Masters of Business Administration Criminal justice management

Law enforcement professionals who earn their MBA in Criminal Justice Management can move through the ranks and achieve positions at an executive level – like police chiefs, prison wardens, and directors of law agencies. With this level of education, you will have a unique set of skills that make you particularly employable as a police executive. Graduates will gain skills in organizational behavior, finance, strategic planning, and decision-making.  On the criminal justice side, you will learn about police technology, legal issues, managing organizational change, and cross-cultural communication. All of these skills are essential in today’s law enforcement community.

36 Total credits
$695 Cost Per Credit Hour
Jan 2 Next Start Date

Specialization in Criminal Justice Management

Union's MBA with a specialization in Criminal Justice Management provides advanced instruction in a range of business functions, such as accounting, ethics, human resources management, and more. At the same time, it examines those subjects from the unique perspective of managing a police department, sheriff's department, correctional institution, or other criminal justice-focused organization. In addition to traditional means of study, students engage in case studies and other activities that are based on real-world situations. The goal is to develop critical thinking, leadership, and decision-making skills that are required in today's dynamic criminal justice environment.

  • 36 Credit Program
  • Full-time & part-time options
  • 100% online – no residency
  • January, March, May, June, August & October start dates
  • Complete your degree in as little as 12 months
  • Credit hours in concentration vary

Skills & Benefits Union Students Gain

  • 100% online format: flexibility for your busy schedule.
  • One-on-one mentoring with professor.
  • Be part of a vibrant learning community made up of other MBA students.
  • Build a professional portfolio in the Capstone Course.
  • Real-world assignments allow you to start applying what you’ve learned immediately.

Who should consider getting this degree?

The MBA with a specialization in criminal justice management program is for any individual looking to move through the ranks of their agency or acquire a job in law enforcement as a sworn or non-sworn supervisor or police executive. The degree is applicable to opportunities in all facets of the criminal justice field, including law enforcement, corrections, probation, and parole, and at all levels including local, state, and federal agencies.


Many institutions require MBA applicants to complete the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). At Union, we recognize that the previous education and experience you bring into the MBA program says more about you than a test score. We’re committed to making higher education more accessible to busy adults like you – so no GMAT is required.

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts detailing an earned bachelor’s degree (preferably in Business) with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. If conferred GPA is less than 3.0, transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended must be provided.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in the major field of study and in all subsequent graduate work. An official transcript with the baccalaureate degree noted from the school(s) attended must be sent directly from the undergraduate school to the admission office. Candidates who do not have a 3.0 GPA may be considered for admittance to the program. Such exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis and may require additional coursework.
  • Students enrolled in the MBA program will be required to have two (2) foundation courses at the undergraduate level: General Business (BUS 101) and Accounting or Finance (ACC 235 or ACC 236). Students must have passed with a grade of “B” or better. These courses must be passed prior to beginning the MBA graduate courses and are typically part of undergraduate programs in Business. If students do not have their undergraduate degree in Business, they can take these courses with Union prior to starting the MBA program.
  • Students with international transcripts are responsible for obtaining an evaluation of their transcripts through an international evaluation service.
  • A personal statement of purpose that describes the applicant’s reasons for applying to the MBA program. The statement of purpose should also demonstrate graduate-level writing skills and command of the English language.
  • Two letters of recommendation from people who know the applicant academically or professionally and who can speak to their potential to succeed in graduate study.
  • An updated resume demonstrating at least three years of work experience (five or more years is preferred).
  • English proficiency is required of all applicants whose first language is not English. Most students fulfill the English requirement by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). At both the graduate and undergraduate levels, our TOEFL requirement is 79 on the Internet-based test. See and Students may also demonstrate English proficiency by successfully completing a valid undergraduate or master’s level degree for which the language of instruction was English.

To see all requirements, view the university catalog. Or you can apply now for free, and one of our Success Coaches will answer your questions and walk you through the process.

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