Criminal JusticeDegree Programs
Preparing students for leadership roles in public service
Madonna University’s Criminal Justice undergraduate degree programs have been at the forefront of preparing students for a wide variety of rewarding vital roles in public service. Through academic work, service learning, and internships, students learn essential modern-day criminal justice best practices and gain a confident grasp of professionalism, leadership, communication, interpersonal skills, and decision making.
Each of the program offerings provide knowledge and skills that develop students into confident, prepared, and community-focused professionals that promote excellence and leadership in their quest to protect and better the lives of those around them.
Madonna University offers four undergraduate paths that help you achieve your academic and professional goals in criminal justice. In addition to the traditional in-classroom format, the Criminal Justice degrees can also be pursued in a degree completion format 100% online, ensuring you have the flexibility and ease of access to fit within your scheduling needs.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice program helps students build expertise in legal process, human motivation, community relations, ethics, and investigative methods to ensure they have the well-rounded foundation for future professional success as leaders in the field. The major consists of 45 credits in addition to general education requirements. Additionally, the following Certificates of Completion are available to enhance the bachelor’s degree: Homeland Security, Private Security, Private Investigation, Animal Cruelty Investigation, Spanish for Law Enforcement, Forensic Psychology, or Forensic Accounting.
Explore the full degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.
Madonna’s Associate of Science (AS) in Criminal Justice is a two-year program that provides knowledge and skills in essential criminology and legal procedure concepts.
See the complete coursework for the Associate of Science in Criminal Justice.
Students looking to enhance or complement their undergraduate experience can pursue a minor in Criminal Justice, completing 21 credits in foundational criminology course topics.
Learn more about the Criminal Justice minor requirements.
The Certificate of Completion: Private Investigation program provides students with fundamental criminal justice knowledge and professional specialization in advanced investigative methods.
View the course requirements for the Private Investigation certificate.
Our professional faculty have extensive experience at all levels of the criminal justice system in federal, state, county, and local agencies. In fact, several are graduates of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Their mentorship and dedication to your success has the potential to deepen your understanding of course concepts and build your future professional network.
The breadth of the curricula for these programs exposes students to a wide range of cutting-edge and innovative developments in the criminal justice industries, and internships with local, state, and federal agencies give Madonna graduates an advantage in the workplace. Accordingly, graduates have the knowledge and hands-on skills to step into vital roles in professional service after completion of the programs.
Career opportunities include:
Going further, Criminal Justice graduates are prepared and ready for future leadership roles, evidenced by the more than 90 Criminal Justice alumni who have achieved Chief of Police or Director of Public Safety positions.
Students seeking admission into Madonna University’s Criminal Justice undergraduate programs need to submit the following items:
Learn more about the complete first-year student admission requirements, including more about what we look for in an applicant.
Madonna University’s Criminal Justice degree programs lay the foundation for a life of public service leadership promoting safety, strong community relations and partnerships, and communication among diverse populations. Ready to make a difference in your community? Request more information about our Criminal Justice programs or get started on your application today!
Scott Jackson started at Madonna University in the fall of 2012 as a criminal justice major. He participated in two professional internships. His dream of becoming a police officer was realized when he was hired by the Michigan State Police in 2014. As an alumnus, he continues to support and mentor students.
M.S.-T.C. Eastern Michigan University
B.S. Northern Michigan University
Assistant Chief of Police (Ret.) Novi Police Department
Graduate FBI National Academy – Session #250
Victor Lauria is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2015. Prior to joining Madonna, he served as an Assistant Chief of Police with the City of Novi. During his 28-year law enforcement career, Victor served in a wide variety of positions. He worked as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, a K-9 handler, and detective, as well as numerous supervisory positions. His work has been recognized by the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, National Retail Federation and the Michigan Association of Private Investigators. The National Geographic Channel profiled one of Victor's cases in the documentary film "The Science of Interrogation."
His favorite subjects to teach are interview and interrogation, and ethics.
In his free time, Victor enjoys spending time with his wife, Sherie, and their three children as well as hunting and fishing.
Master of Public Administration - Western Michigan University
Bachelor of Arts - Concordia University
Parole/Probation Manager (Ret.) Michigan Department of Corrections
Graduate MDOC Corrections and Parole/Probation Officer Academy
Robert is an assistant professor in the Criminal Justice Department. He began teaching at Madonna in 2004 as an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice Department before joining as a full-time faculty member in 2019.
Robert has 35 years of experience working for the Michigan Department of Corrections in community corrections and at several state correctional/mental health facilities. He has worked as a corrections officer, parole officer, and probation officer for the 38th Circuit Court. Robert has served in a supervisory capacity in the Michigan Department of Corrections and Community Health, as an Assistant Resident Unit Supervisor, Captain, Deputy Director of Safety and Security and retiring as a Parole/Probation Manager.
MS, Eastern Michigan University
BS, Eastern Michigan University
Graduate, Center for Regional and National Security School of Police Staff and Command, Class #27.
Jon Haupt is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. He joined Madonna University in 2015 and teaches a variety of Criminal Justice courses. Jon is a retired Lieutenant from the Farmington Hills Police Department, where he served for 27 years. During his 27-year law enforcement career, Jon served in a variety of positions. He worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, detective, fire investigator, detective sergeant, and administrative lieutenant, as well as several other supervisory roles. Jon has 15 years of investigative experience focused on domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. He is dedicated to raising awareness on social issues such as domestic and sexual violence and serves on several multi-disciplinary committees, task forces, and councils focused on this important issue, earning him numerous honors and recognitions.
Jon is currently the Assistant Director of Operations for Washtenaw Community College’s Public Service Training where he is responsible for the effective expansion, promotion, and coordination of law enforcement in-service training at the college and throughout the Southeastern Michigan region.
M.S.B.A. - Madonna University
B.S. - Madonna University
Police Lieutenant - Canton Police Department
Michael Kennedy is an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. He joined the adjunct faculty staff of Madonna University in 2016. Prior to joining Madonna, Michael also served as an adjunct professor at Henry Ford College. Currently, Michael serves as a Police Lieutenant with the Canton Police Department and has 20 years of service. During his 20-year career, Michael has served in a wide variety of positions including field training officer, undercover narcotics officer, evidence technician, TEAM officer, as well as various union leadership positions.
In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, and their two children as well as golfing and vacationing.
BS, Ferris State University, Criminal Justice
MS, University of Phoenix, Computer Information Systems
Tabia Tabb is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. She joined the faculty of Madonna University in 2018. Prior to joining Madonna, she served as a police officer with the City of Detroit.
As an officer with the Detroit Police Department for twenty years, she was also assigned to the Office of the Chief Investigator, Major Crimes, the Organized Crime Bureau, the Ninth and the Tenth Precinct. While in these units she worked many assignments, including the Warrant Enforcement Bureau, Missing and Exploited Children, as well as Extraditions. In February 2019 until her retirement, she was assigned to the Detroit Detention Center, where she assisted in the initial intake and booking process of offenders.
During her career she has received numerous awards including: one Chief’s Merit Award, Super Bowl Award, Rosa Parks Funeral Award, All Star Game award and the International Fireworks Award. On December 12, 2008 she was awarded a Meritorious Team Achievement award by former Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano. She has received several certifications including: International Institute for Restorative Practices, Blue Courage Instructor, Instructor Development ‘Train the Trainer”, and Public Safety Wellness.
Michael Warren is an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. He joined the part-time faculty of Madonna University in 2019. Prior to joining Madonna, he served as an Sergeant with the City of Novi Police Department. During his 24-year law enforcement career, Michael served in a wide variety of positions. He worked as a patrol officer, detective, DEA Task Force Officer, Sergeant, and Training and Standards Sergeant. His work has been recognized by the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association and the Director of the Drug Enforcement . One of his cases was profiled on Gangsters: America's Most Evil.
In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, Julie, and his four children as well as reading and shooting.