Criminal Justice Management

Rise Through the Ranks of Law Enforcement

A Bachelor of Science with a major in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University is your ticket to a rewarding career in law enforcement. Our flexible online degree program is specifically designed to prepare you to move up the ranks into supervisory, management, and executive positions within the criminal justice system. It’s led by experts who know the field, not only because they’ve studied it, but because they’ve experienced it firsthand – as line employees, support personnel, supervisors, managers, and executives.

While in the program, we encourage you to apply what you learn to your own real-world experience.

Careers for B.S. Graduates with a Criminal Justice Management Major

  • Police Officers
  • Deputy Sheriffs
  • State Correctional Officers/Deputies
  • County Custodial Deputies/Officers
  • Probation Officers
  • Juvenile Hall Officers
  • Sergeants
  • Lieutenants
  • Captains
  • Chiefs of Police/Sheriffs

Program Benefits

Our Criminal Justice Management program was developed by professional law enforcement for professional law enforcement.

Here are a few additional benefits of our distance learning program:

  • Personal attention from a program advisor and staff who understand your academic and scheduling needs
  • Transfer up to 32 semester credits from Basic POST and FDLE training with an internship component and/or
  • Transfer up to 30 additional semester credits for training beyond the academy training through Union Institute & University’s certified learning method with a maximum of 60 credit hours possible.
  • Option to earn college credits through CLEP, DSST, Challenge Exams, prior learning assessment, and credits recommended by ACE through military training
  • Network with Union Institute & University’s national community of law enforcement personnel who have served throughout the country
  • Financial aid available to those who qualify


  • Compare and contrast contemporary techniques for supervision, leadership, and administration within a criminal justice organization.
  • Summarize and interpret how current issues in the field impact organizations, personnel, and other stakeholders.
  • Interpret applied ethical theories in a contemporary environment.
  • Analyze and critique criminal justice policy and service delivery from a management point of view.

Core Curriculum

General Education Courses

View a complete list of curriculum requirements.

Major Core Courses

The Criminal Justice Management program requires a minimum of 48 credits in the major.

4 credits each unless otherwise noted

  • CJM 303 Applied Ethics in Criminal Justice Management
  • CJM 306 Supervision in the Criminal Justice Field
  • CJM 307 Criminal Justice Management and Administration
    FOR 310 Forensic Science Management (may substitute for CJM 307 in major core)
  • CJM 409 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Management
  • CJM 410 Criminal Justice Management Information Systems

View core course descriptions.


4 credits each unless otherwise noted

  • CJM 302 Research and Management Analysis Techniques for Criminal Justice Managers
  • CJM 304 The Role of Criminal Justice in Terrorism
  • CJM 308 Management of Fatal Officer Involved Shootings (1 cr.)
  • CJM 309 Drugs in Society
  • CJM 315 Police Accountability and the Criminal Justice Manager (2 cr.)
  • CJM 316 Managing Mental Health Interagency Task Forces (1 cr.)
  • CJM 320 Capital Punishment (2 cr.)
  • CJM 321 Criminological Theories
  • CJM 325 The Impact of Social Media on Criminal Justice Organizations (2 cr.)
  • CJM 330 Gangs and Gang Subcultures
  • CJM 331 Managing Regional Gang Task Forces
  • CJM 412 Fiscal Management for Criminal Justice Organizations
  • CJM 413 Critical Incident Management
  • CJM 415 Managing Elder Abuse Investigation and Prevention Programs (3 cr.)
  • CJM 331 Managing Regional Gang Task Forces
  • FOR 310 Forensic Science Management
  • FOR 315 Forensic Science and Criminology
  • FOR 320 Emerging Trends in Forensic Science
  • PSY 353 Criminal Behavior (3 cr.)

View electives descriptions.

Additional elective learning may be accepted when appropriate to the major. Acceptable elective learning may include prior and certified learning that meets program criteria for acceptance. All additional electives must be endorsed by the major’s chair and the dean and documented in the approved degree plan prior to registration.

Culminating Graduation Requirement

As part of course work in the major, every student will complete a culminating graduation requirement (CGR).

You will be required to complete the CGR by satisfactory completion of a student electronic portfolio that will consist of the assessment artifact, a 10-page APA-formatted research paper from each of the five core courses. In addition, a present and future resume from the CJM 307 course will be included in the portfolio.

The portfolio is a collection of papers that will demonstrate your learning and achievement for university, major, and course competencies and outcomes. Each artifact must receive a grade of C or better to meet the minimum requirement.

Relevant Certificates for Criminal Justice Management

Certificate in Forensic Science Management

Increase your understanding of ethically supervising and managing forensic personnel.

Certificate in Homeland Security

Increase your understanding of the resources and responses to terrorist threats in your communities.