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Adult Undergraduate Criminal Justice Degree

Mount St. Mary’s criminal justice program provides a rigorous and liberal education to those seeking a professional career in the criminal justice field, including law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections, and other relevant fields.

A key feature of the criminal justice program is its emphasis on the connections between theory and practice. There are three guiding principles: (1) there can be no criminal justice without a commitment to the principles and practices of social justice, (2) technical proficiency is crucial to a well run system of justice, and (3) a liberal education leads to both a greater level of professionalism as well as to a full and meaningful personal life. As such, this program aims to educate the whole person.

Admission Requirements & Application

Individuals wishing to apply for admission to the B.A. in Criminal Justice must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed Application: Apply Online

  • Completed request for criminal background check (includes payment)

  • Completed Declaration of Major form for Criminal Justice – See Academic Forms

  • Three or more years of full time work experience

Program Details

The program requires a minimum of 42 credits, including 30 credits in required courses and 12 credits in electives.

Six 300-400 level required CJUST courses (18 credits) must be taken at Mount St. Mary’s. Students may be able to transfer credits from an accredited institution, contact the program advisor for more details.

Classes are conducted at the Mount's Frederick Campus, once-per-week, in the evenings from 6-9:30 p.m. All classes are accelerated, meaning they run in 5- and 8-week courses.

Applications are accepted year-round. Entry points for enrollment are in the fall, spring, and summer.

16300 Old Emmitsburg Road | Emmitsburg, MD 21727
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Frederick Campus | 5350 Spectrum Drive | Frederick, MD 21703
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