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Study justice services abroad

An in-depth guide to studying justice services as an international student.

Criminal justice degrees abroad

A degree in criminal justice is designed to give you an understanding of crime and the criminal justice system. Most programs have a multi-discipline approach covering subjects like criminology, sociology, psychology, social policy and law.

New technologies and changing societal issues have meant that crime has evolved. As a criminal justice student, you’ll study the causes of crime, criminal behavior and how to combat crime. This knowledge will set you up for a career safeguarding the public, supporting victims, protecting the vulnerable, and helping to rehabilitate offenders.

Studying criminal justice abroad means you’ll get to see how different societies and systems approach crime. You can study criminal justice in a number of countries around the world, including the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Criminal justice program structure

You can study criminal justice at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As an undergraduate you can study a BSc or BA over three of four years, depending on the program and university. The two programs are usually very similar, but the BA may focus more on social subjects and the BSc could include more science-based modules.

Many universities offer criminal justice degree programs that are combined with another subject, like criminology, law or policing. In the US, you will usually study criminal justice as a major subject alongside other minor concentrations and general studies.

As a graduate, you can study a master’s degree in criminal justice over one or two years, and after this you can choose to study for a doctorate in the form of a PhD or MPhil. Postgraduate programs are often offered in specialist areas of criminal justice and usually focus on research.

Teaching on a criminal justice program will usually be made up of lectures, seminars and workshops, but will also include field trips and the chance to spend time in placements. Most programs will be made up of core modules you have to take, and several electives you can choose to tailor your degree. Some of the most common modules include:

  • Crime and society
  • Criminology and social policy
  • Ethics and diversity in the justice system
  • The legal system
  • Police powers and the law
  • Contemporary debates in criminology
  • Youth justice
  • Research skills and project
Criminal justice program structure

You can study criminal justice at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As an undergraduate you can study a BSc or BA over three of four years, depending on the program and university. The two programs are usually very similar, but the BA may focus more on social subjects and the BSc could include more science-based modules.

Many universities offer criminal justice degree programs that are combined with another subject, like criminology, law or policing. In the US, you will usually study criminal justice as a major subject alongside other minor concentrations and general studies.

As a graduate, you can study a master’s degree in criminal justice over one or two years, and after this you can choose to study for a doctorate in the form of a PhD or MPhil. Postgraduate programs are often offered in specialist areas of criminal justice and usually focus on research.

Teaching on a criminal justice program will usually be made up of lectures, seminars and workshops, but will also include field trips and the chance to spend time in placements. Most programs will be made up of core modules you have to take, and several electives you can choose to tailor your degree. Some of the most common modules include:

  • Crime and society
  • Criminology and social policy
  • Ethics and diversity in the justice system
  • The legal system
  • Police powers and the law
  • Contemporary debates in criminology
  • Youth justice
  • Research skills and project

Types of criminal justice degrees

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Criminal justice study abroad programs

Justice services undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in justice services

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    Community Criminal Justice - BA (Hons)/BA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,099 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    January, September, May
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    Criminal Justice - BSc Indiana Wesleyan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,184 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,184 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Criminal Justice - BSc Midway University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,500 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Criminal Justice - BA Felician University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,750 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,750 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Criminal Justice - BA Monmouth University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    37,438 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,438 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Associate in justice services

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    Criminal Justice - ASc Southwestern Oregon Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,791 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,791 USD

    Start date
    September, June, March, January
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    Criminal Justice - AASc Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    September, August, June, February, January
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    Criminal Justice - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Criminal Justice - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Criminal Justice - AA Moraine Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,408 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,408 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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Diploma in justice services

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    Community and Justice Services - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,324 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Criminal and Social Justice (Vernon Campus) - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,547 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,440 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Criminal Justice - Dip University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,113 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Certificate in justice services

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    Community, Crime & Social Justice (CCSJ) - Cert Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,231 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,794 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Criminal Justice Studies - Cert Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,394 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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Justice services graduate programs

Master's in justice services

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    Communication and Social Justice - MA University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,869 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,594 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice - MA Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,973 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Criminal Justice - MCJ National University, USA
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,912 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,912 USD

    Start date
    June, December, November, October, September, August, July
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    Criminal Justice - MSc California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,800 USD

    Start date
    January
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    Criminal Justice - MA Monmouth University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,000 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Doctorate in justice services

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    Criminal Justice - PhD Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,164 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,164 USD

    Start date
    January
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    Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice - ProfDoc University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,726 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,750 GBP

    Start date
    October
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Future criminal justice careers

After graduation, you will have the skills necessary to pursue a career in the criminal justice sector. Graduates often find work in probation, prisons, policing or social work - here are some of the most common roles criminal justice students go into:

  • Community support officer
  • Probation officer
  • Prison officer
  • Social worker
  • Support worker
  • Police officer

For some roles, including becoming a police officer, you may need to do additional qualifications or testing before you can apply. If you know what career you want, make sure you choose a program that will give you the skills and qualifications you’ll need.