About this Program

Undergraduate students may earn a  Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. While earning their bachelor's, students majoring in criminal justice have the chance to earn departmental honors. The departmental honors program is designed to provide undergraduate students who are excelling in their studies an opportunity for more advanced studies in their major field, including the opportunity to work independently with department faculty.

Program Highlights

  • UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS 1000+

  • FULL-TIME FACULTY 23

  • PH.D STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED 12

AT A GLANCE
Degree Level
Undergraduate
Degree Earned
B.A. or B.S.
Delivery Modes
On-Campus

Careers

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

$56,630 Median Salary

Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.

First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

$91,590 Median Salary

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.

Police Patrol Officers

$64,490 Median Salary

Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.

Social and Community Service Managers

$77,030 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.

Alumni Careers

Department of Juvenile Justice
Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Criminal Justice at ODU?
Students entering the B.A. or B.S. program in Criminal Justice should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.
  • Optional Items

    • Activity Resume 
    • 1-3 Letters of Recommendation 
    • Essay - 400 word maximum, topic of your choice 
    • Official AP test scores or Dual Enrollment Transcript 

For Admission to the Criminal Justice Program

GPA

3.00

TOEFL

paper based: 550, internet based: 79

IELTS score

6.5

Transfer

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful...

Cost

Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Non-Resident
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to ODU.
Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

Contact

Senior Lecturer

6006 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS
NORFOLK, 23529