Serve your community by keeping it safe. Now more than ever before, the world needs committed and capable criminal justice personnel. With a degree from AUM’s program of Criminal Justice, you’ll be qualified for a variety of criminal justice jobs at the local, state, and federal level. You’ll take at least one course from each of the specialization options – law enforcement, courts, corrections, juvenile justice, homeland security, emergency management, and security administration. You may also elect the Legal Studies track, where you can earn an American Bar Association Paralegal Certificate, qualifying you to work as a legal assistant.
Points of Pride
- The Department Head is an experienced former Deputy Chief of Police of a Southern California Police Department.
- Our full-time faculty have published scholarly books and numerous peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals, including Criminal Justice Studies, Police Quarterly, International Journal of Police Science & Management, Homicide Studies, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and Criminology & Penology.
- Our full-time faculty have presented papers at annual conferences such as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the American Society of Criminology.
- All of our legal studies faculty members are lawyers who continue to practice law.
Put Your Degree to Work
Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.
At any given time there are 2,400 law enforcement jobs available. This means that if you want a job when you graduate, there will be one waiting for you. You can explore potential available careers through the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The job outlook for criminal justice occupations is expected to be about average from 2014 to 2024, growing 5 percent and adding 64,000 jobs. The most recent median annual wage for criminal justice occupations was $76,860 – more than twice the median annual wage for all occupations.