Students interested in reserving your spot at Point Park University for Fall 2023 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:
Corrections, Probation and Parole
Evolution of Policing
Federal Law Enforcement
Forensic Evidence I and II
Transnational Criminal Activities
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:
Federal Law Enforcement
State and Local Policing
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, February 24, 2023
Officers from the Supreme Court of the U.S. Police Department visited Point Park University to share job opportunities and information about joining the police force with students majoring in criminal justice, forensic science and intelligence and national security.
Friday, February 3, 2023
"The connections and resources that Point Park offers are helping me prepare for my career. The faculty, especially the criminal justice professors, have real-life experience and often share those experiences with students. I've utilized the Professional Career-Readiness Center since junior year, which has helped me connect with potential employers and find internships."
Monday, October 24, 2022
"I would recommend Point Park to a prospective student because of its distinctive learning opportunities. Point Park’s small class sizes and experienced professors set you up with a unique chance to gain an excellent comprehension of your field before you even begin your career. By choosing Point Park, you set yourself up to be successful in your chosen field."