Which will you pick

Bachelor of Science

  • criminal justice major

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's

  • Bachelor of Science (criminal justice major); Master of Arts (criminal justice major)
  • Bachelor of Science (criminal justice major); Master of Science in Intelligence Analysis
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Systems (cybersecurity major); Master of Science
    in Intelligence Analysis

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Arts (criminal justice major)
  • Master of Science in Intelligence Analysis
  • Master of Science (security administration major)

Criminal Justice

University of Detroit Mercy's criminal justice program provides a top caliber education to all students by utilizing the latest research, providing the most full-time and adjunct instructors who are top in their field, using innovative classroom practices and by providing exceptional experiential opportunities. Our goal is to prepare you to be a skilled and ethical criminal justice and security administration leader.

Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

As an undergraduate student, you could earn your Bachelor of Science with a major in criminal justice or you could select from a range of plans that allow you to go from bachelor's to master's in only five years. For graduate students, we offer a master's degrees in criminal justice, intelligence analysis and security administration.

 

Your career in criminal justice starts with your degree at Detroit Mercy

University of Detroit Mercy's Bachelor of Science with a major in criminal justice prepares you to work in a wide variety of public and private careers at progressive levels of responsibility. These careers can include Federal, state and local policing; government regulatory agencies; private investigation and private security; and careers in corrections including parole and probation as well as institutional corrections. If you are planning to attend law school, a criminal justice major can also provide you with an excellent foundation.

Criminal justice is an interdisciplinary area that draws much of its content from law, psychology, political science and sociology. Our criminal justice curriculum makes you aware of the key issues, concepts and theories involved in understanding the operation of the criminal justice system. With this knowledge, students are taught to analyze the practical issues and controversies of the field. Problem solving, the ability to make discriminating judgments and the application of theory to practice are key skills that you will develop in this program.

Degree Requirements

To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University core curriculum, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

Requirements for the Major

48 Credit Hours

  • Required core courses
CJS 1300 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits
CJS 1310 Introduction to Corrections 3 credits
CJS 2500 Police Administration 3 credits
CJS 3950 Criminal Investigation 3 credits
CJS 4100 Criminal Law 3 credits
CJS 4150 Juvenile Justice 3 credits
CJS 4200 Evidence and Criminal Procedure 3 credits
CJS 4510 Criminology and Penology 3 credits
CJS 4540 Sociology of Deviant Behavior 3 credits
CJS 4920 Senior Seminar: Theory and Research
in Criminal Justice
3 credits
  • Required supportive courses
PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
POL 1000 or POL 2100 Introduction to Political Science,
or American Politics
3 credits
SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
  • Two elective courses

  • Field experience

Accelerate your career starting with your freshman year or as a transfer student

University of Detroit Mercy's accelerated program will take ambitiously driven, career-minded students from a bachelor's degree to a master's degree in only five years!

Want to learn more? Click on the 5-year tab at the top of this page to learn more about our two options to supercharge your criminal justice education.

Where could you be in 5 years?

For ambitious, driven and career-minded incoming freshmen, University of Detroit Mercy offers two options to increase your knowledge and skills as a full-time student for 10 semesters (5 academic years) before entering the workforce:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Systems (cybersecurity major); Master of Science in Intelligence Analysis
  • Bachelor of Science (criminal justice major); Master of Science in Intelligence Analysis
  • Bachelor of Science (criminal justice major); Master of Arts (criminal justice major)

Look at your next 5 years!
  First Year 36 undergraduate credits
  Second Year 36 undergraduate credits
  Third Year 36 undergraduate credits
  Fourth Year  
  First Semester: 9-12 undergraduate credits
  6 graduate credits
  Second Semester: 9-12 undergraduate credits
  6 graduate credits
  Fifth Year
  First Semester: 9-12 graduate credits
      Second Semester: 9-12 graduate credits including Capstone course, if required
In order to complete both the bachelor's and master's degrees in five years, you must:
  • Be very well prepared as an incoming freshman or transfer student;
  • Satisfy all the admission criteria (see below); and
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA at Detroit Mercy, in order to take graduate level courses while still an undergraduate.

This program allows incoming freshmen to complete both the bachelor's and master's degrees by being a full-time student for 5 academic years (10 consecutive semesters). Juniors at UDM and transfer students may be admitted into the program with the permission of the department and Dean’s office.


 Admission into the Program

Qualifications for the accelerated programs for new freshmen are:
• Enter the accelerated/5-year option as a full-time incoming freshman;
• Have a high school ACT composite score of 24, with a minimum of 22 in each section;
• Have a high school grade point average of 3.4 overall on a 4.0 point scale; and
• Place into appropriate-level freshmen math and writing courses at UDM.

Qualifications for the accelerated programs for juniors and transfer students are:
• Receive program and Dean's Office approval;
• Can transfer in up to first term as a junior;
• Have a minimum GPA of 3.25; and
• Have a minimum of 72 credits.

Program Requirements
• Must maintain full-time status throughout undergraduate and graduate segments
• All undergraduate and graduate requirements must be met
• May take up to four graduate classes in the senior year
• May experience different financial aid packages for onsite and online graduate programs

How it Works—Save Time and Money
The student pays full-time undergraduate tuition during the first four years and regular graduate tuition for the fifth year. One economic benefit to the student is that the cost of the first 12 graduate credits (2 courses in the Fall and 2 courses in the Winter) has been covered by the normal undergraduate tuition meaning that no additional costs are incurred in the fourth-year-full-time tuition rate. Since the graduate program will be reduced by the 4 graduate courses taken while an undergraduate student, the graduate program can be done faster and more economically. Certain financial aid benefits are also applied to the entire 5-year program usually resulting in more cost-savings.


The student MUST maintain full-time status during the first three years. Depending on the program and the student’s incoming record such as AP Credits, full-time status usually means 15-18 credit-hours per semester. This will result in the student having 102-108 credits entering the senior year. During the senior year, the student must remain full-time, finishing their undergraduate degree while taking up to 12 credits of graduate work. A maximum of 12 graduate credits are allowed in the undergraduate portion of the program (6 credits in fall and 6 in winter). For freshmen, this program MUST be completed in five years from start to finish. If the student does not finish within the five years, then the program reverts to the costs associated with earning a master's degree outside of the five-year program and other financial aid benefits may be lost. Students who transfer into the program MUST maintain full-time status until the completion of the program.

Protect and Serve

University of Detroit Mercy's Master of Science in Intelligence Analysis builds on traditional courses in the areas of criminal justice and security administration, where the topics of crime foreseeability, threat analysis, crime prevention through environmental design and offender behavior are central. The degree is a 33 credit hour graduate program.  It is ideal for individuals looking to advance their career in this area, as well as for members of the military.

Meeting U.S. Government Demand

This master's program is designed to help meet U.S. government demand for more specialists in the area of intelligence analysis to assist in the tasks of homeland security in the face of threats from global terrorism.

Border City Location

As a major border city, one which has the highest volume of commercial traffic with a foreign country of any U.S. city, the Detroit-Windsor area is uniquely located to provide corporate, local law enforcement, and national government opportunities, issues, and situations relevant to intelligence analysis.

Forecasting Risk

The field of intelligence analysis uses "open intelligence" information to provide forecasts of risks and benefits to guide governmental, law enforcement, and private industry decision making.

These forecasts involve use of available data and news sources to analyze crime patterns, security threats, possible terrorist targets, and other relevant societal trends.


Program Requirements

33 Credit Hours

  • Six required core courses
INT 5000* Research Methods in Intelligence
3 credits
INT 5010 Spatial Analysis and Mapping 3 credits
INT 5020 Terrorism: Theory and Practice
3 credits
INT 5030 Homeland Security and Threat Assessment 3 credits
INT 5040 Roots of 21st Century Conflict 3 credits
INT 5050 Intelligence Acquisition 3 credits
INT 5980* Capstone Project for Intelligence Analysis
3 credits
  • One course from the following:
INT 5100 Policy Analysis and Strategy Creation (Federal Enforcement) 3 credits
INT 5110 Intelligence for Private Security: Critical Infrastructure Protection 3 credits
INT 5120 Profiling and Behavioral Forecasting (Crime Analysis) 3 credits
INT 5420 Leadership and Behavior in Organizational Intelligence 3 credits
INT 5770 Intelligence Led Policing
3 credits
  • Two courses from selected electives in the catalog
  • One elective from INT, CJS, SEC, or MBA
  • *Project
    • A capstone project is required for degree completion. The project begins with INT 5000 (Research Methods in Intelligence) and concludes with INT 5980 (Capstone Project for Intelligence Analysis) which is taken in your final semester. Your project MUST be completed at the end of INT 5980.

Click here for courses and admissions requirements from the University of Detroit Mercy catalog.

 

Deepen your knowledge of criminal justice:
Take your career further

The Master of Arts with a major in criminal justice is designed for you, as a professional worker (law enforcement, corrections officers, security personnel) and others who desire to further their knowledge of the criminal justice system and its related disciplines. This program will provide you with an opportunity to broaden and deepen your perspective in the criminal justice profession. Problem solving, leadership, critical thinking, and the prudent application of theory to practice are skills that the program is designed to foster. It is developed to meet the need for specialized training for criminal justice suited to its unique functions. Students interested in a generalist's approach to criminal justice will find the course of study appropriate. Law enforcement and corrections personnel acquire a broad background in administrative theory and current concerns of the criminal justice system.

The course of study can be pursued on a full- or part-time basis. Close faculty-student contact is maintained to assist each student in formulating realistic individual objectives and in selecting course work to attain them. Program arrangements are flexible so that individual needs can be served. At least 50 percent of students are employed full-time, often in the field they are pursuing. Course scheduling and specific, individualized programs are designed to take advantage of students' backgrounds and to permit students to pursue the master's degree at the pace most reasonable to themselves. The program is designed for late afternoon and evening students.


Program Requirements

36 Credit Hours

  • Seven required core courses
CJS 5000 Research Methodology 3 credits
CJS 5400 or CJS 5410 Criminal Justice Process & Criminal Law or Trends in Constitutional Law 3 credits
CJS 5550 Deviance and Social Control 3 credits
CJS 5700 Socialization and Social Control 3 credits
CJS 5800 Theory of Law Enforcement 3 credits
CJS 5850 Seminar in Criminology 3 credits
CJS 5970 Justice Seminar 3 credits
  • One of the following research components:
    • Six credit master's thesis
    • Two major review papers, which do not convey course credit
    • Three credit master's research paper
  • Three to five elective courses from CJ, SEC, or INT to complete the thirty-six hour requirement
  • Master's essay to be completed in the last semester of the program

Click here for courses and admissions requirements from the UDM catalog.

Manage Security in Public or Private Enterprise

University of Detroit Mercy's Master of Science with a major in Security Administration is designed for those interested in a management career in the security profession. It provides an opportunity to broaden and deepen your perspective in the administration of security programs. Problem solving, leadership, critical thinking and the prudent application of theory to practice are skills that the program is designed to foster. The degree coursework in business, criminal justice and security provides an opportunity to develop the substantive and procedural knowledge required of the modern security manager in either public service or private enterprise.

The course of study can be pursued on a full- or part-time basis. Furthermore, a three-semester sequence has been arranged within the academic year to provide an occasion for expediting the completion of program requirements. Close faculty-student contact is maintained to assist each student in formulating realistic individual objectives and in selecting course work to attain them. Program arrangements are flexible so that individual needs can be served. More than 50 percent of students enrolling in the two graduate programs are employed full-time, often in the field they are pursuing. Course scheduling and specific, individualized programs are designed to take advantage of student's backgrounds and to permit students to pursue the master's degree at the pace most reasonable to themselves. All programs may be taken in the late afternoon and/or late evening, full or part-time.


Program Requirements

36 Credit Hours

  • Six required courses
CJS 5000 Research Methodology 3 credits
CJS 5970 Justice Seminar 3 credits
SEC 5020 Principles of Loss Prevention 3 credits
SEC 5040 Comparative Security 3 credits
SEC 5950 Computer and Information Security 3 credits
INT 5420 Leadership and Behavior in Organizational Intelligence 3 credits
  • One course from the following:
CJS 5400 Criminal Justice Process & Criminal Law 3 credits
CJS 5410 Trends in Constitutional Law 3 credits
SEC 5010 Legal Issues in Security 3 credits
  • One of the following research components with a grade of B or better:
    • Six credit master's thesis
    • Two major review papers, which do not convey course credit
    • Three credit master's research paper
  • Two elective courses in SEC
  • One elective course in CJS
  • Up to two additional electives from appropriate graduate departments to complete the thirty-six credit hour requirement
  • Master's essay to be completed in the last semester of the program

Click here for courses and admissions requirements from the UDM catalog.

Need more information BEFORE you apply?

Use the form below or contact the department chair: Robert Homant, Ph.D., department chair, at 313-578-0362 | homantr@udmercy.edu

Are You Ready to Apply?

To apply for any of our programs, please visit the University of Detroit Mercy Admissions page here:

http://www.udmercy.edu/apply/online/index.htm

Because our apply page needs to accommodate all of our applicants in the disciplines that UDM offers, it may seem a bit confusing at first. To help you navigate the admissions process, we encourage you to communicate with an admissions counselor by phone at 800-635-5020 or by email at admissions@udmercy.edu.