Criminal Justice

School of Adult & Graduate Studies

Prepare for a career in criminal justice.

In our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, you can:

  • Explore and learn a broad range of criminal justice topics through classroom instruction and experiential internship opportunities.
  • Prepare to enter an excellent job market with median pay of $63,000 per year for police and detectives.
  • Gain the training needed to enter directly into a career in law enforcement, other criminal justice professions, or graduate school upon graduation.

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For over 25 years, Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies has been helping adult students acquire essential skills, complete their degrees, and take their career to the next level. Montreat offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in a classroom or online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Montreat College’s Criminal Justice program offered?

Courses are offered online.

When are the start dates for the Criminal Justice degree program?

There are six start dates for new students every year, in January, February, May, June, August, and October. The next start date is the week of January 5, 2020.

How long does it take to complete the Criminal Justice degree program?

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program requires completion of 120 credit hours. If students take one class at a time continuously throughout the program they should complete the program in 4 years.

How much does the Criminal Justice degree program cost?

The cost is $395 per credit hour, or $47,400 total for the 120 credit program, plus a $35 technology fee per semester. Keep in mind that there are multiple college and government financial aid programs available to help mitigate the cost of your education. You can learn more about your financial aid options here.

How much money do criminal justice workers typically make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, business and financial professionals earn an average annual salary of $63,380. However, the criminal justice field is much larger than just law enforcement. And the amount of money that such professionals make depends on many factors, including region, industry, and specialization.

Academic Information
Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit the following for admissions consideration:

  • Montreat College Application for Admission
  • Official, final transcripts of all college courses taken*
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or higher in all previous college work attempted.
  • Official, final high school transcript or its equivalent (if transferring less than 12 semester credits of college credit)*
  • American Council on Education (ACE) verification demonstrating any eligible CLEP and DSST examinations, and non-collegiate military training.

*All final transcripts must include graduation information

Program Requirements

CJ 220 Criminal Procedure

The criminal justice process is studied with a concentration on the rules of criminal procedure, including rights of those accused of crimes, arrests, search and seizure, interrogation, confessions, right to counsel and the exclusionary rule.

CJ 360 Constitutional Law

The U.S. Constitution is the basis for our political system and is a fundamental cornerstone of the American criminal justice system. This course will provide a basic overview of our political system including the Constitution and how it is interpreted. In addition, this course will explore some of the key Supreme Court decisions that have interpreted and informed our current constitutional law.

CJ 380 Terrorism and National Security

A study of the impact that terrorism on individuals, society and government in our country. Included are discussions of the impact of terrorism on law enforcement, especially first responders, changes in Americans perspective on constitutional rights, and government responses to terrorism.

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Portrait of Robert Roth

Robert Roth
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice