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Criminal Justice Administration, Bachelor

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Reading, OH, United States
The criminal justice system in the United States faces many challenges as we deal with mistrust in police officers, racial tensions, overcrowded prisons, impoverished communities and other serious issues.
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This means that now, more than ever, society needs professional, ethical criminal justice practitioners who can assume leadership roles and are committed to helping others.

With a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Alvernia University, you’ll be prepared for a leadership position in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, private security, social services, courts or another helping profession. You’ll have the knowledge, training and hands-on experience necessary for success in this challenging, but vital field.

Started in 1974, Alvernia’s well-established criminal justice program is highly regarded. Faculty members have served as an FBI agent, chief of police, Pennsylvania state trooper, probation and parole officer and assistant district attorney.

Students have opportunities for extensive field experience, and students working toward careers in law enforcement have the option of attending the Reading Police Academy to obtain Municipal Police Officer Certification as part of their four-year degree. All criminal justice majors participate in a capstone project known as the Grand Final Scenario, during which students must resolve various staged emergency situations.

Our program attracts students from up and down the East Coast, as well as other parts of the country. If you are committed to service and making society a safer and better place, Alvernia University’s criminal justice program may be just what you’re looking for.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Law
  • Gender and the Criminal Justice System 
  • Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Writing for the Criminal Justice Professional
  • Research Methods I for Criminal Justice
  • Probation and Parole
  • Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Judicial Process and Procedures
  • Professional Seminar/Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Senior Seminar
  • Agency Practicum
  • Crisis Management

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 TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Students seeking admission to Alvernia University may apply any time after

completion of the junior year in high school. All candidates should submit the


  • 1. Application for admission
  • 2. $25 non-refundable application fee
  • 3. Official secondary school transcripts or record of equivalency
  • 4. Official SAT or ACT scores
  • 5. Personal Essay

Tuition Fee

  • National

    32840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32840 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Full-Time (12-17 credits/semester)- 2017-2018 Tuition

Living costs for Reading

  • 1015 - 1680 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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