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Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Justice Administration

On Campus


Serving as a leader in the criminal justice system is a rewarding career, with the opportunity to make a positive impact in your community and beyond. Our justice administration program is designed to provide you with an understanding of issues that criminal justice leaders face today, as you focus on law enforcement, public administration and multicultural issues. You’ll learn from experienced professionals. You’ll be ready for real-world success.

The BCJ Justice Administration program uses a practitioner model of education and is a work-ready program that prepares you to work in the field beginning day one of your career. The diversity of course offerings introduces the fundamental values and purpose of criminal justice as well as specific issues in constitutional law, corrections, law enforcement, emergency organization and management, leadership, the political process and multicultural issues in society. The required internship completes the curriculum in your work-ready program, ensuring you gain valuable experience in the professional world and making you a more desirable candidate for employment opportunities.

Professional Justice Administration Training
  • Smaller class sizes make possible more individualized learning methods in the classroom.
  • Courses are taught by professors who bring real-world experience, having worked in the field.
  • Networking opportunities are abundant due to our professors’ professional connections and their association with numerous agencies in the criminal justice field.
  • A required internship enables you to apply your classroom learning in the real world, enabling you to gain hands-on experience.

This is a professional program taught by professors who know of what they speak. Our instructors have had long and successful careers in the Secret Service, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and federal, state and municipal law enforcement agencies. They’ve held a wide range of leadership roles in the criminal justice field. They’ve worked in global security studies and as intelligence specialists. They have prior military service, experience with correctional and forensic populations, and cybersecurity expertise. You’ll learn about the real world from professionals who have been in the real world.

In addition, you’ll use actual case materials to explore the difference between the sensationalized scripts of TV shows and the reality of the profession. Using current challenges within the criminal justice profession as teaching tools, you’ll learn the real-life issues criminal justice professionals face in their careers. Learning of those realities will prepare you for the real world of criminal justice and help you to make a reasoned choice for your career goals within the field.

Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)

To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.

This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam. Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.

Experiential learning defeats the melodrama of Hollywood crime shows and provides a concrete, hands-on experience that allows you to apply the theories and concepts learned in the classroom to the real world of criminal justice and justice administration. Within our program, active engagement comes in many forms, including:

  • Through a grant partnership, criminology students collaborated with the Toledo Police Department on writing the Crime Gun Intelligence Center strategic plan. The ability to research and review data to assist in the development of the plan provided students with research skills, communication skills, investigative skills and policy development experience.
  • A group of 10 criminal justice students worked an unsolved death investigation with the Newburgh Heights Police Department. Students examined the unsolved 1981 death case of 17-year-old Kurt Sova. Students reviewed documents and evidence, along with monitoring social media pages dedicated to the case and tip lines. Our students were selected to review, analyze, interpret data and assist with the case, which provided them with invaluable real-world experience.
  • Mock trials provide you with the drama of the courtroom and compel you to engage in the Socratic method of learning, to learn to debate and take part in public speaking, to create compelling arguments, to understand the rules of evidence and prepare evidence for the litigious arena.
  • Our internship opportunities are wide ranging and encompass organizations and agencies at the federal, state, and municipal level, as well as non-profits and private entities. Our students have interned with the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshall Service and DEA on the federal level, as well as with the Toledo Police Department, Columbus Police Department, Tiffin Police Department and many other police agencies of various sizes. Internships are also available from many Ohio local court systems, probation agencies such as the Seneca County Department of Probation, and correctional facilities such as the Seneca County Jail, as well as dozens of other county jails in the northwest Ohio area.

Tiffin University significantly values experiential learning and offers prior learning credit for learning acquired because of employment, volunteer activities, certifications, community service, military service, workshop/seminar participation and other life experiences.


Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice = 18 hours

Justice Administration Major = 45 hours

3 hours each (to be taken in addition to Criminal Justice Core):

  • COR120 Correctional Thought and Practice
  • COR231 Juvenile Justice Systems
  • COR420 Agency Management
  • ENF150 Police and Society
  • ENF154 Homeland Security Overview
  • ENF245 Emergency Organizations and Management
  • ENF293 Criminology (w)
  • ENF335 Law Enforcement Supervision
  • ENF450 Crime Analysis
  • JUS461 Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice (w)
  • POL101 Introduction to the American Political Process
  • POL207 The Court
  • POL320 Public Administration
  • SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC360 Multicultural Issues in Society (w)

Total = 45 hours

Total Bachelor of Criminal Justice hours = 121

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.


Police and Society (ENF150) – A study of the various response methodologies available to the patrol officer in assisting the citizen’s request for police service. Discusses traffic enforcement from the stop of the violator through traffic accident investigation.

Emergency Organization and Management (ENF245) – Every level of government bears responsibility for emergency response. A systematic analysis of the public agencies and an overview of organizations involved in homeland security will be covered in this course. Topics such as threat assessment, risk analysis, incident management systems, coordinating with supporting agencies, response procedures, the planning function, coordinated government efforts, crime scene operations, prevention strategies, response protocols, evacuation, medical support, and conducting an effective follow-up analysis will all be covered. This class will prepare the student with information necessary to respond to terrorist acts

Law Enforcement Supervision (ENF335) – A study of management theories and their impact on law enforcement agencies. Topics include, but are not limited to, agency structure, management of personnel, fiscal management, and civil and criminal liabilities for police personnel.

Crime Analysis (ENF450) – An introduction to the concept, applications, and methods of crime analysis as it is employed in municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies. The course will include how to form a crime analysis unit which has effective relationships with patrol, criminal investigation, and other field operations units, and will focus on methods of how to collect, collate, analyze, and employ crime date to predict future criminal events, including when and where perpetrators will strike. Managerial and supervisory responsibilities in a crime analysis unit will also be discussed. The course is directed toward preparing students to obtain an entry-level crime analysis position in a law enforcement agency.


On Campus – Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

Extended Learning – Offered in two terms per semester with start dates of January and August. Locations include:

    • Owens Community College – Toledo Campus
    • Terra State Community College

The Bureau of Labor statistics projects a 7% growth in the job outlook for criminal justice professionals through 2030. A criminal justice degree can be a point of entry into law school, politics, academia, advocacy and the numerous federal, state or municipal agencies. The preference in hiring in most federal and state agencies is completion of a bachelor’s degree program.

  • Case Worker
  • Child Protective Services Investigator
  • Correctional Worker
  • Court Bailiff
  • Federal Law Enforcement Officers
  • Human Services Investigator
  • Law Enforcement Administrator
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Special Agent Victim Advocate

While it is extremely competitive to obtain such appointments, TU alumni have gone on to careers in these agencies:

  • BIED Society International Think Tank
  • Border Patrol
  • City of Columbus
  • City of Ghanna PD
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Columbus PD
  • Correctional Officer (MN)
  • Cuyahoga County
  • Department of Child and Family Services
  • Detroit PD
  • Medicolegal Death Investigator
  • Ohio Department of Youth Services
  • Oriana House, Inc.
  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Department of the Army
  • U.S. Federal Government
  • U.S. Treasury

Tiffin University brings in instructors that have the education and the experience to pass on to our students.  Our instructors come from Toledo Police Department (OH), Perrysburg Police Division (OH), Norwalk Police Department (OH), Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office (OH), Wayne County Sheriff’s Office (OH), Lucas County Sheriff’s Office (OH), Weirton Police Department (WV), United States Secret Service, United States Army, United States Navy, United States Air Force, Ohio Army National Guard, and Ohio Air National Guard.   Our instructors have held roles as homicide detectives, crimes against person detectives, internet child pornography detectives, command officers, general detectives, chiefs of police, special agents, undercover narcotics agents, military police officers, road patrol officers, federal task force members and homeland security agents.

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“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”

– Cassidy Ralph, Class of 2019
Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police
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