School of Criminal Justice

Welcome to the School of Criminal Justice, one of the top-ranked schools for Criminal Justice in the country, we offer Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral Degrees. With highly experienced faculty, impactful centers, and study abroad opportunities, University of Cincinnati’s School of Criminal Justice continues to make a positive impact on the world around us.

Empowering Leaders, Advancing Justice

At the School of Criminal Justice, we are committed to offering a comprehensive range of degree programs to help you build a successful career in the dynamic field of criminal justice. Our top-ranked school is home to highly experienced faculty, impactful research centers, and exciting study abroad opportunities that continue to make a positive impact on the world.

Where justice meets education, the University of Cincinnati School of Criminal Justice is a beacon of excellence, nurturing the leaders and scholars who shape a more equitable and fair society

The School of Criminal Justice offers degrees in:

As a premier institution for education in Criminal Justice, we take pride in providing a diverse array of degree programs designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in this dynamic profession. Our commitment to excellence extends to the following degree offerings:

With Bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies, as well as Minors and Certificates, we are dedicated to providing the knowledge to be a successful professional in the Criminal Justice field.

Bachelor's Degree:

Minor Programs:

Offering a Master's Degree both online and on-campus, as well as a PhD program ranked 3rd in the nation, our Graduate degrees will prepare you to make a difference in the exciting field of Criminal Justice.

Master's Degree:

Doctoral Degree:

Discover our certificate, certification, and endorsement options designed to expand your expertise within your desired field. These programs provide valuable insights and specialized knowledge to enhance your career.

Undergraduate Certificates:

Graduate Certificates:

Centers and Institutes

Criminal Justice Centers

Elevate your studies through engagement with our top-rated centers and programs. Our nationally renowned research center actively supports students and professionals in the Criminal Justice field. Our research excellence has a tangible impact on national criminal justice policy, making our institution a driving force for positive change.

Learn more about our centers.

Faculty and Staff

Criminal justice faculty member

The commitment of our Faculty and Staff to teaching and research excellence has earned them the ranking of 1st in Faculty Scholarship. Their dedication to student success ensures our school makes an impact around the world.

Learn more about our faculty.

News & Features


WVXU: Youth placed in adult prisons are more likely to die...

August 4, 2023

Criminal justice researcher Joseph Nedelec speaks to WVXU regarding new study of youth and longevity and the legal system. Nedelec is an associate professor in the UC School of Criminal Justice and co-led a study which found youth die earlier when they are placed in adult prisons.


Fox 19: Retailers being forced to make changes

August 28, 2023

Organized retail theft is on the rise and shows little hope of slowing down. Karl Langhorst, an adjunct professor of criminal justice and retail theft expert, was interviewed by Fox 19 on the topic of organized retail crime. Langhorst teaches a course at UC on retail loss prevention and is also a consultant in the retail industry.


A Legacy of Commitment: Sue Bourke and UC's School of Criminal...

April 24, 2023

When it comes to the School of Criminal Justice in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services and Information Technology (CECH), Bourke’s name stands out among her fellow Criminal Justice colleagues. As the program's undergraduate director, Bourke's 37-year-long commitment to her students and the field of Criminal Justice has helped shape the program and the futures of countless CJ professionals.


Criminal Justice Society earns Crimestoppers Award

January 13, 2023

Housed within the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, the Criminal Justice (CJ) Society students, with roughly 900 general members, participate in numerous volunteer initiatives and sponsored activities.


WVXU: Research challenges political rhetoric about a tie between...

December 14, 2022

WVXU interview on immigration and drug overdoses rwith UC experts Ben Feldmeyer, an associate professor of criminal justice, and Daniel Arendt, an assistant processor of pharmacy. Feldmeyer has done extensive research on immigration and crime and Arendt is a leader in addiction and prevention measures.


UC startup helps police departments prevent, solve crime

May 16, 2022

Software technology from a University of Cincinnati Venture Lab-backed startup that focuses on records management and data analytics is helping law enforcement agencies more efficiently manage and share data to help solve crime.

Query for this