BA in Applied Criminal Justice Leadership

The B.A. in Applied Criminal Justice Leadership is a selective enrollment program aimed at developing leadership skills among current criminal justice professionals. Students will develop capacities in: problem solving; critical and creative thinking; career development; technical skills; oral, written, and electronic communication; ethical reasoning; civic and global engagement; skills for lifelong-learning and leadership; and, teamwork and collaboration.

FASTRACK Benefits of the program

  • Relevant comprehensive curriculum designed to advance your effective leadership skills and increase your knowledge of criminal justice practice and theory.
  • Convenient schedule of classes online, evening, and weekends allow you to complete the degree on a schedule that works for your personal and professional life.
  • A program grounded in the University Core Curriculum, students will be challenged to develop skills crucial to facing the challenges of contemporary society.

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Total Number of Major Courses 10
Total Number of Major Credit Hours 30 credit hours. Each student's remaining hours toward Core, mission specific requirements, and general elective requirements will vary depending on transfer credit. Please review the curriculum page to learn more about your requirements beyond your major credit hours.
Start Terms Students can begin during any of the 5 sessions throughout the academic year. Major courses will begin when a cohort has been created.
Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Major 15 credit hours / 5 courses
Schedule Format for Major
Major courses offered in 8‐week sessions in a fully online asynchronous format.
Schedule Format for Other
Courses (Core, mission, and
school requirements)
Courses offered in 8‐week sessions with fully online options, which may include both synchronous and asynchronous meetings, and blended options with either evening or Saturday morning meetings.
Course Locations
(Major Courses)
Fully online, fully asynchronous.
Application and Admission Requirements
  1. Application
  2. Statement – statement should briefly explain your background, interest in the program and long term professional goals.
  3. Official transcripts from all prior institutions.
    2.0 GPA or higher and in good standing at all prior institutions
  4. Applications should also include one of the following:
  • Demonstration of completion of 12 credit hours of academy training
  • (police, sheriff, corrections, or federal law enforcement)
  • Joint Services Transcript: Completion of MOS 95B.
  • Completion of an associate’s or certificate program in Criminal Justice
Applicants with no criminal justice work history will need to complete at least 18 credit hours in criminal justice pre‐requisite coursework.
Non-Traditional Credit Individuals who have completed the law enforcement officer training through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) can receive 20 credit hours applied to their records for this training. An official letter sent directly to the University confirming the completion of this training is required in order to process the posting of the credit to a student's record.

For students who have completed law enforcement officer training outside the state of Illinois would need to produce comparable documentation that their state issues for review to determine if non-traditional credit should be awarded. Additional details about the courses taken, clock hours completed, etc. would be needed, as well, to determine the credit hour award.
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