National University

Request Information

(800) 628-8648 Get Started

Campus Finder

Areas of Study

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

Lead Faculty: Dr. James E. Guffey

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree is designed to meet the educational and professional needs of individuals in law enforcement who are interested in professional development or career advancement. It also prepares individuals for challenging and dynamic careers in the justice system at the local, state, and federal levels. Individuals completing the program are prepared for entry- and advanced-level positions, teaching, or training assignments, private security employment, research, or employment as consultants within the field.

The major consists of upper-division courses that include basic forensic science, research methods, juvenile justice, corrections, criminology, leadership and management, civil and criminal investigations, court systems, criminal law, and a senior research project supervised by full-time, associate, and select core adjunct faculty. Additionally, students select elective courses from psychology, sociology, addictive disorders, behavioral science, legal studies, information technology, and human resource management to provide a broader perspective in human behavior.

Transition Programs

There are three transition programs available to students in the Criminal Justice program:

BS in Criminal Justice Administration/Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) Program

BS in Criminal Justice Administration/Master of Forensic Science (MFS) Program

BS in Criminal Justice Administration/Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program

The transition program allow students who are enrolled in the BS in Criminal Justice Administration with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and who are within completing their last six courses to register for two courses in the MCJ, MFS, or MPA program as electives for the bachelor s degree. The two graduate courses are restricted to those th,at do not require a prerequisite. Students must be complete all transition program coursework with a grade of B or better. Students pursuing the BSCJ/MPA program can take any two courses (with the exception of PAD 631 and PAD 644). Students pursuing the BSCJ/MCJ or BSCJ/MFS can choose any two classes which do not require prerequisites. The number of courses required to earn an MCJ, MFS or MPA degree for transition program students is reduced from 12 to as few as 10 courses. Graduate-level course work taken as part of the criminal justice administration program cannot be applied to the Master of Criminal Justice, Master of Forensic Science program or the Master of Public Administration program, nor will it transfer as graduate level credit to any other university because it becomes part of the undergraduate degree program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Synthesize the contributions of the various forensic science disciplines to the current detection and solving of crimes.
  2. Develop research designs to address current problems in criminal justice.
  3. Discuss the causes and patterns of juvenile delinquency.
  4. Apply biological, psychological, sociological, and economic explanations for criminal behavior from a variety of disciplines.
  5. Discuss the leadership and management styles in law enforcement.
  6. Analyze the role of criminal sanctions in relationship to victims and offenders.
  7. Analyze the problems within the criminal justice system.


To receive a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. Refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information regarding application and evaluation.

Preparation for the Major (1 course; 4.5 quarter units)
Requirements for the Major (9 courses; 40.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Upper-Division Electives (7 courses; 31.5 quarter units)
Students must complete a minimum of 7 courses (31.5 quarter units) of electives from the list below.