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Associate of Arts with Concentration in Criminal Justice Administration

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The general field referred to as Administration of Justice is directed toward the prevention, discovery, control and treatment of crimes, criminals, and criminality. Students who desire to enter a career concerned with the administration of justice will find that this curriculum has flexibility that allows them to prepare for specific fields included in that broad category. The program also provides a basis for continuation into the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree at National University. Opportunities for college graduates include positions as federal and state police officers, parole officers, probation officers, and correctional administrators.

BS Criminal Justice Administration/MS Juvenile Justice Transition Program

Students currently enrolled in the BS Criminal Justice Administration program who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and are within six courses of completion of the BS program may register for the BS Criminal Justice Administration/MS Juvenile Justice transition program. They do so by asking their admission advisor to submit a plan change into the transition program, allowing them to take one MS Juvenile Justice class as an elective during the BS Criminal Justice Administration program. Students may choose one 600-level Juvenile Justice course, with the exception of JJS625 or JJS690. For students in the BS Criminal Justice Administration/MS Juvenile Justice transition program, the University will waive one Master of Science in Juvenile Justice courses taken as part of the bachelor s degree if the grade earned is a B or higher. No graduate units will be awarded. However, these students must still meet the residency requirements and begin the MS Juvenile Justice program within six months of completing the BS Criminal Justice Administration program. A complete description of Transition Program requirements can be found in the Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Critique the ethical philosophy of the American justice system and all participants.
  2. Analyze crime causation, criminal statutes and elements of particular crimes and criminal procedures.
  3. Recognize the complexities of punishment, corrections, community and human relations.
  4. Evaluate the complex legal aspects of criminal investigations, procedures, constitutional law, and case law.
  5. Apply laws and procedures for the collection and use of evidence.
  6. Communicate effectively in written and oral formats.
  7. Trace the progression of a criminal case from pre-trial, to trial, and post-trial adjudication.


To receive the A.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, students must complete at least 90 quarter units, 31.5 of which must be taken in residence at National University.  All students must complete a minimum of 35.5 units of the Associate of Science General Education requirements. Refer to the section on undergraduate admission requirements for additional information regarding admission and evaluation.

Requirements for the Major (9 courses; 40.5 quarter units)

Core Requisite(s):

Recommended Electives
Students who plan to transition to the BS in Criminal Justice Administration or who desire further knowledge within the Criminal Justice field and who need elective units are encouraged to take any of the following to meet the overall unit requirement for the Associate degree.