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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


Academic Program Orientations

Bachelor of Arts/Science in Criminal Justice
The Criminal Justice program can be pursued face-to-face, online or students may elect to take courses both in-class and online. Those who expect to take any classes face-to-face must attend the traditional University wide orientation, and are required to schedule a time and date with the UCF Orientation Office once accepted to the University. At  the general UCF orientation, students will also attend a 1-hour Criminal Justice orientation session where they will meet the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and the Coordinator of Academic Support/Department Advisor. Students will receive an informational packet describing all degree requirements, as well as the various  programs (Scholars Track, Senior Scholar Program, Study Abroad Program, Internships and Certificates). Students choosing the online option must complete the online University orientation and the Criminal Justice online orientation. For more information about the Criminal Justice program, please contact the department at 407-823-2603.

For more information about the online option, click here: .

Master of Science in Criminal Justice
The week prior to the start of each semester (fall, spring and summer), the master's degree program in criminal justice holds a welcome orientation for new students. The specific date and time for each orientation are noted in the acceptance letter new students receive. At orientation, students attend a brief presentation and have the opportunity to meet the department chair and graduate coordinator. Students also receive an informational packet including course schedules, requirements, grade expectations, a campus map and contact list.

College Orientation

The College of Health and Public Affairs' Undergraduate Student Services office provides student support and is located in HPA II - Suite 115. The office hosts a series of college orientations aimed at providing students with information they need to successfully complete a degree program in the college. College orientations are held in conjunction with the general UCF Orientations throughout the year. During college orientations, students will receive academic advisement and will register for classes. For specific information, please visit Undergraduate Student Services or contact the office at 407- 823-0010 or

General UCF Orientation

There are several different orientations available for students depending on the program they are beginning. Initially, all students are required by the university to attend a general UCF Orientation. Click here for more information.

General UCF orientations are tailored to the status of the student, such as freshman or transfer student, and they aim to help students transition to UCF. These sessions provide valuable information on such important topics as class schedules, immunizations requirements, financial aid and student services.

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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