What will I learn?

The school works collaboratively to investigate, understand, and solve social problems related to crime through the interdisciplinary and comparative study of crime and criminal behavior, as well as the policies and systems designed to control criminality. Graduates are well-prepared to become agents of positive change in the justice system through evaluation, research, ethical practice, and dedicated service. Graduates are also prepared to pursue advanced degrees in criminology/criminal justice, law, public affairs, and related graduate fields.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Explain the underlying philosophies, history, processes, components, and best practices of the CJ system (i.e., police, courts, correctional agencies).
Demonstrate effective written and oral communication and the appropriate use and synthesis of reliable information sources with proper attribution.
Analyze the role of ethics, diversity, culture, political power, and corporate power on the components of the CJ system.
Evaluate the nature, extent, causation, and prevention of crime and critique the major criminological theories.
Demonstrate social scientific research methodologies and analyze data to formulate defensible conclusions.
Apply the principles of substantive, procedural, and evidentiary criminal laws that regulate and guide the CJ system and its actors.
Apply classroom-based information to a real-world setting (e.g., social support agency, police department, courtroom, correctional facility) and critically examine the practices, policies, or processes of that setting.

Career Options

Law Enforcement • Institutional Corrections • Community Corrections • Court System • Social Services Agencies • Juvenile Justice • Investigations • Victim Services • Re-Entry Services • Research • Security • Law (Some of these careers require additional education or experience.)

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Human Services

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,142.00 per year
Costs of Attendance, based on 7+ units per semester enrollment
Application deadline

15 December 2021

Start date

20 January 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Health and Human Services

California State University, Long Beach,

1250 Bellflower Boulevard,



90840, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A minimum GPA of 2.75 in all community college courses required for the Associate Degree in Nursing

For international students

Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Paper-based 500; Internet-based (iBT) 61

IELTS 5.5 each sub-section

Pearson Test of English 43

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.