Criminal Justice Leadership

Step into Leadership as a Criminal Justice Professional

Urbana University’s Criminal Justice Leadership major is a blending of criminology and management at the undergraduate level. Courses provide you with an understanding of social behavior and human interaction and specialized knowledge in criminal justice. 

The Criminal Justice Leadership program is designed for those with an associate’s degree and significant work experience in the criminal justice or human service related systems. The result is an education securing the academic credentials you need to move into a leadership position in a human or social service organization, as well as in the criminal justice system.

Get a Great Criminal Justice Leadership Education at Urbana University

Urbana University offers a Criminal Justice degree program where professors take criminal justice theories and apply them to modern day criminal justice practice. And close communication with criminal justice system entities allows Urbana to create new classes or fine tune current offerings to maintain cutting-edge practices.

Core courses specific to the major meet for eight weeks, once a week, for four hours at our Beavercreek location so that you can balance your education around other responsibilities. 

Beavercreek location
3800 Pentagon Blvd, Suite 130
Beavercreek,OH 45431

Phone: (937)705-6924


Faculty Spotlight

Karen Benton

Karen Benton believes that criminal justice professors should have experience as criminal justice professionals in order to connect theories with practice. With over 20 years working in positions such as probation officer and director of Diversion Programming for Clark County Juvenile Court, Benton shows the importance of bringing the real world into the classroom.


Take on a Criminal Justice Administration Leadership Role

The field of criminal justice offers, a variety of career paths at local, state and federal levels. Employment opportunities can be found in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, security, victim advocacy, health and social service agencies and crime prevention.

Program Outcomes
  1. Students will demonstrate the knowledge necessary for employment

  2. Students will identify problems with diverse societal groups

  3. Students will recognize criminal justice theoretical underpinnings

  4. Students will identify work groups and interaction patterns of groups in an organization

  5. Students will describe the social, cultural, biological and psychological processes that impact and shape human growth and development

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree must present evidence of high school completion and a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests.

Satisfactory completion of a college preparatory curriculum is expected, which includes a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social science, one additional unit in English, mathematics or science, and four additional elective units, for a total of 16 or more units. Should the applicant’s preparation differ from the recommendation above, the applicant may be asked to supply additional information for review.

Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for those under 21 years of age. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum ACT score or high school cumulative GPA requirements listed below, may request consideration by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official high school transcript with a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized test results (if younger than 21 years old)
    • Minimum ACT score: 17
    • Minimum SAT score: 830

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally-accredited institution are required.

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