Building Toward a Life of Service to the Public

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.

Criminal Justice Programs and Online Study Option

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.

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"Minor in criminal justice or earn a certificate in a niche area of criminal justice" in text with an image of a shield with a lock
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Expert Faculty Dedicated to Your Success

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.

Career Opportunities in Criminal Justice

Ready to make a real impact in the criminal justice field? At Madonna University, our diverse criminal justice programs equip you with the knowledge, skills, and experience to launch a rewarding career in a growing industry. With cutting-edge curricula, hands-on internship opportunities, and dedicated faculty guidance, you'll graduate prepared to tackle real-world challenges and stand out among your peers. 

Criminal Justice Needs YOU!

1.2 million

Violent crimes were reported to the FBI in 2022.


Job openings are projected over the next decade for police and detectives.


Is the average salary for police and detectives across the US.

Explore a wide range of exciting opportunities:

  • Protect and Serve: Pursue a career in law enforcement as a police officer, detective, or correctional officer. Our programs combine theory with practical training, preparing you for the rigors of frontline service. 
  • Fight Financial Crime: Become a financial fraud investigator, protecting businesses and individuals from scams and embezzlement. You'll master forensic accounting techniques and develop critical investigative skills. 
  • Secure Our Borders: Join the ranks of border patrol officers, safeguarding national security and upholding immigration laws. 
  • Uncover Corporate Malfeasance: As a corporate investigator, you'll delve into internal fraud, misconduct, and security breaches. Our program hones your research, analysis, and communication skills to navigate complex corporate environments. 

Admission into the Criminal Justice Programs

Students seeking admission into Madonna University’s Criminal Justice undergraduate programs need to submit the following items:

  • Completed online application for undergraduate admissions
  • Official high school transcript (final transcript after graduation with graduation date posted)
  • ACT/SAT score(s)
  • AP, IB test score(s) (if applicable)
  • Dual Enrollment/college transcript (if applicable)

Learn more about the complete first-year student admission requirements, including more about what we look for in an applicant.

Make a Difference in Your Community as a Public Service Leader

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!

Student Success

Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson

Scott enrolled at Madonna University as a criminal justice major. He participated in two professional internships. Two years later, his dream of becoming a police officer was realized when he was hired by the Michigan State Police. As an alumnus, he continues to support and mentor students.

Faculty Bios

Victor LauriaAssistant Professor, Department Chair,
Program Director, Emergency Management, Fire Science and Occupational Safety and Health

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


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Victor Lauria

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.

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Robert GreenwoodAssistant Professor

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


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Robert Greenwood

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. 

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Jon HauptAdjunct Assistant Professor

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

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.

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Michael KennedyAdjunct Professor

M.S.B.A. - Madonna University

B.S. - Madonna University

Police Lieutenant - Canton Police Department



Michael Kennedy

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.

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Tabia TabbAdjunct Professor

BS, Ferris State University, Criminal Justice

MS, University of Phoenix, Computer Information Systems



Tabia Tabb

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.  

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Michael WarrenAdjunct Professor


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Michael Warren

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.

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