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Criminal Justice

Education for real world success.

You have a heart for service to the community—and we have the heart to see you succeed. NAU’s Criminal Justice programs provide you with the skills necessary to make insightful decisions in the field and prepare you to join the ranks of public servants in your community.

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And with active law enforcement officers teaching many of our courses—you’ll receive the foundations you need combined with real world experience in the field.

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Careers in Criminal Justice

*Source: National Center for O*NET Development. O*NET OnLine.

  • Private Detectives and Investigators
  • Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance
  • Correctional Officers

There are a number different opportunities in the Criminal Justice field. Above, are just a few of some of these unique careers.

State certification agencies and individual police departments will have additional criteria that must be meet before a candidate can become a certified or licensed law enforcement officer. Please review the criteria with the agency or department of interest. NAU is not a Minnesota POST Board Certified Professional Peace Officer Education Program.  Without reciprocity, students in Minnesota are not eligible to sit for the licensing exam upon completion of an NAU Bachelor of Science/Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree programs.


“My life prior to receiving my degree seemed an uphill battle.  I worked many years in law enforcement and gained a lot of experience but it seemed as though I was always stopped from getting promoted because I didn’t have a college degree.” Lieutenant McCall contacted NAU to help him get started on his educational journey. Now working for the Dallas County Sheriff Department, Lieutenant McCall says the hard work he put into earning his degree has paid off. “Once I received my degree, I was promoted to Lieutenant and now I supervise undercover detectives, traffic deputies, and administrative staff. Lastly, I am able to look my daughters in the eyes and tell them to get their education because it pays off, financially, emotionally, and spiritually.”

*Program offerings vary by location. Contact your local campus for more information!