Program Overview

The hybrid Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Mercy College is ideal for individuals wishing to pursue a career in the police department, corrections department, social service agency, victim's assistance agency, youth counseling agency, private security or insurance company. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice often go on to law school. Many students are already employed and are studying only to improve upon knowledge and skills. The student body is very diverse with a variety of ages and professional backgrounds.

The faculty at Mercy College for the Criminal Justice program consists of a diverse group of professionals who are highly qualified and willing to help each individual student succeed academically. The faculty at Mercy College include many attorneys and law enforcement officers.

Some of the B.S of Criminal Justice courses are offered online; however, all courses are offered at the Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan, and Yorktown, NY Mercy College satellite locations.  Courses are offered throughout the day and evening. Scheduling of on-campus courses can be flexible and convenient for all full-time or part-time employed students.

In terms of academic graduation requirements, students are required to complete 60 credit hours of general education courses, 36 credit hours of criminal justice core courses, and 24 credit hours of elective courses. Specific program courses offered include, Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, Introduction to Corrections, Criminology, Criminal Court Process, Policing, Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice, Law of Evidence, Managing Human Conflict, Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Law, Order, and Justice, Terrorism, Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Additionally, Mercy College requires 18 credit hours of residency for the Criminal Justice major or concentration of study.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Mercy College is a four-year private school located in Dobbs Fairy, New York. Mercy College was established in 1950 by the Sister of Mercy. The school only admitted women until 1967, when the institution began to accept men.

    Mercy College offers certificates of completion associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees in over 90 programs. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. Online courses offer flexible class schedules for students who may have extra responsibilities. Mercy College students have the opportunity to take one or all of their courses online through the more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs offered. Undergraduate academic programs include:

    • School of Business
    • School of Education
    • School of Health and Natural Sciences
    • School of Liberal Arts
    • School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


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