This program is intended for individuals who have baccalaureate degrees in sociology, psychology, or criminal justice, or who are currently working in an area of criminal justice.

The number of career opportunities in the field of criminal justice is unprecedented.  The demand for university-educated personnel is a result of society’s rapidly evolving political and social changes, which reflect a renewed interest in and a need for effective administration of the nation’s criminal justice system.  There are many areas of expertise within the broad scope of the criminal justice field.  This graduate program concentration addresses not only the pedagogy of criminal justice, but also the fundamentals of managerial science as applied in a criminal justice setting.  Students will learn to recognize and resolve policy decisions and management issues regarding law enforcement, courts, and corrections.

The focus of the program is to educate professionals in both the theory and the application of criminal justice, and in the administration and management of criminal justice agencies.  Faculty members within the department continually strive to develop students’ abilities for critical thinking and analytical reasoning.

Program Format

The program is delivered to the student in an online format, which requires consistent university-level writing and communication via the student’s personal computer. All assignments are presented online, and no hard copy materials need to be sent by mail. The degree requires no traveling, and is completed in its entirety at the student’s preferred place of learning.


See Tuition and Fees page for cost details. All PSJH caregivers, benefits-eligible spouses or partners, and dependents are eligible for special tuition rates for eligible programs offered at the University of Providence.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application for admission. There is a $50 application fee for graduate programs (to be paid at the time of application submission via the online application portal). If you are a University of Providence or UGF alum, please contact us to inquire about an application fee waiver.
  2. Students must submit fficial transcripts to University of Providence verifying a completed bachelor’s degree. Additional transcripts from other undergraduate coursework completed may be requested for admission review if a minimum 3.00 GPA was not achieved from the degree granting university.
    Ask that transcripts be sent directly to:
    Admissions Office
    University of Providence
    1301 20th Street South
    Great Falls MT 59405
  3. Upload a personal statement to the application portal addressing the following: In one page, please explain how this degree program will benefit you personally and professionally in your current and/or future career.
  4. Upload a current resume to the application portal.


For more information, contact the Admissions Office/Argo Central: