Our economy is an interlinking network of fields at the local, national, and global levels, and earning a degree that bridges two vital industries — business and criminal justice — can be an excellent way to open doors to a wide variety of career paths.

About Salem’s Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice

At Salem University, our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice provides wide exposure to a broad set of issues within the modern commercial and legal fields. Learn about the key intersections that occur between the world of business and the world of criminal justice and how they affect one another. This BSBA degree can also be a great stepping off point toward getting your Master of Business Administration or your Master of Science in Criminal Justice.

We’ve designed our bachelor’s degree curriculum with the goal of providing a high-quality education that prepares you for lifelong learning. We aim to develop your leadership and problem-solving skills and encourage all of our students to read critically, ask appropriate questions, gather information, and apply critical analysis. And we do all of this within a framework that fits into your current life and responsibilities with our unique, one-course-a-month schedule.

What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s in Business Administration — Criminal Justice?

A bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in criminal justice can help you prepare for entry-level employment in careers like:

  • Law Enforcement Officer (Sate, County, or Local)
  • Crime Analyst
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Child Protective Services
  • Fraud Investigator

You could also qualify for a position as an agent with a variety of federal agencies like FBI, DEA, ATF, Secret Service, U.S. Marshals, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

What Will I Learn in Salem’s Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice?

In our Criminal Justice specialization, you will learn from the ground up, starting with the fundamentals of business administration, management, financial management, international business, marketing, statistics, and human resource management. The foundational knowledge is combined with a general education framework that incorporates written and oral communication skills, critical-thinking skills, technological proficiencies, leadership skills, and more. We also include an international component that focuses on global information, awareness, and perspectives. All of this is brought together in a capstone course and a hands-on practicum that gives you the opportunity to set up and manage an actual sporting event.

In your specialized criminal justice courses, you will cover topics like:

  • The history and sources of criminal law, coupled with analysis of the substantive elements of specific offenses
  • Criminal procedure, from arrest to post-conviction remedies, laws of evidence and arrest, search and seizure, right to counsel, due process, civil remedies, and more
  • The logical and scientific principles necessary for the detection and investigative analysis of criminal activities, including wiretaps, undercover operations, informants, surveillance, and extradition
  • An in-depth look at important cases that have passed through the U.S. Supreme Court and their subsequent historical and political impact
  • Modern management theory in criminal justice and the application of management techniques appropriate to each area of the criminal justice system, including civil liability, political power, ethics, and interagency cooperation

What Business Administration and Criminal Justice Classes Will I Take?

The bachelor’s in business administration with a specialization in criminal justice requires the completion of 75 foundational and elective credits, as well as 30 core business credits that include:

  • ACC111 Principles of Accounting
  • ACC112 Principles of Accounting 2
  • BUS323 Commercial Law Salem
  • FIN344 Corporate Finance
  • FIN345 Corporate Finance 2
  • MGT210 Principles of Management
  • MGT361 Management Information Systems
  • MGT363 Organizational Theory
  • MGT499 Senior Capstone Project
  • MKT231 Principles of Marketing

You will also take 15 credits in the Criminal Justice specialization:

  • CJU205 Criminal Law
  • CJU210 Criminal Procedure
  • CJU230 Criminal Investigations
  • CJU405 Constitutional Law
  • CJU449 Criminal Justice Management

How Long Will It Take to Get My Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice?

On average, a full-time student can earn a bachelor’s in business administration with a specialization in criminal justice in approximately 40 months. However, we recognize every student is different, with different circumstances. It’d be best to contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and goals.

Why Choose Salem University?

Since 1888, Salem University has built upon our tradition of accessible, affordable higher education by constantly innovating and looking to the future. We aim to develop lifelong learners who embrace problem-solving with a global perspective. We offer:

  • Accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on-campus
  • A unique one-course-a-month format that allows students to focus on a single subject at a time and build their knowledge in a way that feels natural
  • Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full-time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule
  • Supportive faculty and staff who serve as thought leaders and mentors
  • A beautiful 100-acre campus situated in the Smoky Mountains where programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or apply online. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.


This course is accredited by ACBSP.

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