What makes our program unique?

The criminal justice program is unique in that it is broad-based, and has a broad spectrum of expertise and real life work experience from the faculty. The academic offerings are designed to encompass current events and real situations – thus giving the student a more accurate assessment of the current world. Civic engagement, restorative justice, ethics and the ability for criminal justice students to work in the real world are strongly emphasized.

Learning Objectives

In the criminal justice program, students will:

  1. Advocate for crime victims.
  2. Investigate crimes.
  3. Identify processes and expectations of related fields.
  4. Assist juveniles in the juvenile justice system.
  5. Conduct social science research.
  6. Evaluate ethical social issues.
  7. Apply constitutional and criminal law in the justice system.
  8. Identify Social and Restorative Justice applications in real world applications.
  9. Evaluate current and upcoming criminal justice techniques and methods.

Career Preparation

Students may enter careers in law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, or private security, as well as pursue graduate studies in criminal justice, sociology, law and other human service disciplines.

Potential Career Opportunities Include:
  • Police
  • Law
  • Probation & Parole
  • Justice Administration
  • Government
  • Youth Worker
  • Law Enforcement
  • Security
  • Corrections
  • Social Work
  • Human Services
  • Victim Services and Advocate
  • Game Warden
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Property & Evidence Administration
  • Local, State, & federal positions
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Court and Non-Profit Administrative positions
  • Special Jurisdiction (FBI, ATF, CIA, etc.)


Associates of Science in Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Master of Science in Organizational Leadership: Criminal Justice


Criminal justice with concentrations in: law enforcement, corrections, forensic investigation, and natural resource management


Criminal Justice is available as a minor in conjunction with any major

Student Story

“I wanted to go into law enforcement because I really wanted to help people,” said Guderian. “I love the feeling that I get when I…when you can go out into the community and really make a difference in a person’s life.”
-Officer Cara Gudarian, 2016; read more here

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application for admission. There is a $50 application fee for graduate programs. If you are a University of Providence or UGF alum, please contact us to inquire about an application fee waiver.
  2. Request official transcripts from every school you’ve attended since high school. 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.


Gail Belfert
Bryan Slavik