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

Program Overview

Understand and improve policies to serve justice and defend the public good.

In Utica College'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.

In Utica College'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.

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Pay 2020 Rates in 2021*. Tuition Rates will remain steady for the 2020-21 academic year.
*Tuition freeze is subject to change on June 1, 2021
 

Serve Your Community

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.

 
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          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.

          Career Spotlight: Victim Advocate

          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.

          Career Spotlight: First-Line Supervisor of Correctional Officers

          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.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          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.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          Most students complete this program in 40 months (or 3.5 years). We've designed our programs to fit into the lives of students as they maintain full-time employment. As such, students are expected to take one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester.

          No. This program is for students who want to begin or grow their career in criminal justice.

          Utica College's criminal justice program is $450 per credit. Additional expenses can include:

          • Distance Learning Fee: $70 per online course
          • Graduation Fee: $55
          • Tuition Deposit Fee: $300 (one-time fee; if you have a FAFSA on file, you may not be required to pay this fee, and if you are using VA tuition benefits, you are not required to pay this fee. Please note that you have a FAFSA or VA benefits on your tuition deposit card.)

          Learn more on the criminal justice tuition page.

          It's up to you. We've designed our program to fit into the lives of students as they maintain full-time employment. As such, a typical course load is one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester. This is considered full-time for financial aid purposes.

          This is a bachelor-completer program, meaning you must have attended a regionally accredited institution and hold an associate's degree or have earned a minimum of 57 credits from a four-year college or university prior to enrolling in the program.

          To earn the B.S. in Criminal Justice degree, you'll complete a total of 120 credit hours. Required courses will range from major courses to specializations and general electives.

          Learn more on the criminal justice curriculum page.

          Yes. Transfer credit is awarded for courses taken at a regionally accredited college that are equivalent to those taught at Utica College and for which you received a grade of "C" or better. Note that we require official transcripts from all colleges you've attended, as well as a transcript showing the degree awarded.

          Shortly after you receive your letter of admission, you will receive an evaluation of your transfer credits from the Registrar's Office. If you want to check credit elegibility ahead of time, use TES® (Transfer Evaluation System).