Bachelor Of Science In Criminal Justice Public Administration Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
Transfer Credits
Up to 75% of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Jan 10, 2022
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Manage Law Enforcement Resources Effectively with a Criminal Justice – Public Administration Degree

If you would like to enter the exciting world of criminal justice, but you feel your skills and passion isn’t in the enforcement area of law, then perhaps you should consider public administration. Without the effective management of vital resources, law enforcement’s men and women will not be able to fight crime successfully. Law enforcement needs managers who can handle resources and people on the local, state, or federal agency level. Our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Public Administration degree will train you to develop responses and solutions to complex administrative situations.

Our professors will help you acquire the skills you need for a successful career in a justice organization.  If you find yourself looking for a career that can combine finance, law enforcement, and managerial skills, then this is the perfect combination for your interests. Gain a practical understanding of public administration, criminal justice, and legal processes as you prepare for a career of service with duty, dignity, and integrity.

Why Choose Liberty’s Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice – Public Administration?

Criminal justice is a field that requires its members to hold the highest ethical and moral standards. Perhaps one of the biggest draw for people attending Liberty University is the high ethical standards for which we are known. As one of the largest Christian universities in the world, we have the resources to provide some of the best hands-on training opportunities you can find. With the Washington and New York City Fellowships, you have the opportunity to gain first-hand training and turn your knowledge into wisdom with an internship.

Our national criminal justice honor society, Alpha Phi Sigma, offers you opportunities for scholarship and career advancement as you connect with the criminal justice arena. Likewise, our Criminal Justice Club also hosts many events and offers opportunities for you to network and advance in a criminal justice career. 

What Will You Learn in Our B.S. in Criminal Justice – Public Administration Degree Program?

In our B.S. in Criminal Justice – Public Administration degree you will learn many valuable skills needed for managing a municipal, state, or federal department.

  • Gain knowledge of economic and management concepts in the government sector.
  • Learn how to develop a budget for a police department or other government agency.
  • Study an overview of the administrative processes found in criminal justice and other government organizations.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the budgeting process in government.
  • You will also study how the various rules regulating businesses affect and apply to the regulation of government.

Download and review our B.S. in Criminal Justice – Public Administration Degree Completion Plan.

Featured Courses

CJUS 300 – Administration of Justice Organizations

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • This course is designed to familiarize the student with the theoretical and practical management perspectives embraced by the American criminal justice system. 
  • This will include nature of criminal justice organizations, individual and group behavior within those organizations, processes inherent in those organizations, and areas of criminal justice reform from a Christian perspective.

PADM 360 – Introduction to Public Administration

This course is an introduction to the history and theory of public administration. These ideas will be applied within a variety of public institutional contexts.

PADM 462 – Public Finance and Budgeting

This course will teach you about fiscal and military policy, taxation, and the budget process in government.

GOVT 470 – Government Regulation of Business

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • About the sources and impact of various forms of government intervention in the private business sector.
  • The economic effects of regulation, the legal functions of various agencies, and rulemaking and regulatory powers and limitations of government administrative agencies.

Degree Information
Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Degree Program

  • We were awarded an Illuminate Grant for Justice Project DNA testing equipment and training, allowing students under the supervision of professors from our Criminal Justice, School of Law, and Biology departments to research cold cases and assist criminal justice reform advocates in exonerating wrongly convicted individuals.
  • Our bachelor’s in criminal justice degree produces graduates of distinction who have interned with agencies such as the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshals, Metropolitan Police Department, and NCIS. Our graduates have gained employment in with the U.S. Department of Defense, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), AECOM Defense Services Sector, and the Virginia State Police.
  • You will be taught by professors recognized for their excellence in teaching and who have served with the FBI, the Virginia Beach Police Department, and other distinguished law enforcement agencies.
  • Our program is rooted in the practical application of the theories you learn through simulations within the classroom and internships in the field.

Our Criminal Justice – Public Administration Bachelor’s Degree Information

  • Residential 
  • 120 total credit hours
  • You may transfer in up to 75% of your total degree.
  • This bachelor’s degree program falls under our Helms School of Government.
  • View our bachelor’s in criminal justice – public administration Degree Completion Plan.
  • Find more information about our bachelor’s degree in criminal justice program in our Course Catalog.

Career Opportunities for Our B.S. in Criminal Justice Graduates

  • Corrections facility director
  • Criminal justice policy advocate
  • Police officer
  • Special agent

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • SAT, ACT, or CLT scores (Liberty University is offering test-optional admission through Fall 2022 acceptance)
  • Admission essay

*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.