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Quick Facts

  • 445 - Bachelor's degrees in criminal justice awarded in 2015-16
  • Fall 2015 - Launch of new doctoral program in criminal justice
  • 4 - UCF campuses offering a bachelor's degree in criminal justice (Orlando, Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Valencia West)
  • 1 - Rank of online undergraduate program by bestcolleges.com

FAQ Prospective Majors

How do I apply to the Criminal Justice Program?

The first step is to make application to UCF. Here is a link to our admissions site: http://admissions.ucf.edu. If you are already taking classes at another college or university, you need to pay particular attention to the information for transfer students: http://admissions.ucf.edu/apply/transfer/

Once you are admitted to UCF, you will just have to declare your major as Criminal  Justice. There are no additional requirements to be admitted to our program. 

What are the deadlines for application to the program?

There are no specific deadlines for admission to the Criminal Justice Department; however the University honors the following deadlines for application:

Freshmen Applicants
Fall: May 1st
Spring: November 1st
Summer: March 1st

Transfer Applicants
Fall: July 1st
Spring: November 1st
Summer: March 1st

International Applicants
Fall: March 1st
Spring: September 1st
Summer: January 1st

What is the difference between a BA and a BS degree?

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts are required to successfully complete one year of one foreign language in college (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree are required to complete two of high school foreign language. If a student is choosing American Sign Language to fulfill their foreign language requirement, the student must take three semesters of that language.

What are the prerequisites for the program?

There are no prerequisites for the program; however, students applying as online-only students must have an AA degree (or equivalent) completed from a Florida state college. AS degrees are not equivalent to AA degrees. 

Can I take the entire Criminal Justice Program online?

The Criminal Justice BA or BS program can be completed online.  Not every elective course is available online, but there are enough electives offered online for students to fulfill degree requirements.

What are the requirements to do an internship?

Registration is necessary to intern at a placement site. Please speak to Associate Professor Cory Watkins or your advisor regarding registration.

In order to qualify (academically) to register for criminal justice internship credits, you must meet the following criteria:

  • criminal justice major in last 30 hours of study
  • All CJ core courses complete, with a grade of C or better in each core course. These are
    • CCJ3014 (Crime in America)
    • CCJ3024 (Criminal Justice System)
    • CJL 3510 (Prosecution and Adjudication)
    • CJC3010 (Corrections and Penology)
    • CJE4014 (Police and Society)
    • CCJ4701 (Research Methods in Criminal Justice)
    • CCJ4746 (Data Analysis for Criminal Justice) this applies only to those students who are enrolled under the catalog year of 2012 or later
  • An overall GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Individual agencies may add their own criteria

Can I complete an internship if I am an online student?

Yes.  Although there are a few exceptions, internships may be completed in most states and with the federal government.  The internship coordinator can provide further information and help online students find suitable placements.

What is the Scholar's Track, and how can I participate?

The Scholars Track is for students who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and have met the entrance requirement of having achieved a grade of B or better in both ENC1101 and ENC1102.  Scholars Track candidates must make application to the Track.  The Criminal Justice Scholars Track prepares students for graduate study. This track introduces exceptional students to specialized topics and provides the opportunity for select students to work closely with Criminal Justice professors who will mentor them in twelve hours of small, seminar-style classes. 

What is the Senior Scholar Program and how can I participate?

Undergraduate Criminal Justice majors who have completed all of their core courses, and 90 hours of study, and who maintain a 3.0 overall OR Criminal Justice GPA, may take up to 9 credit hours of 5,000-level graduate course work, to be transferred into the Master's program upon acceptance.  The senior scholar course work counts as upper-level Criminal Justice elective credit, as well as credit toward the student's graduate work.

Does the Criminal Justice Department offer Undergraduate Certificate Programs?

Yes, and they are open to all majors.  Please note the certificates are not stand-alone programs.  Only UCF undergraduate degree-seeking students may apply for certificate programs.  Here is a listing of certificate programs:

  • Crime Analysis and Crime Mapping (15 credit hours)
  • Criminal Profiling (15 credit hours)
  • Security Management (15 credit hours)
  • Crime Scene Investigation (15 credit hours)
  • Victim Advocacy (15 credit hours)

Students must declare these certificates in their student centers (MyUCF). Certificate courses may be used to fulfill upper-division CJ requirements. 

Are Certificate Programs available to online students?

Online Criminal Justice majors may earn certificates in one of the following only:

  • Criminal Profiling (15 credit hours)
  • Security Management (15 credit hours)
  • Victim Advocacy (15 credit hours)

What kinds of job opportunities are available to graduates with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice Bachelor's degree program graduates can become police, correctional or probation officers, justice system administrators, crime analysts, private security administrators, superintendents, county sheriffs/deputies, program directors or elected officials. Many program graduates go on to graduate school and get involved with academic criminal justice; or professional school, like law school, and take positions in the legal aspects of the justice system as prosecutors or defense attorneys.

The outlook for students entering law enforcement or the correctional fields is expected to be good. Although the level of government spending influences the employment in these areas, the recent support of more professionals in these areas is a trend that is expected to continue. The need to replace currently employed professionals who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force, coupled with rising employment demand, should generate thousands of job openings each year. With experience and additional education, qualified professionals may advance to supervisory, administrative or counseling positions.

One of the benefits of conducting international fieldwork is the opportunity to become engrossed in a different culture.
— William Moreto,  Assistant Professor
The people I worked with ... put me in every scenario possible and allowed me to experience it first hand.
— Max Thedy,  former student intern who worked with law enforcement rangers in Cape Town, South Africa
I cannot stress enough the importance of the basic research skills and knowledge, combined with an understanding of data analysis for those planning to be leaders in the field of criminal justice.
— Roberto Hugh Potter,  Criminal Justice Department Professor
I would not be in the position I have today if it weren’t for the Criminal Justice Program at UCF.
— Carl Metzger,  M.S. in Criminal Justice, '03; Deputy Chief, University of Central Florida
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