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Applied Science: Administration of Justice

UA South's small campus atmosphere offers students the advantage of individualized instruction and support while also providing access to the resources of one of the top-ranked research universities in the nation.

The Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Administration of Justice prepares students for careers in law enforcement, public safety, court systems, and immigration and customs enforcement.

Coursework is offered in a variety of formats, including traditional classroom settings, Interactive TV, hybrid, and online to allow maximum flexibility and accessibility that works for each student’s unique needs. Students will explore criminal justice, procedural constitutional rights, contemporary issues in law enforcement, terrorism, immigration, and border security with faculty who have worked in the field.

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Applied Science: Administration of Justice is offered in the following locations: Sierra Vista, Pima County, Douglas, Santa Cruz County, Yuma County, Online

The Administration of Justice program is designed for students transferring approximately 60 units from a regionally accredited institution. The program requires additional materials during the application process. The minimum entrance requirements include:

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Resume
  • Goal Statement

Please contact us if you have any questions about the transferability of your credits, you admissibility to the program, or the application process. For full application instructions, please visit

UA South maintains a variety of tools to help you plan your education. We include them here for your reference. To make a personalized plan for your UA South education, contact us!

In addition to Foundations, General Education, and your Major coursework, Bachelor of Applied Science programs share a common core of six courses designed to meet employer needs and strengthen your academic skills culminating in a capstone experience in your major field.

UA Degree Search provides an overview of the Administration of Justice major, four year plans, transfer pathways, and career opportunities.

Transfer Pathway Agreements guide students who are earning specific community college degrees and allow students to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree at any Arizona community college to transfer seamlessly into the Bachelor of Applied Science degree at The University of Arizona South. Specifically, UA South has partnership agreements with Arizona Western College, Central Arizona College, Cochise College, Maricopa Community College District, and Pima Community College. Find the right AZ degree pathway for you through AZTransfer]( Students can also transfer from other institutions and should contact an academic advisor to find out how!

All prospective students are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor for an unofficial evaluation of their transfer credit, including military credits, to ensure the timely and cost efficient progress towards their Bachelor’s degree.

Academic Advisement Reports are the official degree audits for UA students once they have been admitted into their chosen major. The [Administration of Justice]( report contains lists of applicable classes to be used to satisfy graduation requirements. Current UA students can access their personalized Advisement Report in UAccess Student Center under the Academics menu.


Courses are based in theory with a strong focus on professional application. Courses in the major include:


  • GPSV 313: American Judicial System - The theoretical foundation, structure, function, and processes of the judicial branches of the U.S. government and state governments.
  • GPSV 461: Civil Liberties and the Constitution - An analysis of the constitutional guarantees of civil liberties in the U.S. Constitution through the study of significant U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
  • GPSV 474: Politics of Terrorism -  Theories of international relations as applied to the study of terrorism, including the foundations of modern terrorism and associated evolution of ideology, tactics, and strategies; and evaluation of terrorist ideologies and how that evaluation can develop a framework for critical analysis.

Degree Search Career planning Information

Applied Science: Administration of Justice Emphasis

The knowledge gained from the Administration of Justice emphasis of criminal justice, procedural constitutional rights, the American judicial system, multicultural approaches, terrorism, gender law, contemporary issues in law enforcement, and immigration and border issues forms a solid career foundation. Graduates are well prepared to work in federal, state, and local law enforcement, public safety and corrections, courtroom systems, immigration and customs enforcement, and a variety of related professions. This major is also excellent preparation for law.  Some of the job titles listed below require an advanced degree.   

Potential Career Areas:

  •  Law enforcement including police, court, and corrections
  • Consulting and advising
  • National and public safety
  • Social and human services
  • Research
  • Public administration
  • Human resources and services


Sample Employers:

  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Federal, state, and local prisons
  • U.S. Military
  • Consulting and law firms
  • Government agencies
  • Intelligence communities
  • Social service and human rights organizations

“The median annual wage for legal occupations was $80,080 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690” (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017).


Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges:


Job Title

Salary Range

Police Officer and Sheriff                   

Lawyer/Criminal Lawyer 

Paralegal/Legal Assistant

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

Customs and Border Protection Officer

Law Enforcement and Security Officer

Judicial Law Clerk


Legislative Assistant

$49,000 - $54,200

$54,100 - $111,300

$37,690 - $50,630

$37,690 - $51,410

$62,960 - $78,811

$40,365 - $55,725

$23,600 - $42,500

$79,650- $175,700

$37,690 - $50,410


Sources of Information:  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, 

on the Internet at (visited June 01, 2018)

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Please contact an Academic Advisor if you are interested in this program.
Assistant Professor | Program Director, Administration of Justice
Minor Offered: Thematic
Program Type: Bachelor of Applied Science
Program Career Level: Undergraduate Degree
Locations Offered: Sierra Vista, Pima County, Douglas, Santa Cruz County, Yuma County, Online

Linda Denno, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | Program Director, Administration of Justice
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