Lead, Protect and Serve

Develop an in-depth understanding of the law, legal institutions and processes and their relationship to social, moral, political and economic issues.

Admission Requirements

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How to apply

View first-year admission requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

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Major Requirements

The criminal justice major blends theory with applied learning to provide students with a broad understanding of the justice system. Our multidisciplinary program features coursework in economics, political science, psychology and sociology.

Serve Your Fellow Citizens

Rider’s criminal justice degree paves the way for a range of career possibilities in law enforcement and law-related professions including corrections, court services, juvenile justice, law enforcement and rehabilitation services. Students also possess a strong foundation for entering law school or pursuing graduate study at Rider and beyond. 

Alumni Placements

  • FBI
  • U.S Customs and Border Enforcement
  • New Jersey State Police
  • Trenton Police Department
  • New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety
  • Wong Fleming (global law firm)
  • Spring Lake Police Department
  • West Windsor- Plainsboro Regional School District

How to Apply

View requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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Explore Various Aspects Of The Law

Explore and expand your interests in law and justice by taking on a variety of professional internships to narrow down your area of interest. Recent student internships and shadow experiences include the Trenton Police Department, U.S. Marshals, Somerset County Public Defender, Bucks County Peace and Justice Center and Womanspace, Inc.

Jose Corado, Continuing Studies alumnus

Flexible Options for Adult Learners

Rider also offers a version of this program tailored to fit the busy schedules and learning needs of non-traditional, adult learners. Designed for working professionals in the criminal justice fields, as well as career changers who seek a position in the criminal justice field, Rider’s B.A. in Criminal Justice program for Continuing Studies students lets busy adults gain the skills and credentials to advance – while balancing both their career and family life.

Transferring to Rider

Interested in transferring to Rider for criminal justice?

Visit the Community College Agreements page to see the community colleges Rider partners with and the courses that transfer for each major.


Criminal Justice (B.A.)

Victor Thompson

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Fine Arts Building

vthompson [at] rider.edu


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