Bachelor of Arts | Bachelor of Science | Master of Science

Turn Your Passion into Purpose

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work offers the choice of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice. These undergraduate programs are available in person or online starting Spring 2024.

At the graduate level, we offer a Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice, available fully online starting Fall 2024.

With a degree in Criminal Justice, you will work in a field where you can help people every day, providing the support they need to live and thrive. The Criminal Justice degree programs prepare students for careers in criminal justice settings, examining the multitude of factors impacting individuals and communities. Develop your employability skills in the discipline of criminal justice.

 

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Diverse and extensive career paths for your success.
Unique and engaging curriculum.
Actionable, hands-on learning.
Integration of policy, theory and research.

A Wide Range of Career Options

A bachelor’s or master’s degree in criminal justice creates a foundation of skillsets necessary to advance your career in the evolving criminal justice profession. There is an ongoing need and demand for professionals who seek to work in an engaging, dynamic field that has unmatched employment opportunities, including:

  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Correctional Officer

Upcoming Info Sessions:

Tuesday, December 6th | 3PM (ONLINE ONLY)

About the Criminal Justice Programs

Undergraduate (BA or BS)

The admissions requirements for the undergraduate programs in Criminal Justice are the same as those utilized by the University of Kentucky for undergraduate admissions.

Graduate (MS)

The admissions requirements for the graduate program in Criminal Justice are the same as those utilized by the University of Kentucky Graduate School, with the exception of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE is not required for admission to the graduate program in Criminal Justice.

Undergraduate (BA or BS)

120 total credits required, inclusive of UK Core, Core Criminal Justice Curriculum, guided electives, and free electives

UK Core – Gen Ed (10 courses, 30 credits)

Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

Core Criminal Justice Curriculum (9 courses, 27 credits)

CoursesCredits
CJ 312: The American Criminal Justice System3
CJ 314: Experiential Learning in Criminal Justice3
CJ 316: Culturally Relevant Practice in Criminal Justice Settings3
CJ 323: Criminal Justice Foundations3
CJ 328: Forensic Investigations3
CJ 419: Ethics in Criminal Justice3
CJ 421: Applied Data Analysis for Criminal Justice Practice3
CJ 429: Research Methods in Criminal Justice3
CJ 431: Application of Criminal Justice Theory3

Guided Electives (4 courses, 12 credits)

Course OptionsCredits
CHE 250: Forensic Science on Television3
CJ 504: Restorative Justice3
CJ 535: Forensic Interviewing3
CJ 580: Topical Seminar3
SW 510: Understanding the Impact of Trauma3
SW 519: Understanding Intimate Partner Violence3
SW 524: Substance Misuse3

Free Electives

Enough to meet 120 credit hour requirement to graduate.

Please note that the Bachelor of Science requires additional 15 credit hours of Biological, Physical, or Math Science content via free electives.

Graduate (MS)

30 total credits required

Core Criminal Justice Curriculum (6 courses, 18 credits)

CoursesCredits
CJ 621: Ethics in Criminal Justice Settings3
CJ 629: Research Methods in Criminal Justice3
CJ 631: Application of Criminal Justice Theories3
CJ 704: Administrative and Leadership Practices in Criminal Justice Organizations3
CJ 712: Criminal Justice Policy and Analysis3
CJ 728: Applied Analysis for Criminal Justice Organizations3

Guided Electives (4 courses, 12 credits)

Course OptionsCredits
CJ 504: Restorative Justice3
CJ 535: Forensic Interviewing3
CJ 580: Topical Seminar3
SW 510: Understanding the Impact of Trauma3
SW 519: Understanding Intimate Partner Violence3
SW 524: Substance Misuse3
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Talk to an Advisor

Does a degree in Criminal Justice appeal to you? Take the opportunity to learn more about what a degree in Criminal Justice can do for your future!

Talk with an advisor about the field of Criminal Justice as a major and career.

Want to discuss the program further with the department? Email criminaljustice@uky.edu for more info.