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Criminal Justice, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Criminal Justice program at Wilmington University is dedicated to providing the theoretical, practical, and professional knowledge needed in today’s environment to be successful in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, courts, probation, parole, private security, and the related service careers. Emphasis is placed upon preparing students to enter the professional workplace, grow in their current position, or continue studies in graduate school. The curriculum is designed to provide students with expert instruction on the most current trends, policies, and practices in the field. The goal is to prepare students to become scholarly practitioners in their chosen profession. Further, the General Education Requirements courses, required of all Wilmington University undergraduates, provide a well-rounded academic foundation.

This is not a “one size fits all” major, but one that provides variety in the course selection to encourage each individual student to build a personal program for the future with the assistance of an Academic Advisor.

Learning outcomes

Students have “out of class” opportunities through membership in the Criminal Justice Association to experience site visits to a variety of criminal justice agencies and meet with practitioners in the field. Internships provide students with an insider’s view of the many facets of the criminal justice field under the guidance of a full-time faculty member. The major also offers a summer study abroad program that awards credit for the opportunity to study criminal justice systems of other countries. The program is offered statewide, with day and evening classes in New Castle, and evening classes in Dover and Georgetown, Delaware, and in New Jersey at the Burlington County College and Cumberland County College locations.

Program Competencies

  • Exercise critical thinking strategies, including reasoning, problem solving, analysis, and evaluation in criminal justice settings.
  • Exhibit flexible thinking and goal-directed behaviors in criminal justice course projects.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate skill in the use and the application of technology in criminal justice settings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic mathematics and statistics by applying criminal justice research findings to criminal justice practice.
  • Incorporate theoretical perspectives into criminal justice practice.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical principles, codes, and standards within the criminal justice field and integrate ethical, legal, and economic accountability into professional criminal justice practice.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to self-directedness, self-discipline, and lifelong learning through examinations of criminal justice career paths.
  • Recognize the principles associated with a pluralistic society in a variety of criminal justice settings as they uniquely apply to practitioners, victims, and offenders and show respect for our multicultural world.
  • Recognize an awareness of self in relationship to others in team efforts that demonstrate flexible thinking and goal-directed behavior in the resolution of criminal justice issues.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • National students - Rolling admission
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Survey of Criminal Justice
  • Principles of Criminology
  • Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Juvenile Justice

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

  • Wilmington University Application for Admission

  • $35 non-refundable application fee

  • Copy of Permanent Resident Card

  • Official Transcripts from United States institutions

Tuition Fee

  • International

    419 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 419 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    419 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 419 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    381 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 381 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New Castle

  • 1000 - 1500 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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