Criminal Justice Administration

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

What is a degree in criminal justice administration?

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 bachelor’s and associate degrees, and minors, as well as certificates – at several campuses and online.

Locations & Learning Options

  • Online
  • Parkville
  • Gilbert
  • Campus Centers








Criminal Justice Internship

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.

Internship Forms

Internship Requirements and Federal Employment Forms

Dr. James Vanderleeuw

Department Chair and Director, HSPA, Department of Politics & Administration
Professor of Public Administration

Greg Plumb

W. Gregory Plumb

Professor of Criminal Justice

Eugene Matthews

Dr. Eugene Matthews

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Tamera Jenkins

Dr. Tamera Dawn Jenkins

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

John Hamilton

Dr. John Hamilton

Emeritus Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Dianna Carmenaty

Dr. Dianna Carmenaty

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration 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, investigations, ethics, leadership and more. Plus, you’ll have access to three career-building concentrations and two certificates to help customize your criminal justice administration education to your future goals.

If you’re working toward a bachelor’s in criminal justice administration, 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 Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration 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 administration 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 in criminal justice that supplement your learning.

Related programs

Park University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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