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Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice

Why Earn Your Criminal Justice Degree at Saint Leo University?

Create safer communities, and improve the lives of people everywhere. While pursuing your bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, you’ll develop the highly specialized knowledge and leadership skills to decode and correct criminals, work with law enforcement agencies, and investigate crimes in Florida, the United States and the world.

This program is a 39-hour major based on the input of a diverse criminal justice advisory board that is designed to prepare students for careers and rapid advancement in the criminal justice system and related fields. This program of study will enhance the effectiveness of working professionals, provide a foundation for advancement to administrative levels, and prepare students for graduate study in criminal justice administration and related fields.

Learning Experience:
Campus Education Center Online
Est. Time to Complete:
4 years
Credit Hours:
120 hours

Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice - Program Details

Where else are you going to learn the latest techniques from faculty members who've served more than 25 years as crime scene investigators, local and federal agents, chief deputies, detectives and FBI advisors? Saint Leo professors are leading experts on all the skills you need to get your foot in the door: interrogation, non-verbal communication, hostage negotiation, and international sex and organ trafficking. And Saint Leo is an approved educational partner by the FBI National Academy Associates.

Learn Your Way: 
Online, On Campus, or Near You

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

    Criminal Justice students enjoy plenty of engaging learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as exciting departmental events.

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  • What are the benefits of earning your criminal justice degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering criminal justice degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.

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Specialization Options

Saint Leo University offers specialization options for criminal justice students. You can customize your degree to match your passions by choosing one of the following concentrations.

Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

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  • How will you gain real experience?

    Field placement

    Earn your police standard certificate with training at the Pasco-Hernando Police Academy. Intern with agencies such as the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. District Court and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

    Hands-on learning

    Testify and sit on a jury for a courtroom role-playing assignment. Stand in the death chamber of the Florida state prison. Examine fingerprints in a forensics lab.

    Co-curricular activities

    Become an active member of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society.

What can you do with an undergraduate criminal justice degree?

Graduates rapidly advance in the criminal justice system and pursue graduate study in criminal justice administration and related fields.

What are the top criminal justice degree jobs?

Career Growth Salary
Crime Scene Investigator 19% $60,590 per year
Juvenile Probation Officer 4% $55,690 per year
Police Officer 7% $67,290 per year

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020.

Where are Saint Leo criminal justice graduates now? 

  • Secret Service
  • FBI
  • Tampa Police Department
  • Atlanta Police Department

College of Arts & Sciences

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  • Saint Leo University’s College of Education and Social Services couples a transformative liberal arts tradition with highly specialized training in the education and social services fields. Through close faculty mentorships, practical field internships, and applied learning experiences, we prepare students for careers in education, social work, criminal justice, and human services. Our faculty remain active in their respective fields as researchers and practitioners, giving students close access to a wealth of real-world knowledge and experience.

    With the ever-changing needs of today's students, we provide flexible degree programs. These include programs at University Campus and education centers with evening and weekend options, as well as online offerings. These degree programs are grooming the next generation of educators and social service specialists—a new breed of professionals with the talent and resolve to make a difference in the world.

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