Learn, thrive, and prepare for success with a degree for law enforcement and criminal court careers

Gain the knowledge and skills to serve your community with purpose and pursue careers in criminal courts, corrections, and law enforcement.

Marymount University’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program provides you with a comprehensive understanding of our complex legal system and topics that impact policing, corrections, and the court system. You’ll benefit from expert faculty members and hands-on learning experiences while studying just minutes from our nation’s capital—home to many criminal justice agencies and where reform and policy efforts take place. When you graduate with Marymount, you will have the tools and techniques to lead, protect, and serve communities in the Washington, D.C., area and beyond.

Now more than ever, we need well-trained and informed criminal justice experts. At Marymount, you will become a purpose-driven professional as you:

  • Study in the heart of the criminal justice profession

When you’re considering the question, “What jobs can a degree in Criminal Justice get you?,” know that our location close to Washington, D.C., will offer you ample opportunities to work with and learn from leaders in regional, state, and national criminal justice agencies. Specifically, our proximity to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will provide you with a springboard to many career options.

  • Learn from faculty with expertise that spans the field

Our Criminal Justice faculty hold specialized knowledge and skills in administration, justice, law, public policy, society, and sociology. Not only do they have extensive backgrounds in law enforcement and judicial and research agencies, they also routinely publish in academic and professional journals and present scholarly papers at national and international conferences.

  • Thrive within a criminal justice living-learning community

At Marymount, our Criminal Justice students can live on the same dorm floor together as part of a living-learning community. You’ll also be able to participate in extracurricular activities together, including discussions, viewing films, networking events, and visits to local agencies and museums.

  • Gain added experience through internships

All students are required to take part in an internship, and recent graduates have interned at the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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