Bachelor's in Criminal Justice Administration

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Why Study Criminal Justice Administration? 

Our criminal justice program is a launching pad for the vital role you’ll play in society. Examine the most current and pressing issues in cybercrime, crisis intervention, private security, juvenile justice and constitutional criminal procedures. This program also prepares you for graduate study and law school. 

What You'll Learn 

Accomplish more in your career with an in-depth understanding of the roles of policing, courts, laws, and corrections as they contribute to social order. Through hands-on opportunities and real-world experience, you’ll learn the procedures and processes used in day-to-day field work, as well as skills like communications and critical thinking that are crucial for long-term success. Our expert faculty will give you the insight you need to jumpstart your professional path in law enforcement, security, investigation, juvenile services, or corrections.

Program Details

A Bachelor’s degree prepares you for a rising career and for future graduate study by emphasizing clear communication, critical thinking, and a leading-edge understanding of your chosen field. View the core requirements and electives needed to earn a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College.

A Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science require slightly different coursework. A Bachelor of Arts allows you to take more classes in the humanities, specifically foreign language. A Bachelor of Science requires more courses specific to your major.

  • Policing 
  • Corrections 
  • Ethics 
  • Investigation 
  • Juvenile justice 
  • Management of criminal justice agencies 
  • Criminal law and procedure

Pair your degree with a related minor or explore your other interests without taking on a full course load.

Careers & Outcomes 

Through both classroom and out of class experiences, this program prepares you for a variety of careers in the criminal-justice field: 

  • Police Officer 
  • Sheriff's Deputy 
  • Loss Prevention Officer 
  • Corporate Security Manager 
  • Criminal Investigator 
  • Juvenile Detention Officer 
  • Restorative Justice Facilitator

Law enforcement and corrections professionals can transfer work training toward their degree requirements. 

Flexible Education

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.


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