John F. Kennedy University

Criminal Justice Leadership

Developed by an advisory group of law enforcement professionals, teachers, business leaders, and civic personnel representation, the Criminal Justice Leadership undergraduate program prepares graduates for careers in the core criminal areas of policing - both public and private. 

Individuals completing the Criminal Justice Leadership program will be ready to pursue careers in organizations such as the FBI, DOJ, ATF, TSA, Department Of Fish & Game, state/municipal police, highway patrol, probation and parole, courts and corrections, animal control, security, dispatch, etc.  Graduates will also be prepared for  positions seeking criminal justice information and data, homeland security, victim services, and other social service agencies that are typically linked to the criminal justice system.

This unique program integrates courses from business/management, law, and public administration and offers a Bachelor in Science degree in Criminal Justice Leadership to prepare individuals for entering the aforementioned careers as well as to prepare individuals for advancement and/or promotional opportunities and positions in administration.

Students may earn up to 30 quarter units of undergraduate credit for knowledge gained through work experience and training already received in the law enforcement field. To earn credit, students must take the Prior Learning Course where they evaluate their personal and professional experiences and prepare essays summarizing them. Faculty evaluate these and can award 3-6 units for each content area. Students also receive personalized coaching through the process which individuals have found personally rewarding.

Students who plan to continue on to earn an advanced degree in psychology or business administration can leverage their work in the bachelor’s program toward completing a Master’s degree at an accelerated pace.

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