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

In the bachelor’s degree program in Criminal Justice at the University of Mary, you will prepare to be a force for good in the world. You will also 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 on-the job field experience; through 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

Employment in Protective Service occupations (police officers, correction officers) is projected to grow 4% from 2014 and 2024. Jobs in legal services are projected to grow 8% from 2014 and 2024. Many job openings will result from the need to replace those who leave the occupation each year. Competition for jobs should be lessened as heavy workloads and high job-related stress deter some from seeking this kind of work.

For these reasons, 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 2016-17 Edition

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.


Program Advisor: Chad Litton, Ph.D [email protected] 

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: