University of Missouri-Kansas City

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Quick Facts


Bachelor of arts

Delivery Mode

100% Online

Transfer credit hours


Transfer estimated cost


Standard credit hours


Standard estimated cost



5 courses per semester


4 years

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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The Criminal Justice and Criminology Department offers students the opportunity to analyze and interpret systems of social control that are applied through the criminal justice system and throughout society. The major develops skills in critical thinking, communication and conducting and evaluating research to promote evidence-based decision-making. Inclusive learning environments require students to become knowledgeable and culturally competent individuals. As such, the major emphasizes community engagement and service to prepare students for jobs and leadership opportunities that will allow them to engage with the broader community and to become future change agents.
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Career Prospects

Criminal Justice and Criminology (CJC) students find employment in many fields within the criminal justice system and beyond. From careers in law enforcement, the courts or corrections, to those in advocacy, counseling, victim services and community organizing, CJC graduates create their own path toward justice. In addition to preparing graduates for employment, a CJC degree is fantastic preparation for continued education in graduate school or law school.


Median salary

Program Structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically take five classes each semester and finish in four years.

Course work includes:

  • Structure and functioning of the criminal justice system
  • Theories of crime and deviance
  • Understanding and conducting research on crime and justice
  • Trauma, crisis intervention and advocacy
  • Critical analysis of race, class and gender in the criminal justice system


The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

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