Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice Administration

Our two-year, bachelor’s completion degree program in criminal justice administration develops your knowledge, insight and skills to be more effective leaders in your jobs — and communities. This prepares you for career changes, job promotions or graduate school.

Designed for working professionals who already have experience in criminal justice and want to advance their careers, the criminal justice BAAS degree program awards 12 to 33 academic credits for previous professional training in the field, including some military training.

We integrate professional practice with academic research to provide a unique, applied perspective on the criminal justice system. The coursework is available in face-to-face, online, hybrid and accelerated formats for flexibility in earning your bachelor’s degree. You can also specialize in crime analysis with a professional certificate.

What is Criminal Justice?

A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration can lead to higher salaries and job promotions for program graduates. It can also provide a direct pathway to graduate school programs, such as Tarleton’s Master’s in Criminal Justice, and career advancement.

Guided by our Advisory Board of criminal justice professionals, we respond to the changing criminal justice system to help meet our students’ academic and professional needs, as well as the needs of your communities.

What Can You Do With Your Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration?

Our criminal justice administration majors graduate with practical knowledge and leadership skills. A criminal justice administration BAAS degree can open up opportunities for career advancement, as well as new job opportunities in a variety of fields, including jobs and careers with law enforcement, the judicial system and law, social services, education and business.

Our graduates are prepared for mid-level jobs in criminal justice administration, such as:

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Security Consultant
  • Parole Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • FBI Agent
  • Private Investigator

Estimated Completion

120 credit hours (2-4 years)

*Minimum 30 hours must be done at Tarleton

Application Process


Locations Available

1Admission to the off-campus locations such as Fort Worth, Midlothian, Waco, and Online requires a minimum of 24 transferable credit hours, a 2.0 GPA and that a student be TSI complete.



Many of our graduates choose to earn an advanced degree in law school or graduate studies. The Department of Criminal Justice also offers a Master of Criminal Justice degree and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice for a seamless and direct pathway to a successful, long-term career in criminal justice. Some of our graduates earn a Master of Public Administration degree, also available at Tarleton.

Careers in Criminal Justice Administration

Criminal justice BAAS graduates are highly motivated: 98% of them are employed or planning to attend graduate school.

How Much Do Criminal Justice Administration Graduates Make?

The majority of criminal justice BAAS graduates earn $60,000 or more, with several earning over $100,000.

Why Major in Criminal Justice?

Our small class sizes create an intimate, student-focused learning environment that fosters critical thinking, creativity and technological expertise.

What Classes Will You Take as a Criminal Justice Major?

Designed in collaboration with criminal justice field experts, our broad curriculum encompasses a variety of components within the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, homeland security, criminal law and crime analysis. Explore topics in criminal justice supervision and management, community corrections, criminal justice statistics, criminal investigation, forensic science, homeland security, serial killers and more.

View all required classes for the criminal justice administration bachelor’s degree.


How Do You Get Started on Your Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration?

Take the next step toward earning your bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration. We have the resources to help you get started.

Coursework Highlight

ClassNumberClass Name
GEOG3312Economic Geography
BCIS3333C# Programming
GEOG3352Introduction to Crime Mapping
BCIS4301Database Theory and Practice
GEOG4450Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GEOG4451Applied Remote Sensing


School of Criminology

School of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Strategic Studies offers five undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as a variety of complementary minors, through the departments of Public Administration and Criminal Justice.

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