Finish what you started and advance your career in criminal justice.

Benerd College’s program in organizational leadership with a concentration in criminal justice is designed to give working adults the academic knowledge and skills to advance their careers within the field of criminal justice. It is also an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree if you have already earned some college credits.

Major Requirements

This program is not open to current Pacific students.

Entering students will ideally have at least 66 units of college coursework before entering the program, so that the additional 54 units of degree requirements will provide them with the 120 units total required for graduation. Students with fewer units may be admitted with the understanding that they will need to take additional courses beyond those required by the organizational leadership degree program to complete their graduation requirements.

Learning Outcomes

In consultation with professionals in the field, this program has been designed to provide you with skills and the degree needed to advance into leadership positions in criminal justice. Some of the careers you can pursue with this degree are:

  • Law enforcement
  • Victim services
  • Social services
  • Probation and parole
  • Corrections
  • Legal support

For transfer students, apply now at the link below.

Have a question about the degree? Send a request for more information.

Why Organizational Leadership?
  • Convenient class format: weekend/hybrid classes combined with online learning
  • Financial aid, including scholarships, available for working adults
  • Finish in as few as 20 months in an accelerated format and cohort-based programs
  • Eight-week accelerated course structure
Benerd students
Rudy Buenrostro-Corral ’23
Real-world insight

“This program has a great impact on my career. The courses have given me the professional tools to enhance my passion for guiding the youth during their reentry process. In less than 18 months, I have absorbed the principles which would have taken me years to learn. Also, I was able to discuss real-life situations with police officers and criminal justice advocates. Our panel discussions gave me the insight on what to expect after I graduate."

Rudy Buenrostro-Corral ’23
Juvenile reentry life coach and case manager
BS, Organizational Leadership with Concentration in Criminal Justice

Why a criminal justice concentration?
  • In over 50% of California agencies, applicants with a bachelor’s degree are more likely to be considered for a promotion to lieutenant (Gardiner, 2015)
  • In over 75% of California agencies, officers with a college degree earn higher wages (Gardiner, 2017)
  • Peace Officer Education and Age Conditions for Employment Act (AB 89 PEACE): This law going into effect in June 2023 will require new officers to be either 25 years of age or hold a bachelor’s degree.
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