Students interested in reserving your spot at Point Park University for Fall 2022 should pay a tuition deposit by August 1. Paying your deposit allows you to take advantage of class registration and housing options.
Our criminal justice major is based upon the enforcement of the law, detection of crimes, investigation of crimes, prosecution of offenders and eventual sentencing of individuals convicted in the criminal justice system.
Unlike many other criminal justice programs which are centered in psychology or sociology, Point Park University's criminal justice curriculum is based upon the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act and integrates social sciences, behavioral sciences and humanities as part of its interdisciplinary program.
Our University's Downtown Pittsburgh location makes it easy for judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and law enforcement officers to teach here. And there is no shortage of invaluable, career-focused internships and observations — from serving at Renewal, Inc., to meeting professionals from local Secret Service and FBI offices.
Tuition Discount for Law Enforcement Professionals
We are offering a 20 percent tuition discount to law enforcement professionals (full or part-time municipal, county or state police and public safety employees) who are accepted into our on-campus B.S. in criminal justice program. Learn more about our tuition discount programs.
Courses & Topics
You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park University's core curriculum and classes in the criminal justice major.
Some of the courses include:
Evolution of Policing
Federal Law Enforcement
Corrections, Probation and Parole
Transnational Criminal Activities
Forensic Evidence I and II
Faculty bring industry experience to the classroom
Courses are taught by faculty who are passionate, experienced practitioners. The criminal justice program also features an active advisory board comprised of University faculty and working criminal justice professionals who designed the innovative curriculum.
Point Park University's criminal justice program prepares students for positions as professionals in more than 50 career fields related to criminal justice.
These career choices are essential to the functioning of a democratic society because they prevent crime, protect life and property, uphold citizens' rights, safeguard civil rights, enforce laws and maintain social order.
Criminal justice graduates can pursue various career opportunities at the federal, state, county, city and township levels, such as:
State and Local Policing
Federal Law Enforcement
Learn about where our criminal justice graduates have gone on to build their careers.
"I enjoyed the talented professors at Point Park and how they were willing to help you with projects and took on a true hands-on approach. They were very nurturing so you never felt like you were just a number in a classroom."
Friday, May 20, 2022
"There is so much value in Point Park’s criminal justice and intelligence programs. The subject matter is comprehensive, relevant and captivating. The faculty have a wide range of career backgrounds, from working in field operations to being highly-educated scholars. Students have access to endless volunteer, internship and career opportunities."
Monday, April 18, 2022
"I think what sets a degree from Point Park apart from other universities is that the professors have decades of practical experience in criminal justice fields. Additionally, Point Park offers smaller class sizes and professors truly get to know each student."
Friday, November 5, 2021
Students in several criminal justice and forensic science classes learned about summer internship and job opportunities available at the Ocean City Police Department as Officers Justin Koser and Yovanny Ramirez visited Point Park University's campus to discuss seasonal openings for police officers, public safety aids and 911 communication operators.