Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Business Administration
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With crime rates continuing to rise, you’ll be on right side of the law with a BBA in Criminal Justice. The BBA in Criminal Justice specialization is designed to help you develop a real life understanding of the foundations of our criminal justice system. Through NCU’s unique one-to-one mentoring approach, you will explore history, ethics, legal aspects of criminal justice and practical application skills. Your final assignment is a research project demonstrating your ability to investigate a workplace problem and recommend a plan for preventative action.

General Degree Requirements


The Bachelor of Business Administration degree requires 120 semester credit hours*.

 *A minimum of 60 semester transfer credits or a conferred Associate’s degree are required.


  • Grade Point Average of "C", 2.0, or higher.

  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University.

  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: high school transcript or GED.

  • All financial obligations to the University paid in full.


The University may accept a maximum of 90 semester credit hours in transfer toward the bachelor's degree for coursework completed at an accredited or approved college or university with a grade of "C" or better.


Credit Hour Requirements


  • General Education - 39 credit hours

  • Required Foundational Courses - 33 credit hours

  • Specialization Electives - 18 credit hours

  • Open Electives – 27 credit hours*

  • Required Business Capstone Course - 3 credit hours


Total - 120 credit hours


*Students may select any undergraduate Northcentral courses to fulfill this requirement. Your Academic Advisor can assist you in choosing courses applicable to your career goals

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

Course Code


Course Description


Introduction to Criminal Justice

Laws regulate the actions of all people residing in the nation as well as the actions of governmental bodies and organizations. The legislature writes the laws. The executive branch enforces laws. The judiciary branch adjudicates guilt or innocence. The criminal justice system then provides the structure for carrying out this process. This undergraduate level course provides students the opportunity to examine the American criminal justice structure and the functions and processes that impact communities and society.


Introduction to Law Enforcement

Students in this course will examine the history of law enforcement and distinguish between historical and contemporary issues of criminal justice. Students will also explore the management issues involved in policing as well as challenges to the profession.



This course will examine the nature and extent of crime, as well as the causes and prevention of criminality. Particular attention will be given to theories and typologies.



In this undergraduate course, students will examine the nature and extent of criminal behavior and correctional systems, corrections and penology, and criminal rehabilitation institutions. This course will not only examine prison systems, but jail operations and management as well. Other topics include community corrections, work release and home detention, pre-trial and bail services, probation, parole, and pardons and reprieves. Particular attention will be given to theories and typologies.


Law Enforcement and the Community

This course examines the development and support of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) strategies, and how this policing style responds to the needs and demands of citizens.


Research Methods for Criminal Justice

Students in this course will examine the sources and resources of classic and contemporary research in the criminal justice field. The ability to develop, conduct and analyze scientific research within the criminal justice specialization is critical to developing new techniques or validating old practices.


Introduction to Criminal Law

This introductory course analyzes the fundamental principles and doctrines that underline criminal law in general rather than rules for a specific state. The student will become acquainted with constitutional and case law precedents and elements of criminal liability for various crimes including acts against persons and property. Criminal law’s application to vice crimes and terrorism are also addressed.


Criminal Court Process

This course offers a comprehensive analysis of the operation of the courts through an exploration of theory and actual operation. The focus is on the rules of operation and the informal methods of accomplishing institutional goals, the formal and informal working relationships between various parties in the system, and the political context in which criminal justice is dispensed. The rules and rationale behind criminal law is a major topic throughout the course.


Law Enforcement and Management

This course will examine law enforcement management and supervisors and their interrelationships with members of their organizations and the community at large. Particular attention will be paid to the best known methods and practices of police leadership and management.


Introduction to Corporate/Private Security

This introductory course is designed to expose students to emerging issues in the field of private security. A growing industry with employees now numbering in the millions, private security firms work hand in hand with public law enforcement strengthening the overall security posture of firms, schools, private homes etc. Beginning with a discussion addressing the differences between public and private police, classes will later analyze security needs of future business and private establishments in detail. Potential threats emanate from tapped phones, bugged offices, stolen papers, covert recording, undercover employees, phony repair people, fax intercepts and the list goes on. The substance of the course will include practical theoretical elements affecting the private/corporate security field. The threat of industrial espionage is not only a domestic threat; it is often a foreign threat as well. The course will garner a better understanding of corporate security, its principles, legal authority and its effect on society in general.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. We have adopted an all-inclusive tuition model that gives you the cost of your Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Completion tuition and fees in one flat program rate*. The only additional cost above your BBA program rate is books. Learn more about the NCU’s BBA costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $432
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,296
  • Program cost: $26,270
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of program is determined on the program and track student enters, transfer credits if any and other unique student factors.  For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our students, it’s that they are motivated and ambitious—but they are also busy! At Northcentral University, we’ve designed our education experience to work with you, not against you, so you can achieve your academic goals without sacrificing the quality, flexibility and support you need to be successful.

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