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2023-2024 SGPP Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 SGPP Catalog and Student Handbook

Criminal Justice Leadership, B.S.

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Program Description

The criminal justice system involves many facets of society and its communities. Those who work within this broad system must be prepared to meet the needs of an ever-changing, complex, and diverse society. The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership program prepares students to work and advance within criminal justice arenas, such as law enforcement, public safety, private security, corrections, probation, the courts, policy development, etc. Students are prepared to respond to ever more diverse communities and their needs. Students learn to communicate and collaborate professionally and ethically, to consider the entire system when problem solving, and making short- and long-term decisions to improve the greater good. 

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership program are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Examine how various facets of the criminal justice system influence each other.
  2. Integrate effective and professional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills into daily practice.
  3. Examine decision-making processes and how they impact the broader web of the criminal justice system.
  4. Apply principles of leadership and management in order to empower others and foster collaboration.
  5. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  6. Demonstrate awareness, respect, adaptability, and inclusion for sociocultural diversity in an ever-changing criminal justice environment.
  7. Develop skills of critical and creative thinking, self-evaluation, and resilience to keep pace with a changing world.

Program Structure and Delivery

Courses in the program are delivered fully online.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 semester credits are required for graduation for the bachelor of science degree from Saint Mary’s University.  All students must meet the general education credit requirements.  A minimum of 36 credits is needed to complete the B.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership program.

Required Criminal Justice Courses 18 cr.
Required Capstone Course 3 cr.
Required Communication Courses 6 cr.
Required Management and Human Resource Courses 6 cr.
Elective Course 3 cr.
Total 36 cr.



The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to undergraduate certificate and degree programs at any time during the year and, if accepted, begin the program during any one of the three semesters. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful undergraduate coursework. Applicants must provide evidence of at least 30 transferable semester credits upon acceptance, including completion of a basic English composition course. Applicants may complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admission process.

Application Process

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel and their immediate family).
  2. All official transcripts issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from all previous institutions attended with a minimum of 30 transferable semester credits with a Basic English composition course.  (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).  Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( will also be accepted.

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404

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