The field of criminal justice is a dynamic and challenging career path, ideal for those interested in justice, personal rights, and creating safer, more equitable communities. It’s an area expected to experience strong, steady job growth as well, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating criminal justice and protective service will add over 286,000 jobs through 2030.

Salem University has been providing innovative education with a global perspective since 1888. We offer bachelor’s, master’s, and associate degree programs in criminal justice. Explore our offerings below.

Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Through our Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program, you’ll explore the world of protective services by studying diverse perspectives on politics, cultures, justice systems, and crime. Our curriculum covers the history of the criminal justice system, where it is now, how it is evolving, its strengths, and its weaknesses. You’ll build on fundamental knowledge in criminal and constitutional law, crisis intervention, domestic violence, terrorism, evidence and procedure, and investigation and forensics—all in prepared for a career in areas like protective services, law enforcement, corrections, crime prevention and support services, court administration and general security.

Those who enroll in our bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice can select from a number of specializations, including:

Criminal Justice Master’s Degree Programs

Take your criminal justice career to the next level with Salem’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program. We dig deeper into the theories, policies, and management techniques and challenge our students to re-think current practices and procedures. Our capstone courses help our students learn how to make decisions with integrity, informed by economic, legal, ethical, and global perspectives. Our aim at Salem is to give graduates the skills to reinvent and reimagine the future of criminal justice.

Those who enroll in our master’s degree program in criminal justice can select from specializations that include:

Criminal Justice Associate Degree Programs

Offered both at our West Virginia campus and through our innovative online learning platform, Salem’s Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice can teach you the foundational skills you need to pursue an entry-level position as a police officer, corrections officer, and more. Associate degree graduates can also go on to enroll in our bachelor’s degree program to further your career goals.

If you are interested in learning more about the criminal justice degree programs offered by Salem University, please contact us today. Our admissions staff would be happy to answer any questions you have and discuss the opportunities Salem has to offer.