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School of Criminal Justice

 Established in 1974, the criminal justice program at UCO is the oldest in the state and has provided leadership within the criminal justice field for decades. The School of Criminal Justice teamed up with the College of Liberal Arts developing a partnership that provides individualistic educational experiences as well as a solid background of practical work skills necessary in any field. Since the terrain of criminal justice is always changing, we are too. We are always looking ahead to make sure our graduates have the most up-to-date training. As a result, new undergraduate and graduate opportunities continue to appear on the horizon. We invite you to take advantage of the opportunities available through our curriculum, internships, and study abroad programs.

The School of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Oklahoma currently offers three undergraduate degree programs, General, Police, and Corrections. We also offer two graduate degrees, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Management and Administration and Crime and Intelligence Analysis.

Our Mission

We prepare our students to become the leaders of the Criminal Justice System of the future. The mission is to equip you to succeed in a dynamic and often volatile environment. Our faculty and staff constantly strive to provide an exemplary curriculum for our students, a meaningful outreach to the public, and a quality research program relevant to both students and professionals we serve.

Our Vision

The School of Criminal Justice is an innovative, nationally recognized program resulting in graduates who will be in high demand because they possess the knowledge, skills, and integrity that sets them apart and guarantees success in whatever field they choose.

UCO Criminal Justice Day

The next UCO CJ Day will be held on Friday, October 6, 2023.

Criminal Justice StudentThis event gives high school juniors and seniors, career tech,  community college students, and current UCO students who have an interest in a degree and career in the field of criminal justice to meet with representatives from the field of criminal justice. Students and prospective students were given the opportunity to learn about the Criminal Justice program here at UCO, see our campus, and meet faculty and current students. This networking opportunity also gave students the chance to visit with professionals from local, county, state, and federal agencies.

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