Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Behavioral Science; Criminal Justice
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree Program

Four-year degree; Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS)

Prepare to be a force for good in the world with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Mary. You will be equipped for a variety of career options, including law enforcement, the judicial system, corrections, and more.

With a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values, you will gain personal and humanitarian skills to more effectively engage and serve your community. In the Criminal Justice program, you will also have opportunities to gain real-world experience from professors with years of experience; internship opportunities with local criminal justice organizations and facilities; and in programs such as the Emerging Leaders Academy. This program is offered traditionally on campus, or check out our online Criminal Justice program.

Criminal Justice Degree Program Highlights

Graduates of the Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree program are lifelong learners, competent professionals, servant leaders, and critical and independent thinkers. After completing the required curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, graduates will be able to:

  • Evaluate the relative strengths of various approaches to criminal justice
  • Understand the major areas of the criminal justice system, including:
    • Law enforcement and policing
    • The courts
    • Corrections (jails, prison, and probation)
    • Juvenile justice process
    • Criminology (the study of crime and criminals)
    • Homeland security
    • Private security
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior in the criminal justice field
  • Communicate effectively in written and verbal form

Career Outlook for Criminal Justice Majors

Job opportunities should be plentiful for those who qualify. As the prison populations grow larger, many states are emphasizing rehabilitation and alternate forms of punishment (such as probation) that will spur demand for probation and parole officers and correctional treatment specialists.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

For a list of courses for the Loading..., please visit the catalog.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


If you are considering pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota: