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Criminal Justice, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Philadelphia, PA, United States
Professionals with a deep commitment to upholding and understanding the law are critical for the preservation of a democratic society. At Saint Joseph’s University the Criminal Justice program seeks to cultivate students who are hard-wired with a sense of honesty, fairness and integrity, and prepare them for productive and rewarding careers in law enforcement and social service.
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Closely related to the study of sociology, criminal justice majors explore everything from the causes of crime and social deviance to criminal courts. 

Coursework covers issues related to drugs and alcohol, gender and race and mental health. Internships are available in a wide range of sites, including the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Camden, N.J., the New Jersey State Police, Victim Witness Services, and Special Victims Unit.


Majoring in Criminal Justice at Saint Joseph's University prepares students for a wide variety of careers. The emphasis on theory and research practice coupled with the use of computer and Internet technology help students develop practical skills that are indispensable in the pursuit of employment. Criminal justice graduates have secured jobs in traditional law enforcement fields such as corrections, courts, police, and probation; in administrative and management positions in the field of criminal justice and law enforcement; and in law and paralegal occupations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Concepts of Financial Accounting
  • Social Problems
  • Theories of Crime
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Social Deviance
  • Introduction to American Criminal Justice
  • Social Research Methods & Data Analysis
  • Special Topics
  • Seminar 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

We require a high school diploma or recognized equivalent for admission to Saint Joseph’s University. Standard secondary school coursework includes the following core subject areas:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of mathematics
  • 2 years of history
  • 2 years of a laboratory science
  • 2 years of a world language

Competitive applicants typically exceed the minimum requirements and have taken four years in all five core subject areas.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    47740 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47740 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    47740 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47740 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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