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Criminal Justice

About Criminal Justice at Ferris

Criminal Justice
IRC 212
1301 S State St
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-5080 Tel
(231) 591-3792 Fax
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Criminal Justice Bachelors Degree

The School of Criminal Justice at Ferris State University, through partnerships with agencies within and related to the criminal justice field, creates the fundamental preparation for successful careers and responsible citizenship. The academic pursuit of excellence for both students and faculty are provided in a learning environment that combines the theoretical knowledge with the practical application.

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Criminal Justice Administration

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration is designed to offer post baccalaureate education to professionals, administrators, and traditional students seeking criminal justice graduate education. The curriculum offers coursework and skills necessary for successful leadership in corrections, courts, and law enforcement agencies as well as private agencies such as residential treatment centers, halfway houses, and private security firms. Students seeking admission to law school or doctoral studies in criminal justice will find this program appealing.

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Facts and Statistics

  • Ferris State University Law Enforcement Academy was established in 1974.
  • Program content and training is delivered on the Big Rapids campus.
  • The Academy is part of the School of Criminal Justice which is the largest school at Ferris State University.
  • This is the only Michigan academy that has formally adopted Problem-Based Learning as the foundation of its educational strategies and methodologies.
  • As of 2017, the FSU Law Enforcement Academy has graduated 1,720 students.
  • There are four full-time FSU faculty (Ph.D or J.D.) devoted toward all academy course instruction.
  • These faculty are retired police supervisors and commanders with an average of 25 years of police field experience; Numerous additional active police officers are brought in to instruct as subject matter experts.
  • The Academy is 35 weeks in length-two college semesters with summer orientation.
  • MCOLES has a mandatory curriculum of 594 training hours. The FSU enhanced curriculum is a total of 1,042 training hours.
  • Students in the Law Enforcement Academy will earn a total of 42 credits. These include CRIM 355, 356, 402, 403, 420, 425, 430, 440, 453, 498, RMLS 425.
  • The average class size in the Academy is 40+ students.
  • Each Law Enforcement Academy class averages over 1,100 hours of community service.
  • The FSU Law Enforcement Academy has a program completion rate of 92%.
  • The FSU Law Enforcement Academy has a licensing exam pass rate of 100%.
  • After graduating from the FSU Law Enforcement academy, the employment rate is 90%.

Criminal Justice Degrees