Criminal Justice Management

Rise through the ranks of law enforcement

Union Institute & University’s major in Criminal Justice Management is your path 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 is led & taught 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. Union encourages you to bring  your own real-world experience in the field to our online criminal justice community.

Careers of our Criminal Justice Management Graduates

Union’s Criminal Justice Management program connects with Union’s national community of law enforcement personnel across the country. Developed by and for law enforcement professionals, our program connects you directly to our law enforcement site coordinators to provide the personal attention you need to advance your rank.

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

Transfer Credits

your experience
= less coursework

At Union we know your fieldwork has taught you what you can’t learn in a classroom, so we allow you to use your experience as our credits. Transfer up to 32 semester credits from your Basic POST and FDLE training with an internship component. You can also transfer up to 30 additional credits for your training beyond the academy using Union’s certified learning method (with a maximum of 60 credit hours). Our generous transfer credit for service is just one of the ways Union is built for you.


Hear Our Students

& faculty describe the advantages of Union's CJM

Skills & Benefits Union Students Gain

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

CJM Structure & Courses

•  120 Credit Hours Program (minimum)
•  Full-time & part-time options
• Classes start every 8 weeks!
• Up to 90 semester hours in transfer credits

Major & Core Courses
Graduation Capstone

Hear what our

students are saying

After just two weeks into my first course at Union Institute & University, I was extremely inspired and motivated to complete my degree. In March 2013, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Not only did Union Institute & University assist me in reaching my educational goal, but it also assisted me in obtaining the rank of Police Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Frederick H. Bobbitt, Jr.2013 Graduate

As a 27-year veteran in law enforcement I enrolled in Union’s Criminal Justice Management program but the following year I was seriously injured in the line of duty. Even while in the hospital I continued my academic studies. I was really determined; nothing was going to stop me from reaching my goal. I am even more thankful than ever to have my degree because it opens so many possibilities should I not be able to return to full duty.

Sergeant Tony Silva2013 Graduate

As a working person, Union Institute & University met my educational needs and schedule in a convenient location. The educational focus on criminal justice management matched up with my personal focus and I was able to infuse my ‘real life experience’ to meet many of the educational requirements.

Lieutenant John Weaver2012 Graduate

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