Why earn a bachelor's degree in criminal justice?

Application Deadlines
Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
^Transfer Priority Deadline


From enforcing the law to protecting your community to advocating on behalf of victims, criminal justice opens the door to a world of opportunities. A major or minor in this dynamic field puts you on the front lines of public safety and justice.

An interdisciplinary program that incorporates resources from forensic science and sociology, Criminal Justice Studies at UND integrates a variety of different approaches. You will gain:

  • Expertise in many different aspects of law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice and legal reasoning.
  • A deep understanding of how to enforce the law, apprehend criminals and protect your community.
  • A broad view of the field of criminal justice.

You will graduate ready to enter a law enforcement academy, pursue graduate studies or law school, or make your mark in corrections, courts, law enforcement, government and other careers in criminal justice.

Law (Accelerated B.S./J.D.) Program

Shave off a year of law school while earning your bachelor's in Criminal Justice Studies. With the Law (Accelerated Bachelor's/J.D.) program you can double count credits from your first year in law school to complete your undergraduate degree. Learn more about this option by contacting Roni Mayzer, Criminal Justice Pre-Law Coordinator.

Criminal Justice at UND

Criminal Justice Careers

A bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Studies prepares you for positions in any aspect of the criminal justice system. Our students have gone on to a variety of dynamic careers, including:

  • Probation
  • Corrections
  • Law Enforcement
  • U.S. Customs
  • U.S. Border Patrol
  • U.S. Immigration Service
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Our students have also gone on to graduate studies or law schools at institutions including:

  • UND
  • Florida State University
  • NDSU
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Utah
  • University of Minnesota

When You Earn a degree in Criminal Justice

A Criminal Justice degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Justice Research
  • Communication
  • Ethical Leadership

Criminal Justice Courses You Could Take

Lead Your Way

Stephanie Clarke is a member of Track & Field, a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice, and the first in her family to earn a college degree.

Read Stephanie's Story