Accelerated Degrees

B.S. Criminal Justice - Police Program

Offered at Philadelphia Police Academy, Lower Merion Police Department, Upper Providence Police Station, Bucks County Police Training Center.

Degree: This program provides the opportunity for sworn officers -- police, sheriff and corrections departments from the surrounding communities to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph's University. Officers must be currently employed by a federal, state or local governmental agency in order to attend courses at the Philadelphia Police Academy, Lower Merion Police Station, the Upper Providence Police Station or the Bucks County Police Training Center. 

Requirements: Fulfill the undergraduate curriculum in Criminal Justice totaling 120 credits (40 courses) as described in the current SJU course catalog. Students need to take at least thirty credits (ten courses) including four upper division courses required for the major from SJU.

Transfer: Up to 75 credits from an accredited college or university as long as the grade in each course to be transferred is at least "C" and fulfills a requirement of the program. This can include credits awarded to attendees of POLEX and similar programs. SJU awards twelve credits to students who have graduated from Basic Police Training Programs and three credits to students who have successfully completed their Correctional Academy courses. We will work with you to identify other ways which you may be able to earn academic credit through ELAP, CLEP and Challenge exams.

Scheduling: Courses will run two evenings per week for six weeks. One course will be offered during each six-week module. Two modules are offered during the Fall, Spring and Summer Sessions. Our scheduling method provides step-in, step-out flexibility enabling students to set their own pace.

Location: Most of the courses will be taught at the off-campus sites, however, some may be taught at our main campus due to logistical issues such as faculty requirements and the need for computers.

Faculty: Courses will be taught by full time professors and adjunct instructors, many of whom are criminal justice practitioners.

Tuition: Tuition for students in this accelerated police CJ program represents a 25% reduction from the full tuition rate and the $20 application fee is waived.

To obtain further information, please contact:
Email: or Call: 610-660-1262


Accelerated Criminal Justice Program

Spring 2012 Course Schedule/ 6 weeks – 12 class sessions

Bucks County Training Center

1760 S. Easton Road

Doylestown, PA  18901

Module I

COURSE:                     CANCELLED



Module II

COURSE:                     SOC 206 Theories of Crime                                           T/R 6:15 – 9:30 P.M.

INSTRUCTOR: Edward Murphy                                                            CRN: 11581

DATES:                       Thursday 3/1/12 – Tuesday 4/10/12                                SEC: XBT


Lower Merion Police Station

71 East Lancaster Avenue

Ardmore, PA 19003

Module I

COURSE:                     ENV 105 The Environment                                           T/R 6:15-9:30 P.M.

INSTRUCTOR: Catherine Sorace                                                           CRN: 11582

DATES:                       Thursday 1/19/12 – Tuesday 2/28/12                              SEC: XLM


Module II

COURSE:                     ENG 112 Research Based Writing                                 T/R 6:15 – 9:30 P.M.

INSTRUCTOR: STAFF                                                                         CRN: 11583           

DATES:                       Tuesday 3/6/12 – Thursday 4/12/12                                SEC: XLM


Philadelphia Police Academy

8501 State Road – Vallor Hall

Philadelphia, PA  19136

Module I

COURSE:                     MAT 101 Excursions in Math I                                     M/W 6:15-9:30 P.M.

INSTRUCTOR: Boris Kheyfets                                                              CRN: 10705     

DATES:                       Monday 1/23/12 – Wednesday 2/29/12                           SEC: XPA


Module II

COURSE:                     HIS 365 Urban America                                                            M/W 6:15-9:30 P.M.

INSTRUCTOR: Katherine Fridirici                                                        CRN: 11584

DATES:                       Wednesday 3/7/12 – Monday 4/16/12                             SEC: XPA


Upper Providence Police Station

1286 Black Rock Road

Phoenixville, PA  19460

Module I

COURSE:                     PHL 154 Moral Foundations                                         M/W 6:15 – 9:30 P.M.

INSTRUCTOR: John Pappas                                                                  CRN: 11585

DATES:                       Wednesday, 1/18/12 – Monday 2/27/12                          SEC: XPX


Module II

COURSE:                     SOC 263 Criminology                                                   M/W 6:15-9:30 P.M.

INSTRUCTOR: Karen McDonough                                                       CRN: 11586

DATES:                       Monday, 3/5/12 – Wednesday 4/11/12                            SEC: XPX