Bachelor’s Degree Specialization in Criminal Justice

Use Your Skills to Help Build Safer Communities

Are you fascinated by the law and the strategies used to enforce it? A Bachelor’s in Technical Management with a Specialization in Criminal Justice from DeVry University may be a rewarding path for you. This online or hybrid degree specialization covers the many aspects of criminal justice. As a student you’ll explore law enforcement, juvenile justice, theory and practice of corrections, criminology and criminal law and procedure.

Get to Know Our Criminal Justice Degree Specialization

When you partner with DeVry to earn your Bachelor’s in Technical Management with a Specialization in Criminal Justice, you’ll learn about techniques used by today’s criminal justice professionals to uphold the law, promote social control and stability and deter and reduce crime. Our courses are taught by experienced professors with industry insight, helping prepare you to apply management practices in criminal justice work environments.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Bachelor's Degree in Business with Criminal Justice Specialization in as little as 2 years + 8 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.



What You'll Learn

The Criminal Justice Specialization covers the following:

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    Criminal Law and Procedure

    Study constitutional principles, types of offenses and the law enforcement process, including search, seizure, arrest, interrogation, identification, trial, sentencing, punishment and appeal.
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    Criminal Investigation

    Understand the theory, practice and techniques behind criminal investigation, including problem-solving methodologies to recognize crime, suspects and perpetrators; examine case preparation, testimony and the evidentiary process for investigating and reconstructing crimes.
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    Ethics and Criminal Justice

    Explore typical moral dilemmas in criminal justice, including basic ethical theories and learn to apply them to contemporary problems in law enforcement, corrections and adjudication.
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    Crime Scene Investigation

    Learn methods and procedures for accurate crime scene examination and recording and evidence recovery, including documentation, collection and preservation of comprehensive physical evidence, gathering latent fingerprints and processing trace and biological evidence.
  • terrorism investigation icon

    Terrorism Investigation

    Examine the strategic, political, social and religious underpinnings of terrorism; review current challenges, laws and policies in defense of the US homeland; and understand preparations for, and responses to terrorist attacks.
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    Law and Government

    Understand laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules and political processes.
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    Issues in Business

    Understand how businesses operate in areas such as accounting, finance, marketing and operations.
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    Administration and Management

    Understand the fundamental management theories that drive organizations and programs forward. Develop skills in leadership, planning, project management, and resource management.
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    Public Safety and Security

    Gain knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures and strategies to promote effective local, state and national security for the protection of people, data, property and institutions.
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    Complex Problem Solving

    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.


Accredited* by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Career Opportunities

Graduates with our Criminal Justice Specialization may consider careers such as:

  • Detention Officer

  • Police Detective

  • Police Officer

  • Private Investigator

  • Public Safety Officer

Additional hours of industry-specific training may be required to obtain employment in this field. Applicants for jobs in this field may be subject to pre-employment screenings such as, but not limited to, criminal background checks, and drug and/or alcohol testing. Employment in these occupation may require years of relevant experience.

Program-Specific Courses

Criminal Justice1

CRMJ300 Criminal Justice
CRMJ310 Law Enforcement
CRMJ315 Juvenile Justice
CRMJ320 Theory and Practice of Corrections
CRMJ400 Criminology
CRMJ410 Criminal Law and Procedure
CRMJ420 Criminal Investigation
CRMJ425 Ethics and Criminal Justice
CRMJ450 Terrorism Investigation

Core Degree Courses

Business Core

ACCT212 Financial Accounting
BIS155 Data Analysis with Spreadsheets with Lab
BUSN319 Marketing
BUSN115 Introduction to Business and Technology
COMP100 Computer Applications for Business with Lab
MGMT303 Principles of Management

Management and Technology

BIS245 Database Essentials for Business with Lab
MGMT404 Project Management

Senior Project

BUSN460 Senior Project


Two of:

ACCT360 Managerial Accounting
BIAM110 Introduction to Business Analytics
BUSN379 Finance
MGMT408 Management of Technology Resources

Five of:

BUSN278 Budgeting and Forecasting
BUSN369 International Business
BUSN412 Business Policy
GSCM206 Managing Across the Supply Chain
MGMT410 Human Resource Management
SEC310 Principles and Theory of Security Management

General Degree Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL1123 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition


LAS432 Technology, Society and Culture

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ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
ETHC445 Principles of Ethics

Social Sciences

ECON312 Principles of Economics
SOCS1855 Culture and Society

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making
SCI2286 Nutrition, Health and Wellness with Lab

Additional General Education Selection

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SPCH275 Public Speaking
SPCH276 Intercultural Communication

Personal and Professional Development

CARD405 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

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*Conferral and Assessment Data - Available for all of DeVry and Keller's ACBSP accredited programs.
1Michigan residents enrolled as online students should note that the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) requires that any applicant for a certification in law enforcement for the State of Michigan must attend a state-certified MCOLES police academy. DeVry University does not operate such an academy. Students are advised that entry to any MCOLES police academy is restricted by separate admission examinations, and the selection process is highly competitive. Applicants to any MCOLES police academy are expected to meet State of Michigan standards, including no felony convictions, and vision and hearing minimums. Completion of the Criminal Justice specialty does not guarantee admission to any MCOLES police academy.
2Students enrolled at a New Jersey location must take 55 semester-credit hours of general education coursework. Fifteen semester-credit hours of general education coursework may be applied to the Electives course area.
3Students enrolled at a New Jersey location take ENGL108 in lieu of this requirement.
4Students enrolled at a Pennsylvania location must take HUMN451 as part of this requirement.
5Students enrolled at a Nevada location must take POLI332 as part of this requirement or the General Education Option.
6Students enrolled at a New Jersey location may take PHYS204 or SCI200 to fulfill this requirement.

All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.