester Hours 120 sem. hrs

  • Candidates for the baccalaureate degree with a major in Criminal Justice must pass, with a grade of C or higher, CJAD 495 - Integrative Seminar 3 hours, as a culminating evaluative experience.


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Tuition for Kansas City classes

Tuition is $375 per credit hour. You can choose to take online classes, too. (View full tuition)

Admission requirements at Kansas City

Admission requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration degree


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