The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a major academic unit within the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs}. The Department offers undergraduate degrees in Crime Science (BSCS) and Criminal Justice (BSCJ) and graduate degrees in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) and International Crime and Justice (PhD). The bachelor and master degrees are available onsite and online (see https://online.fiu.edu/). According to Bestcolleges.com, FIU's BSCJ (#2) and MSCJ (#5) online degree programs were ranked among the "Best Online Criminal Justice Programs of 2018." Joint graduate degrees in collaboration with FIU's College of Law (JD/MSCJ) and with the Department of Public Administration (MSCJ/MPA) are also available.
The combined BS/MS degree program is also popular among undergraduate students. This program affords qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to take up to 12 credit hours of approved graduate courses, which can then be counted as dual credit for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminal justice. Internship opportunities are plentiful for undergraduate and graduate students, as we have internship placements in numerous local, state and federal agencies.
The Law Enforcement Apprenticeship Program (LEAP) is also available to students. LEAP combines classroom instruction with specialized police training and workplace experience to produce successful law enforcement professionals and future leaders in the field. LEAP provides students with college credits towards the completion of the BSCJ or BSCS.
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is recognized both nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of criminal justice education. Through its affiliation with the Center for the Administration of Justice, the department has also been awarded over 60 million dollars in grant funding.