Criminal Justice

Learn to create a more just future

Welcome to the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where we prepare students to make a difference in the world. We offer a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Our B.S. Criminal Justice curriculum and Criminal Justice master’s program are designed to give you the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to succeed in the criminal justice field. We cover a wide range of topics, from law enforcement to criminology to justice administration. We also prioritize the development of critical skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication.

We believe that a diverse, inclusive learning environment is essential for preparing students to work in the real world. Our faculty are experienced professionals who are committed to creating a supportive and welcoming environment for all students. We also have strong partnerships with agencies and organizations that give our students valuable real-world experience. Join us on this journey as we shape a more just and secure future together.

Explore Criminal Justice Degrees at UMES

Our undergraduate and graduate programs offer a comprehensive curriculum, hands-on learning opportunities, and a commitment to excellence. We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), which ensures high academic standards and recognition of our commitment to quality education.

Our programs emphasize critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and the practical skills needed to thrive in the criminal justice profession. With a focus on real-world applications and innovative approaches, our programs provide the foundation for a successful future in this vital field.

Whether you choose to major in Criminal Justice, pursue a minor in a related field, or advance your studies through our graduate programs, you will benefit from a supportive and engaging learning environment, expert faculty, and a range of specialized courses tailored to your interests.

We believe that you have the potential to make a difference in the world, and we are committed to helping you achieve your goals. Join us on this journey and shape a more just and secure future.

Undergraduate program:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Graduate program:

  • Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Student Life in Criminal Justice at UMES

Whether you are earning a master’s degree in Criminal Justice or a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, student life in the Department of Criminal Justice at UMES is a vibrant and engaging experience that will challenge and inspire you to grow as a person and a professional.

Our department encourages active involvement in student clubs and organizations that focus on criminal-justice-related interests. These clubs provide a platform for networking, community engagement, and leadership development. Our students also have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including dedicated classrooms, research labs, and simulation environments that replicate real-world scenarios.

Located in a region rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, UMES offers a unique setting where you can explore the intersections of theory and practice in the context of a diverse, dynamic community.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved in student life at UMES:

  • Join a student club or organization, such as the Criminal Justice Club, the Criminology Club, or the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice.
  • Participate in research projects with our faculty members.
  • Volunteer in your community.
  • Attend our departmental events, such as our annual Criminal Justice Conference and our guest speaker series.

No matter what your interests are, you’re sure to find a way to get involved and make a difference at UMES. We offer a wide range of opportunities for personal and professional growth, and we’re committed to helping you reach your full potential.

Learn More about Paying for UMES

We understand that financial challenges can be a barrier to higher education, and we are committed to making sure that no student is denied an education because of their financial circumstances.

Our department offers a variety of financial assistance opportunities for those earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice or a master’s degree in Criminal Justice, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs. We also have a dedicated financial aid office that can help you navigate the process of applying for and securing financial aid. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams, regardless of their financial background. With our help, you can achieve your goals and make a difference in the world.

Available Careers in Criminal Justice

We prepare graduates to excel in a variety of roles and sectors, from law enforcement to corrections to legal services. With the knowledge and skills acquired through our curriculum, you will be equipped to address the complex challenges of the criminal justice system.

Whether you want to make a difference in your community as a police officer, help rehabilitate offenders as a corrections officer, or fight for justice as a lawyer, a Criminal Justice degree from UMES will give you the tools you need to succeed. At UMES, we believe that everyone has the potential to make a difference in the world. We are committed to helping you reach your full potential and achieve your goals, whether you are enrolled in our B.S. Criminal Justice program or our Criminal Justice master’s program.

Take the Next Step

Are you ready to join us to make a difference in the criminal justice system? Get started on your Criminal Justice master’s program or B.S. in Criminal Justice today! Contact us or apply today!

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