Criminal Justice

School of Adult & Graduate Studies

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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.

For 25 years, the Montreat College School of Adult and Graduate Studies has been equipping adult students with the skills and tools they need to take the next step in their careers. And thanks to our four locations—Asheville, Charlotte, Morganton, and online—and our convenient scheduling options, getting your associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree from Montreat College has never been easier.

Our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is offered online.

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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