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Study justice services abroad

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Justice Services 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.

Justice Services 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 justice services degrees

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Justice Services study abroad programs

Justice services undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in justice services

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    Criminal Justice - BA Brescia University College, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,084 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,929 CAD

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

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,309 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

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    Criminal Justice - BA California State University, San Bernardino, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,722 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,722 USD

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    Criminal Justice - BA/BSc Southern Utah University, USA
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    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,822 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,822 USD

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    Criminal Justice - BA/BSc Stephen F. Austin State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,564 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,564 USD

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Associate in justice services

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    Criminal Justice - AA College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,048 USD

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    Criminal Justice - AASc Southern Utah University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,822 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,822 USD

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    Criminal Justice - AA Lake Land College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 USD

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    Criminal Justice - AA St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,688 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,688 USD

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    Criminal Justice - AASc Lane Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 USD

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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
    12,476 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

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    Criminal and Social Justice - UGDip College of the Rockies, Canada
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,090 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,700 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,689 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,440 CAD

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    Criminal Justice - Dip University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,299 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 CAD

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Certificate in justice services

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,976 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,559 CAD

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    Criminal and Social Justice - Cert College of the Rockies, Canada
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    10 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,090 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,700 CAD

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    Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Training Academy - Cert College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,048 USD

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    Criminal Justice - Cert College of the Desert, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,368 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,368 USD

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    Criminal Justice Studies - Cert Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,571 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

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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
    15,051 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,594 CAD

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    Criminal Justice - MA California State University, San Bernardino, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,404 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,404 USD

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    Criminal Justice - MCJ National University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,912 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,912 USD

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    Criminal Justice - MA Stephen F. Austin State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,564 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,564 USD

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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

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Doctorate in justice services

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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,695 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,750 GBP

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Diploma in justice services

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    Criminology and Criminal Justice - PGDip Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,161 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,746 NZD

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Future justice services 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.