Criminal Justice Administration


About the Program

The criminal justice administration program is part of Park University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. These majors are designed to prepare graduates who are articulate, literate, reflective, and committed to a lifetime of learning and civic action.

Many of our faculty have significant levels of professional work experience in the criminal justice field. We study all segments of the criminal justice system, from law enforcement, through courts, to corrections. We have areas of concentration in law enforcement, corrections, and security, lead by experienced professionals. We offer experiential opportunities in all areas through internships and special topics courses. We focus on critical thinking, effective communication (both oral and written), enabling life long learning, and working in a global society through possible international study. 

Our alumni have gone on to jobs in a wide variety of areas, including police officers, juvenile officers, probation officers, security managers, and counselors with non-profit agencies assisting abused adults and children. 

Several alumni have completed graduate programs in criminal justice and public administration, as well as law school. 



Degree Offerings and Availability


Associate of Science (AS) degree

  • 8-week program (Kansas City area)
  • School of Extended Learning 8-week program (select campuses outside the Kansas City area)
Bachelor of Science (BS) degree

  • School of Extended Learning 8-week program (select campuses outside the Kansas City area)
  • School of Online Learning (online courses) 8-week program
  • 8-week program (Kansas City area)

Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree

  • 16-week program
  • 8-week program (Kansas City area)

You can view the requirements for the various degrees in the University catalog.


Areas of Concentration

Students majoring in criminal justice administration may select from one of three areas of concentration: law enforcement, corrections, and security. These areas require two specific courses to that area, in addition to the general courses for all majors. Each area of concentration has been created and revised by working professionals in that area, to make the curriculum as relevant as possible to today's criminal justice needs.