48 months
47500 USD/year
47500 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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At Criminal Justice at California Lutheran University you will develop the knowledge, skills, and ethical training that are essential for pursuing a career in law enforcement, corrections, the courts, probation and parole, or a variety of social service agencies. You will also be well prepared for graduate studies in law, criminology, or public policy and administration.


At Criminal Justice at California Lutheran University your studies at the Criminal Justice program at California Lutheran University will incorporate theory, research, and practical applications with an emphasis on understanding crime and criminal behavior, criminal justice systems, as well as criminal and constitutional law. Excelling in the criminal justice system or a related field requires a background in several different subjects.

Your major will be enhanced with foundational courses that draw from:

  • Sociology
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Global studies
  • Public policy and administration

Be a strong, ethical leader

Today's competitive job market and our global society require leaders who think critically, communicate clearly, and find ethical solutions to complex problems. Rather than taking a single course on ethics, your classes are designed to incorporate these crucial skills throughout your coursework.

Gain field experience

In addition to your regular classes, you’ll complete an internship in a criminal justice or related agency. This hands-on opportunity — combined with your coursework that involves service learning, research projects, and field trips to justice agencies — will give you inside experience with the day-to-day operations of the criminal justice system.

Your Future

More than 80% of our criminal justice majors secure employment in the field after graduation or go on to graduate school or law school. With greater attention being focused on law enforcement and national security, criminal justice students with bachelor's and graduate degrees are in demand.

While most graduates are employed in a criminal justice agency, such as law enforcement or probation, many also find employment in government agencies, nonprofits, and in private sector organizations such as insurance carriers and victim services.

Career paths:

  • Border Patrol and Immigration Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Crime Analyst
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Customs Inspector
  • Juvenile Justice Officer
  • Law Enforcement (local, county and federal levels)
  • Legal Assistant
  • Park Ranger
  • Parole and Probation Officer
  • Researcher
  • U.S. Customs Agent 
  • Victim Advocacy and Social Services

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Law and Legal Process
  • Criminal and Procedural Law
  • Critical Issues in Policing
  • Contemporary Corrections
  • Criminology
  • Violence & Victimization

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete Your Application & Essay
  • Request Recommendation
  • Submit Application Fee
  • Transcripts
  • English Proficiency
  • Optional Interview

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    47500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 47500 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    47500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 47500 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for California

1570 - 2658 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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