Serve and Protect

The Park University Department of Criminal Justice Administration combines the tradition of non-profit, liberal arts education with a modern professional curriculum preparing graduates to work in the criminal justice system and related professions.  Start your career with an Associates or Bachelor's degree or enhance your existing career with our certificate program in Terrorism and Homeland Security. Learn from Park University instructors who have experience working in the field in small class sizes where you get individual attention. 

The criminal justice degrees are offered at a variety of our campus centers throughout the country and online. Inquire for more information about this high-demand program.

Park University offers an  Associate, Bachelor's and certificate programs in criminal justice with concentrations in Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Security. These areas require two specific courses in addition to the general courses for all majors. Each area of concentration is created and revised by working professionals in the area to make the curriculum as relevant as possible to today's criminal justice needs.

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Degree Opportunities

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE (A.S.) - CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION

Availability:
  • Online
  • Little Rock
  • Fort Irwin
  • Valdosta
  • Great Falls
  • Havelock
  • Minot
  • Columbus
  • Dayton
  • Beaufort
  • Millington
  • Austin
  • El Paso
  • San Angelo
  • Ogden
  • Arlington
  • Quantico
  • Spokane
  • Cheyenne

BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.) - CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION

Availability:
  • Online
  • Parkville

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.S.) - CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION

Availability:
  • Online
  • Little Rock
  • Fort Irwin
  • Valdosta
  • Great Falls
  • Havelock
  • Minot
  • Columbus
  • Dayton
  • Beaufort
  • Millington
  • Austin
  • El Paso
  • San Angelo
  • Ogden
  • Arlington
  • Quantico
  • Spokane
  • Cheyenne

MINOR - CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION

Availability:
  • Online

CERTIFICATE - TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY

AVAILABILITY
Online

CORE COMPETENCIES
The Undergraduate Certificate Program in Terrorism and Homeland Security provides students with a foundation for effective problem identification and solution management related to evolving terrorist threats and the protection of national interests. Through both theoretical and practical approaches, the certificate provides students with knowledge essential to homeland security issues, strategies, and planning.

COURSEWORK
The certificate includes 12 hours of coursework in areas that encompass emergency management, homeland security, domestic preparedness and more.

Careers

Our degrees will prepare you for careers as a:

  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • FBI/CIA/DEA Agent
  • Computer Forensics Investigator
  • Immigration and Customs Agent
  • US Marshall
  • Private Detective
  • Homeland Security Agent
  • Correctional Officer

Flexible Study Options

The Criminal Justice Administration program is offered online and at campus centers nationwide.

Personal Attention

Our 14-1 student-faculty ratio provides small, engaging classes and ample opportunities for personalized attention.

Tradition of Excellence

Many graduates from our Criminal Justice Administration program have served as police chiefs around the country.

Fully Accredited

Park is a fully accredited institution of higher education with a 142-year history of helping students achieve their goals.

Faculty

Cindy M. Anderson, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

M.S. in Community Counseling
Currently completing coursework for Ph.D. in Public Policy and Social Change

Phone: (816) 584-6519
Email: cindy.anderson@park.edu

Cindy Anderson is a former North Central Regional Office Coordinator of the Bureau of Prisons for Transitional Drug Abuse Treatment. She has 26 years of experience in the Federal Prison System, working in minimum to maximum security facilities, a federal medical center, community corrections, and regional offices. Ms. Anderson has extensive experience in case management and inmate treatment programs with a cognitive-behavioral focus based on criminal lifestyle theory. She was a member of the the NCR Crisis Support Team and currently serves on the Liaison Committee with the Northwest Regional Youth Detention Center.

Michael Eskey, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator
Professor of Criminal Justice

Phone: (912) 342-3911
Email: meskey@park.edu

Michael Eskey, Ph.D. has college teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate level (online and face to face) since 2000. He retired at the rank of Colonel from the U.S. Army National Guard after 31 years of service (20 years on active duty). He has extensive experience in programming, planning and research at all levels of the military from company through Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dr. Eskey is a graduate of the Army War College. He has experience in probation and corrections, and he is a member and associate editor for a number of criminal justice organizations and journals.

John Hamilton, Ph.D.

Chair of Criminal Justice Administration Department
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Administration

Ph.D. in Public Administration and Adult Education

Phone: (816) 584-6302
Email: john.hamilton@park.edu

John Hamilton, Ph.D. retired at the rank of Major from the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department after 26 ½ years of service. He has extensive experience in Community Policing and Problem Solving. Dr. Hamilton attended the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University and is a member of the Board of Directors for Synergy Services, Inc.

Eugene Matthews, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Administration

Ph.D. in Public Safety: Criminal Justice

Phone: (816) 584-6509
Email: eugene.matthews@park.edu

Eugene Matthews, Ph.D. is an associate professor whose areas of expertise include criminal justice and security. As the former Chief of Police Intelligence Operations (PIO) training for the U.S. Army Military Police School, Ft Leonard Wood, MO, he was responsible for the development and implementation of PIO for the Army. Since retiring from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division, as a Special Agent, Dr. Matthews has developed and taught face to face, online, and blended courses covering a variety of basic and advanced criminal justice topics. He has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Forensics, Crime Analysis, Leadership for Law Enforcement, and Criminal Profiling. Dr. Matthews received the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, based on his contributions to the academic field of Criminal Justice. His organizational memberships include the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) Curriculum Development Committee, the Mid-America Regional Crime Analysis Network (MARCAN), International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA), Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS), and the University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI).

Greg Plumb, J.D.

Professor of Criminal Justice Administration

Juris Doctorate of Law

Phone: (816) 584-6506
Email: greg.plumb@park.edu

Greg Plumb is a former Platte County Missouri Prosecuting Attorney. He retired from being an attorney after 24 years and has extensive experience in state and local court systems, including creating a city police department and its operational manual. He is a former Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at Park University and is an active trainer and consultant in leadership development and team building for all types of organizations. Mr. Plumb received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and holds local and regional leadership positions in a variety of volunteer organizations, including committees for Synergy Services, Inc. and the Board of Directors for Northland Alternative Services Programs, Inc.

Department

Department of Criminal Justice Administration
8700 NW River Park Drive
Parkville MO 64152

Dr. John Hamilton
Department Chair
(816) 584-6302
john.hamilton@park.edu

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