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Criminal Justice

Mercyhurst University
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2022

About this program

Criminal Justice

Mercyhurst University’s Department of Criminology andCriminal Justiceaffords students the ability to take a broad spectrum of courses that are designed to provide a basic understanding of the criminal justice system, to theorize why people commit crime, to review judicial processes and constitutional safeguards, to examine the effectiveness of correctional systems, and to evaluate criminal justice policies. Thus, our program encompasses all aspects of the criminal justice system. Our curriculum prepares students for careers in public and private sectors, in public safety and protective services, in legal and victim service arenas, and in correctional facilities and reentry agencies.

Our award-winning and nationally recognized faculty members personally advise our students with their schedules and with their career paths. Our student-centered approach allows us to assist students with deciding onobtaining internships, participating in study abroad opportunities, and networking in the field of their concentration—this hands-on learning in real world settings complements their classroom instruction!

Fast Facts

  • Since 2002, our graduating seniors have consistently scored higher than the national average on the Major Field Test in Criminal Justice in the areas of Law Enforcement, Law, Court System, Corrections, Theories of Behavior, Research Methodology and Statistics, and Critical Thinking.
  • We offer criminal justice-focused study abroad opportunities through which students can visit other countries to learn about and compare systems of justice.
  • Our department won the 2017 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, National Program of the Year Award for its activities during March’s National Criminal Justice Month.
  • We have a 4+1 program with our Criminal Justice Administration online graduate program, which allows students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s in as little as five years.
  • Students can also take advantage of a 3+3 program partnership with Duquesne University School of Law and Cleveland Marshall School of Law.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Total tuition fees for

  • Residents:$55,505
  • Local Commuters:$43,005

Career paths

Our alumni hold various positions in federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, law firms, probation and parole agencies, victim advocacy centers, and residential and community-based correction and detention facilities. We also boast a healthy placement rate for students who pursue advanced degrees in graduate school and/or law school.

Many of our grads are pursuing graduate degrees at colleges and universities including:

  • Mercyhurst University
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • SUNY Albany
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Florida State University

Our grads have also been accepted into regional and national law schools such as

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Duquesne University
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of Maine
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Akron

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Mercyhurst University

Founded in 1929, Mercyhurst University is a private, Catholic university located in Erie, Pennsylvania, on a hill overlooking Lake Erie. Our 75-acre campus is known as one of the most beautiful in the region. The university educates diverse persons in...

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Mercyhurst University

501 E 38th Street
16546 Erie Pennsylvania
United States of America

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