The online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Security Management is an innovative major designed to give working adults interested in security management training the knowledge and skills needed in either a criminal justice or security management career. Students who want to earn their criminal justice degree should learn more about what our program offers.

The major bridges both the criminal justice and corporate security management fields, giving you strengths that historically have been weaknesses in a singular sector.

SLU's online Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Security Management examines the assumptions and theories, laws and technology, and practical investigative issues with the realities of the workplace and the criminal justice and private security environments.

The Criminal Justice and Security Management Bachelor's degree also develops management skills in security management and social science skills in the criminal justice field.

This online Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice & Security Management is a professional program that allows you to specialize in one of three tracks:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Security Management
  • Security Management Technology

A Criminal Justice and Security Management degree uniquely brings two apparently similar, but very different, disciplines together.

A Criminal Justice and Security Management graduate, regardless of chosen track, will have a unique foundation that opens more professional doors than a graduate who holds a single criminal justice degree or security management degree.

SLU offers the Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Security Management online, as well as in a blended online/on-ground format.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Applications are accepted and processed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply for admission at least one month before the beginning of the term in which they wish to enroll. Tuition fee

Per credit hour : $610

Not specified Start date January,March,May,June,August,October 2015 Credits 120
Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode BlendedOnline Educational variant Full-time Structure Semi-structured Student interaction Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments Attendance No Attendance Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Criminal Justice Careers

A fast-growing field, with quality of workforce becoming a top concern.

Businesses and government bodies face a tremendous need for qualified personnel in the dynamic and diverse field of criminal justice, security management and security management technology.

With a degree in Criminal Justice and Security Management or certificates in criminal justice, security management and security management technology, you will be prepared for the broad range of employment opportunities in the rapidly growing field of criminal justice and security management - both in the private sector and in the federal, state and municipal governments.

This program will familiarize you with the American criminal justice system and corporate security world. You will be studying the interrelationships and responsibilities of each area while becoming proficient in interpersonal and group communications. That will allow you to develop the essential problem solving and critical thinking skills needed to advance your career and pursue such administrative, supervisory and leadership roles in:

  • Law enforcement
  • Corporate security
  • Corrections
  • Juvenile justice
  • Legal arenas
  • Criminal and security analysis
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Probation and parole
  • Investigative support

Whether you like it or not, crime is a part of your life. A career in criminal justice or corporate security can prepare you in this fight against crime. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the criminal justice and corporate career fields are expected to grow faster than other traditional careers. Funding and public trends may lead to more jobs in law enforcement, corporate security, corrections, criminal and security analysis, probation and parole, and investigative support.

Within the criminal justice field, the average salary is around $50, 000 per year, and in some organizations can run as high as $125,000. In the corporate security field, salaries range upwards of more than $100,000, depending on the position.


English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 80

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Applicants to the School of Professional Studies should meet the following admission requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • Age: 22 years or older (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis).
  • Work Experience: at least 3 years or the equivalent.
  • Education: high school diploma or composite GED score of at least 2250.
  • Interview: successful completion of an admission meeting with an admissions counselor. This can be done over the phone or at one of our campus sites.
  • Grade Point Average: A minimum transfer cumulative GPA of 2.5 (unless qualified for conditional admittance).

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Technological Requirements

Computer requirements: • Windows users: Need a Pentium IV processor, 1 GHz or faster, 512 MB RAM, running either Windows XP or Vista • Macintosh users: Need a G4 processor, 1 GHz or faster, 512 MB RAM, running Mac OS 10.3 or higher • DSL connection or faster • Operable speakers should be connected Software requirements: • A Web browser, preferably Internet Explorer or Firefox • Java 2 Runtime Environment • Flash Player • Windows Media Player (Mac users can download the Flip4Mac player to view Windows Media files) • Real Player or an alternative • A word processing program, such as Microsoft Word • A presentation program, such as Microsoft PowerPoint • A spreadsheet program, such as Microsoft Excel • Mac and Windows users can use Open Office as a free alternative to Microsoft Office

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Alumni Study Travel Fund

    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Saint Louis University.


Scholarships & Financial Aid

There are are two main ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, talent, service, leadership and financial need.
  • Financial aidcomes in the form of grants and loans, some of which will have to be repaid.

Saint Louis University is committed to providing scholarship and financial aid programs to recognize academic excellence and to make a SLU education affordable for working adults.

To determine eligibility for financial assistance, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early for maximum consideration. FAFSA forms are available in the University Office of Student Financial Services and online at

For additional financial aid and scholarship opportunities, click here.


Accreditation is extremely vital to a school because it assures the students that the school's curricula and student body performance either meet or exceed particular standards. Earning accreditation implies the institution has at least met the thorough requirements and teaches pertinent curricula based on verified data. It's also important to note that being regionally accredited is the most recognized type of accreditation in the United States.

Saint Louis University's accredited adult degree programs in St. Louis, Missouri are reviewed and evaluated by the Higher Learning Committee of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The HLC has been the continual accrediting body of Saint Louis University since 1916. Sharing a long history, part of the HLC's meticulous process to approve continued accreditation is that SLU must undergo and submit a comprehensive Self-Study every 10 years. SLU has been continuously accredited since 1916—most recently in 2012.

The HLC's rigorous assessment and accreditation review acts as a major benefactor to Saint Louis University's reputation and curricula as a whole because it requires SLU to undertake and address any necessary improvements needed in its professional commitment to a mission of providing exceptional education to its students.

Learn more about SLU's accreditation.

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