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Criminal Justice Major

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice

MVNU’s Criminal Justice program goes beyond theory, featuring extensive opportunities for hands-on experience and a wide range of practical electives. Emphasis is placed on justice as a pursuit of ultimate restoration for offenders, victims, families, and communities, within an ethical framework that is focused on rehabilitation and redemption.

The program offers a selection of courses that prepare students to work in this highly diversified field, seeking justice for the perpetrators and victims of delinquent or criminal acts. This emphasis on restorative justice connects the program directly to the mission of service at the heart of MVNU.

You’ll be offered the opportunity to visit and study prisons and correctional facilities, spend a day with the Columbus SWAT team, participate in mock investigations and execute search warrants, and work closely with local authorities.


See what it takes to fight for justice through a Christ-centered lens. Explore courses designed to help you make a real difference.

Faith & learning at MVNU

As an intentionally Christian University, we integrate our faith into everything we do at MVNU. From prayer before class to exploring real-world moral and ethical dilemmas, we’ll teach you what it means to shine forth.


MVNU offers a number of fantastic travel and study afar programs designed to broaden your perspective, introduce you to new and exciting domestic and international cultures, and enhance your resume.

Service Learning:
  • Belize (Tropical Biology)
  • Swaziland
  • Haiti
  • Croatia, Austria & Hungary
  • Italy
  • Spain, Portugal & France
  • Greater Columbus Area
  • Orlando
  • San Francisco
  • New Orleans
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Guyana
  • Guatemala


Need a little help with finances? We’ve got you covered. Explore scholarships, grants, and other resources to help you pay for your education.

MVNU has many endowed scholarships available for students of a wide variety of backgrounds and majors.

Get the Facts

Career growth in this field varies based on specialty. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, protective service personnel have the potential to earn an annual salary of up to $94,020.

By the year 2029, employment for police officers, corrections officers, detectives, and other careers is expected to change at varying rates. The variance in growth rates means MVNU graduates have numerous opportunities to take advantage of in-demand occupations.

Up to $94,020 Annual Salary


MVNU’s Criminal Justice program has grown to become a popular major on campus, with excellent employment and graduate school outcomes for students.

With a Criminal Justice degree, you could pursue careers in: adult probation or parole; criminal and private investigations; juvenile probation, parole or corrections; community-based corrections; federal, state or local law enforcement; or institutional corrections. Or, you could go on to law school or seek an advanced degree in a criminal justice field.

Whatever path you choose, a degree from MVNU will prepare you to carry out your career ethically and successfully.


Work with youth and/or adults who are in a correctional institution, on probation, or parole and help them navigate the system.


Work with courts to sanction appropriate offenders in the community saving incarceration spaces for violent offenders.


Join federal, state or local law enforcement as you protect and serve in whatever capacity you’re called.


Join ranks with Homeland Security, fire departments, EMS professionals, and more and respond swiftly to crises.


Work with non-profit, faith-based, and even governmental agencies like the Red Cross, Amnesty International, or the U.S. Military and FEMA.


Help ensure business continuity, risk management, and compliance to ensure justice in the walls of an organization or the halls of government.

Group of confident and experienced investigators in formalwear discussing versions of murder or other crime by workplace
Police officer

Meet the Faculty

Learn from faculty members who know how to balance theory and practical application for a relevant, empowering, Christ-centered learning experience.

Professor Marc Hedrick

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Thad Hicks

Professor of Emergency Management & Criminal Justice

Dr. Colleen Bryan

Professor of Psychology

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