Criminal Justice Administration

Find out what a criminal justice degree is at Park University.

What is a degree in criminal justice?

Our Criminal Justice Administration program combines a liberal arts education with a modern professional curriculum, designed to prepare you to work in the criminal justice system and related professions. You’ll also be prepared for graduate work in the field. We offer a variety of degrees, including a bachelor’s, associate, minor and certificate – at several campuses and online.

Locations & Learning Options

Associate of Science







The major in Criminal Justice Administration is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the complete criminal justice system within society in the United States. There are three areas of concentration the student can choose from which to build on the core curriculum: Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Security. Providing a comprehensive understanding from a theoretical, philosophical, and practical perspective, the program provides a broad background for over 40 basic career opportunities in the criminal justice system, both in the public and private sectors, at the local, state, national, and international levels.



Dr John Hamilton

Chair, Department of Criminal Justice
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

W. Gregory Plumb

Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr Eugene Matthews

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice


The internship program is designed to allow students to encounter the real-world operation of criminal justice related organizations.  It is one of the three capstone courses in the Criminal Justice program. It differs from the other capstone courses in that it allows an assessment of the student’s performance from a person currently working in the Criminal Justice field of their interest.  In addition to their exposure to real-world operations in a Criminal Justice field, many students have reported establishing valuable professional contacts they found helpful to them after graduation. As a result of a successful internship some students have even secured employment opportunities.

Students have completed internships with Federal law enforcement agencies including the FBI, U.S. Marshal’s Office, Department of Transportation, FEMA, Homeland Security; local and state law enforcement agencies, probation and parole agencies (adult and juvenile), correctional facilities; adult and juvenile courts, criminal law offices, affiliated nonprofit organizations such as domestic violence organizations, veteran assistance groups, and mentoring programs for troubled youth.  Many current military students have interned with the Family Assistance Organizations, Military Law Enforcement, Installation Security, and other Specialized Security Operations.

The Park University Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students to successfully work in the criminal justice field, or consider graduate work in related areas. It is one of the very few programs with scholar practitioners, experienced faculty with successful criminal justice careers. As a result, students gain exposure to subject matter experts, in addition to some of the latest research, information, technology, and best practices used to impact the criminal justice field.

Our bachelor’s degree offers an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the criminal justice system, both in the public and private domains. Our core curriculum covers criminal law, agency administration, criminology, criminal procedures and more. Plus, you’ll have access to three career-building concentrations and two certificates to help customize your education to your future goals.

If you’re working toward a Bachelor’s degree, you can select an area of concentration in Law Enforcement, Corrections or Security. These areas require two specific courses in addition to the general courses for all CJA majors. These courses are created and regularly revised by working professionals in response to today’s criminal justice needs.

criminal justice Career opportunities

  • Police Officer
  • Crime Analyst
  • Federal Agent
  • Corrections Officer
  • Pre-law
  • Private Security
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criminal justice administration Program Highlights

Our Criminal Justice courses are offered online, at our flagship campus in Parkville, Mo., as well as at a number of campus centers nationwide.


We partner with local, state, and federal offices to offer a broad selection of internship opportunities that supplement your learning.


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Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.