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What will I learn?

With a great many opportunities to work for the betterment of society, a degree in criminal justice equips graduates with transferable real life experiences of every day law enforcement at a local, state and federal level. SVSU students learn to address the needs of local and global communities through the integration of meaningful service and traditional instruction that incorporates reflection and critical thinking to enrich their collegiate career. The Criminal Justice degree is designed to provide students with a broad education based in the social sciences and, at the same time, introduce them to the goals and processes of the entire criminal justice system. Students have the opportunity to work in the field through an Engaged Learning course, which assigns them to a public or private organization to perform criminal justice-related work. SVSU students stand out as they take advantage of all that the Criminal Justice program has to offer—whether that be immediate career placement, graduate school or building life-long professional contacts.

The Criminal Justice program provides a liberal arts education with an inter-disciplinary focus on crime and criminal justice. The program requirements provides students with an overview of policing, criminal courts, corrections and criminal justice policy. In addition, students are offered instruction based upon the current criminal justice trends and policies.

Career Opportunities

Law Enforcement Officer (local, state or federal)
Military OneSource State Consultant
Child Protective Specialist
Mental Health Worker
Public Safety Officer

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$24,639.00 per year
Application deadline

1 November 2021

Start date

10 January 2022


College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences

7400 Bay Road,



48710, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have 60 credits with a GPA of 2.75,

For international students

Students must have a high school equivalent. Minimum GPA: 2.0. English Language Scores: TOEFL (iBT) - 61, IELTS - 5.5, PTE - 45, ELS Certificate - 110, Education First - B2. Application Deadlines: Fall (August) Semester: July 1; Winter (January) Semester: November 1; Spring (May) Semester: March 15.

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