• Officer Ryan Wade, FPU alumnus, on the job in car

Focus on the study of criminal justice practices rather than the implementation of law enforcement in this program, which incorporates the values of a Christian worldview into a deeper knowledge about crime and society. You’ll gain an understanding of restorative approaches to justice, as well as the social and psychological theories on crime, criminals and society. A practicum is integrated throughout the program providing you with hands–on experience and an opportunity for reflective assessment.


  • A challenging and supportive academic environment
  • Cohort groups meet face-to-face one night a week
  • Several of the program courses will be offered on-line
  • Cohort of 7-20 adults progress through the program together
  • Experienced faculty and assignments that apply to everyday life
  • Students come from a variety of workplace and cultural backgrounds
  • Gain a new perspective on law enforcement and criminal justice

Career opportunities

Criminal justice is a fast-growing field of study and employment. Many agencies require a bachelor’s degree for career advancement. Our graduates are prepared for a wide range of careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, the paralegal field, administration and social services. With several courses focused on the legal system, this degree serves as a comprehensive pre-law program

Program director

Photo of Ray Nickson, Ph.D.

Ray Nickson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Criminology

Admission requirements

  • Application form
  • $40 fee (fee is waived for those attending an information meeting)
  • Official high school transcripts, GED or AA/AS degree


  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

Administration of Justice (AS-T) to Criminology, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
    • CRIM 210     Criminal Justice Administration (3)
    • CRIM 220     Criminal Law (3)
  • All BA major courses are upper-division and are completed at FPU.
  • This program is offered as evening accelerated or online accelerated

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Course listing

General Education Requirements

These two courses are required in addition to the 39 units of cohort classes listed below. For additional information on General Education requirements for Degree Completion students visit: General Education: Degree Completion Students

CRIM 210Criminal Justice Administration Credits3
CRIM 220Criminal Law Credits3

Required Courses (39 Units)

The following units must be earned at Fresno Pacific University

BIB 314Jesus and the Christian Community Credits3
BIB 449Biblical Perspectives for Criminology Credits3
CRIM 350Theories of Criminology Credits3
CRIM 356Victimology Credits3
CRIM 360Criminal Procedure Credits3
CRIM 370Diversity and Crime Credits3
CRIM 382Juvenile Delinquency and Justice Credits3
CRIM 390Corrections Credits3
CRIM 414Restorative Justice Credits3
CRIM 418Conflict Transformation Credits3
CRIM 420Criminology Statistics Credits3
CRIM 440Issues in Criminal Law Credits3
CRIM 496ACriminology and Restorative Justice Studies Project I Credits1
CRIM 496BCriminology and Restorative Justice Studies Project II Credits1
CRIM 496CCriminology and Restorative Justice Studies Project III Credits1


Elective units as needed to meet the Bachelor of Arts minimum. This requirement may be met through allowable college coursework, Advanced Placement exams, College Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate exams, and Military or ACE credit.

State Authorization

State authorization is a federal requirement in the HigherEducation Act that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which online programs are offered. Fresno Pacific University works regularly with individual state authorization agencies to meet each state's requirements. Currently, Fresno Pacific University has received authorization to offer online degree programs in all but six states: Georgia, Michigan, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

For the latest updates on the status of FPU's authorization in your state, contact your FPU Admissions representative.