Complete your bachelor’s degree in downtown Syracuse while observing the criminal and civil justice systems from several different perspectives.

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About the program

SUNY Oswego offers an online and on-site hybrid program that provides the flexibility for a full-time (12 or more credit hours) or part-time (less than 12 credit hours) course schedule. We offer many on-site classes at the Metro Center in Clinton Square at convenient times to accommodate your busy schedule.

What you’ll study

Our public justice program observes the criminal and civil justice systems and their associated professions from several different perspectives — anthropological, economical, historical, philosophical, psychological and sociological.

Centered primarily in the social and behavioral sciences, the program combines a liberal arts education, in-depth study in your area of interest and supervised fieldwork. Three tracks of study include criminal justice, human services and legal studies.

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The required practicum gives you the opportunity to apply classroom learning in real-world settings, and enables you to make contact with working professionals — and possible employers.


Opportunities include

  • Law
  • Law enforcement
  • Court administration
  • Social work
  • Institutional corrections
  • Child welfare
  • Private security
  • Mediation

Graduate studies may include

  • Criminal justice
  • Law
  • Forensic science
  • Public administration
  • Social work
  • Labor relations
  • Judicial administration




  • must have an associate degrees in criminal justice or approximately 60 equivalent credits in criminal justice
  • cumulative grade point average of 2.3
  • an official transcript from each college or university previously attended
  • applicants with a gap in their educational history are required to complete the Transfer Application Supplement

Transfer credits

Students may transfer up to 62 credits from a two-year college and 92 from a four-year institution, these include General Education and lower level program courses.

Our admissions counselors are more than happy to work with you to determine what credits you may transfer from your previous school. Contact us at 315.312.2250 or email one of our transfer counselors at


SUNY Oswego Syracuse campus
2 South Clinton Street
Syracuse, NY 13202