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Five-Year M.B.A Program in Criminology

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Crime is a major issue for both public- and private-sector organizations. The criminology/M.B.A. program at Wilkes University offers a unique opportunity to combine training in both criminology and business, graduating with both a bachelor of arts degree in criminology and a master of business administration degree in five years. You can not only explore the causes and consequences of crime but also develop skills in leadership, management and entrepreneurship that can give you a distinctive edge in the job market.

Potential Careers

The criminology/MBA program can qualify graduates for a number of careers, including:

  • administration of justice,
  • corrections (probation, parole, corrections counseling),
  • law enforcement (FBI, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and state and local police agencies, etc.). 

The program aims to prepare graduates for administrative or managerial roles in many of these areas. The program also enhances advanced study opportunities for students interested in law school or graduate school.


The program requires the standard 120 credits for completion of the bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in criminology and 39 credits for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.  Students can utilize elective credits within the Criminology curriculum to take courses that will assist their preparation for the MBA program.  Upon completion of the BA in Criminology, students may qualify to participate in three (3) trimesters in the summer, fall, and spring to complete the MBA degree. Students who are granted regular admission into the MBA program complete their MBA degree in one year. 


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