Degree Type:
Associate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Minor
Mode of Study:
On Campus, Online

The Criminal Justice program at Methodist University seeks to provide students with a systems orientation to the field of criminal justice and a holistic view of behavior, conditions, and circumstances that produce crime and criminality. Crime, criminality, and the criminal justice system are studied from a social science perspective. Students acquire a knowledge base and comprehensive understanding of criminological theory as it applies to the causation, prevention, control, and treatment of criminal behavior. Students are provided the opportunity to study the application of forensic science within the context of the investigative process. The program provides students the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills in interpersonal communications, program and policy development, community organization, planning and research to function in a professional position in the field of criminal justice.

Common Salary Ranges for Graduates

The average salary in the Criminal Justice field is $51,052 in the Fayetteville area. However, some jobs can approach the six-digit salary range with other jobs reaching as high as $198,000.

Average Tuition Cost

The average cost for an incoming residential freshman to attend MU is less than $18,000 – similar to the cost of attending one of the big-box public schools, but with the enhanced value of a highly-regarded private school with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

While tuition varies, depending on a student’s financial aid package, it’s important to know that the average financial award for an incoming residential freshman at MU is more than $34,000.

Tuition cost for the MU Online program in Criminal Justice is $400 per credit hour, for a total of $49,600 for the program prior to transfer credits and financial aid being applied.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

More than 97% of MU students receive some form of financial aid, with the University offering more than $24 million annually to students for scholarships. If a student is active military, family of active military, or a veteran, they may also qualify for MU’s military education benefits.

Interested in Our Online Criminal Justice program?

You're interested in the MU Criminal Justice program, but are a working adult looking for the flexibility of an online program? Visit the Criminal Justice program on our MU Online microsite for more information on the program, careers, how to apply, tuition and aid, and much more!

Frequently Asked Questions

Criminal Justice provides opportunities for a number of important career fields. From lawyer to a law enforcement officer to a forensic psychologist, there are many opportunities available to those with a Criminal Justice degree.

Criminal Justice is designed to deliver “justice for all” by providing a system that includes law enforcement, courts, prisons, counseling services, and a number of other organizations and agencies that people come into contact with on a daily basis.

The Criminal Justice program at Methodist University seeks to provide students with a systems orientation to the field of criminal justice and a holistic view of behavior, conditions, and circumstances that produce crime and criminality. Crime, criminality, and the criminal justice system are studied from a social science perspective. Students acquire a knowledge base and comprehensive understanding of criminological theory as it applies to the causation, prevention, control, and treatment of criminal behavior. Students are provided the opportunity to study the application of forensic science within the context of the investigative process.

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