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Criminal Justice Degree (Bachelor of Science)

Earn your criminal justice degree and gain an understanding of crime, victimization and the American criminal justice system. At Creighton, you’ll explore how the criminal justice system interacts with victims of crime and members of disadvantaged communities. Ultimately, you’ll learn why studying crime, victimization and the criminal justice system is a critical component to improving society.

A criminal justice degree is a good choice for those interested in a career in the criminal justice system or related fields. It’s also a good fit for those pursuing a graduate degree or a law degree.

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Program Details

As a criminal justice major, you’ll explore:  

  • The social determinants that cause crime and violence
  • The humanity of victims, offenders and criminal justice practitioners
  • How studying crime, victimization and the criminal justice system is critical to improving society

Graduates will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate the realities of the American criminal justice system in both oral and written form
  • Apply the scientific theories used in criminal justice sciences
  • Assess the ethical implications of criminal justice practice and research


Along with Creighton’s core requirements, there are 37 credits within the criminal justice curriculum. As a criminal justice major, you can take classes such as:

  • Theories of Crime and Deviance
  • Crime, Victimization and Public Health
  • Race and Justice
  • Judicial Process
  • Psychology and the Law
  • Forensic Psychology

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Admissions Requirements

Creighton admissions are based upon:

  • High school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores*
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
  • Recommendation from high school counselor
  • Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.

Financial Aid

Creighton University’s Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.

To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. A variety of scholarships are also available.

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