Criminal Justice (BA-MS)

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Why Criminal Justice?

Policies and laws exist in our society to keep order. Effective leaders who understand, investigate and enforce these rules and standard keep communities running smoothly.

The criminal justice field offers many paths where you can customize your career based on your interests: law enforcement, probation & parole services, justice administration, criminology, community services, corrections, victims’ services and more.

Why Study Criminal Justice at Iona?

With our combined BA/MS, you will demonstrate your commitment to the field of criminal justice and position yourself as a strong candidate for leadership roles.

You will be taught by outstanding faculty members who are actively engaged and sought-after experts in the field. You will work alongside them in hands-on criminal justice research and be connected to their network of industry professionals who can help you in your career.

Iona is committed to preparing students not only for successful careers, but to contribute to a more just world.

What You'll Learn

You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the field of Criminal Justice and the skills to investigate and enforce the rules and laws that keep communities running smoothly.

You’ll explore the root causes of crime, law enforcement policies, correctional institutions and the court system. You'll focus on timely issues such as corporate and white-collar crime, profiling violent crime and victimology, environmental crime and species justice, organized crime, and terrorism.

You will also gain the communication and technology skills necessary to access, analyze and share information in a multi-faceted criminal justice arena, and you will develop leadership skills that will give you an advantage in your job search.

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Iona made me who I am today. I will forever be grateful for the friends made, contacts I’ve kept, and in general the home that it gave me for four years.

Genesis Mojica '20, '21MS, NYPD
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Careers & Outcomes

Criminal Justice graduates go on to serve justice in many different ways. Our graduates have been handpicked to work in federal and local agencies, serving as police commissioners and high-ranking federal agents.

Our Graduate are Serving as:

  • Deputy Sheriffs
  • Crime Analysts
  • Law Enforcement Officers at city, state and federal levels
  • Domestic Violence Victim Advocates
  • Fraud Analysts
  • Prevention Family Specialists
  • Community-based Corrections Officers


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Bethany Gracer

The Criminal Justice study abroad trip to the Netherlands was a great experience. We learned about international criminal justice policies compared to the U.S. The experience in the field and the bonds I made with students and professors is unforgettable.

Bethany Gracer '20

Program Highlights

Faculty Experts

Our faculty are experienced professionals and sought-after experts on criminal justice topics. Agencies such as the NYPD seek the expertise of our faculty, and many have appeared on the news as expert sources. You will be working with some of the best!

Valuable Internships

You will have valuable internship opportunities at over 100 local, state, federal agencies as well as law offices, including U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshals Service, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, state and local policy agencies, victim services, county jails and mental health units.

Thriving Community

You will be part of an active community with opportunities to participate in community service, our Criminal Justice Club, the American Criminal Justice Association, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society and more!

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Application Requirements

Current Iona students with sophomore standing and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher may apply for dual degree programs here.

Prospective students interested in pursuing a dual degree program are encouraged to apply for admission via Common App or contact Iona’s Admissions team to learn more.

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