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Criminal Justice at GMercyU

A GMercyU degree in criminal justice can lead you to meaningful work in the public or private sector, as well as prepare you to advance in your profession. At GMercyU, you'll find transformative learning experiences that will teach you practical knowledge while challenging your viewpoints on the many facets of criminal justice. You'll find professors who are experts in the field – and who are invested in your future. And you'll find a university whose history is rooted in service to the community.



The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program®

Get out of the classroom and inside a local correctional facility for a richer learning experience.

The GMercyU Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program® brings incarcerated and non-incarcerated students together as peers for weekly meetings at the Federal Detention Center of Philadelphia.

During the meetings – held all semester-long -- GMercyU “outside” students and “inside” students exchange thoughts and perspectives about crime, the criminal justice system, corrections, and imprisonment.

Learn more about GMercyU’s Inside-Out Program.


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*May require additional education in addition to a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice*
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics
*The media wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than the amount and half earned less.


Expert Faculty and Mentors

The GMercyU Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program® is taught by Patrick McGrain, PhD, an Associate Professor and the Program Coordinator of Criminal Justice. To bring the program to GMercyU, Dr. McGrain completed a training course at FCI Hazelton, a maximum-security prison in West Virginia.

Learn more about Dr. McGrain.




Lorraine Phillips, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at GMercyU. Dr. Phillips has always been interested in the intersectionality of psychology and the law, and has worked on various projects looking at definitions of stalking, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and immigration laws.

Learn more about Dr. Phillips.





**Receive an admissions decision in as little as two weeks after our Admissions team receives your completed application file. Nursing applications may take a little longer to review.  In addition, due to the limited number of spaces available in the BHS in Occupational Science (Pre-OT) program, students who apply after the December 1 deadline will be considered for admission based on their qualifications and available spots.