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B.S. in Criminal Justice: Public Policy and Leadership Specialization

Understand and Improve Policies to Serve Justice and Defend the Public Good

Become a Leader in Criminal Justice

Understand Policy Development

Skills for Impacting Social Change

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  • Duration 4 years
  • Cost per Credit $450
  • Credit Hours 120

Program Benefits

  • Learn to become an effective leader and recruiter
  • Build the skills to shape public policy
  • Pursue cryptocurrency competency with Ciphertrace certification
  • 6 start dates per year

Serve Your Community

In Utica University’s online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Public Policy and Leadership, you will explore the principles of leadership, management, and policymaking required to protect victims and prosecute criminals.

Become a leader who can thoughtfully react to developments in policy as you plan, organize, and defend the rights of those impacted by crime. Develop your understanding of how policies are created and how they impact populations of all kinds. Learn to manage teams and agencies to deliver equitable and effective criminal justice in your community or any criminal justice institution.

Career Outlook

Careers in criminal justice are about more than bringing the guilty to justice. Your skills can prepare you to advocate for victims of violence, protect vulnerable communities, and make a positive impact on public life wherever you work and live.


As a victim advocate, you provide practical and emotional support for those victimized by crime. Put your skills and passion to work helping others seek justice, navigate the criminal justice system, and get the resources they need to recover.


As a first-line supervisor of correctional officers, you serve the ideals of justice and human dignity by leading a team of correctional officers. Put policies and procedures into practice to provide a safe, effective, humane correctional experience.

Other titles you may qualify for:

  • Correctional Officer
  • Juvenile Probation Officer
Jobs and Income

Curriculum: From Theory to Practice in Criminal Justice Management

From exploring the on-the-ground impacts of public policy design to learning the skills required for team management, you’ll discover everything you need to take the next step in your career in our B.S. in Criminal Justice with Public Policy and Leadership specialization.

Course Spotlight: GOV 235 – Civil Rights, Public Policy, and Social Change

Explore people, events, and issues of civil rights struggles in the United States, including the impact on democratization and social change in American society and the formation of public policy.

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Course Spotlight: GOV 332 – Public Administration

Examine the principles and problems of administering government agencies. Explore the nature of bureaucracy, bureaucratic politics, inter-governmental relations, organization theory, decision-making, leadership, personnel management, budgeting, regulation, program implementation, ethics, and accountability.

More Options for Your Degree

Cyber Criminology and Policy

Understand how IT, cybersecurity, social networking, cloud computing, cryptography, data hiding, anonymity, and surveillance concepts relate to the modern criminal justice organization.

Homeland Security

Learn about risk assessment, training, emergency management, disaster recovery, and the global aspects of security administration, so you graduate better prepared to defend our nation.

Legal Issues in Criminal Justice

Get a solid foundation of policies, legal issues, and investigative techniques and strategies, so you’re prepared to participate in and lead criminal investigations.

White-Collar Crime

Learn how to deal with fraud in face-to-face transactions, e-commerce, and e-business, including the development and implementation of business models for production of prevention and detection products and techniques.

Frequently Asked Questions

Advancing your life and career by earning an online criminal justice degree comes with lots of questions, and we want your search for answers to be effortless. If you have a question we haven’t covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

Earn your B.S. in Criminal Justice degree in 3.5 years by completing one class every eight weeks. What’s more, Utica University accepts up to 90 transfer credits to help you graduate even faster. Review additional curriculum details on the courses page.

Although scholarships are unavailable for the B.S. in Criminal Justice program, non-traditional students have many third-party scholarships to consider. Plus, be sure to explore these financing options:

  • Complete the FAFSA® to determine your financial aid eligibility. Utica University’s FAFSA® code is 002883.
  • Apply for a Sallie Mae loan.
  • If you’re a military veteran, a member of the reserves, or currently serving in the U.S. military, you and any dependents are eligible for several financial assistance options. Utica University also offers a 10-percent tuition discount for you and your spouse.

To learn more, call 1-866-295-3106 or request more information.

The International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) recognized Utica University’s B.S. in Criminal Justice as a program of excellence. Furthermore, U.S. News & World Report has named Utica University (formerly Utica College) a Top 200 Regional University. Utica’s programs have received additional recognition from these and other organizations:

  • National Security Agency
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Defense
  • SR Education Group

Utica University has made it easy to apply in four simple steps. Visit Admissions to see how you can begin your application online.

During the application process, you will provide a résumé, personal statement, letter of recommendation, and your official high school transcripts. If you have questions, call 1-866-295-3106 or email to get help from a Utica University enrollment counselor.

The number of courses you take will vary based on the electives and core credits that you choose.

This program offers multiple specializations that align with in-demand sectors of criminal justice. Utica University helps you earn this degree more quickly by accepting as many as 90 credits from regionally accredited universities. To explore curriculum details, visit the courses page.

This online program helps you build the qualifications for rewarding positions in law enforcement and private security. Career options include:

  • Police officer or detective, which had a median annual salary of $67,290 in 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Forensic science technician, which had a median annual salary of $60,590 in 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Visit our careers page to explore more opportunities for graduates of the online B.S. in Criminal Justice program.

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