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BA/Criminal Justice &
Master of Legal Studies

NEXT START Oct. 2023
CREDITS 124 Hours
FORMAT 100% Online


At Trinity, you will be prepared both inside and outside the classroom to excel in the field of criminal justice. Approaching the law through the lens of faith and ethics, you’ll be equipped to make an impact on your community. Earning a BA in Criminal Justice & Master of Legal Studies dual degree will place you ahead of your peers as you pursue your career goals. You will receive degrees from Trinity College as well as Trinity Law School. This program is unlike any other. It’s flexible, practical, and achievable on your schedule.

100% Online Course

Faculty With Real World Experience

8 Convinient Start Dates


Students will be able to apply 15 credits from the MLS towards their undergraduate degree which will reduce the number of required credits from 120 to 105, allowing them to advance into graduate work more quickly. The remaining 15 credits of their MLS incorporates an emphasis in criminal justice. Students graduating with a BA in Criminal Justice & MLS will be able to:

Required Courses (49 hours)
  • CRJ 210 Criminal Courts
  • POL 250 American Government
  • POL 255 Constitutional Law
  • CRJ 300 Legal Writing and Communication
  • CRJ 320 Police and Societal Interactions
  • CRJ 351 Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime
  • CRJ 360 Race, Gender, Ethnicity, & Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 420 Police Response to Protests, Riots, and Disasters
  • CRJ 445 Criminal Justice Internship
  • CRJ 460 Victimology and Restorative Justice
  • CRJ 490 Criminal Justice Seminar
  • MA 285X Statistics
  • SOC 324 Criminology
Required Courses (30 hours)
  • MLS 531 Criminal Law
  • MLS 565 Juvenile Law
  • MLS 575 Law and Theory
  • MLS 505 Philosophy and Theology of Justice
  • MLS 521 Contracts
  • MLS 541 Torts
  • MLS 558 Legal Fundamentals
  • MLS 702 Business Organizations
Choose 2 electives (6 hours)
  • MLS 540 Human Trafficking
  • MLS 565 Juvenile Law and Delinquency
  • MLS 567 Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Criminal Justice
  • MLS 570 Forensic Mental Health
  • MLS 572 Victimology and Restorative Justice
  • MLS 573 Cyber Criminology
  • MLS 575 Law and Theory of Corrections
General education requirements may be met by taking TIU courses, through transfer credit, or through prior learning assessment including credit by examination. No course can satisfy two general education requirements, and only nine (9) credits can simultaneously count for both general education and any major.
Thinking and Living Biblically in the World: 12 Hours
  • BI 105 – Understanding the Old Testament
  • BI 115 – Understanding the New Testament
  • BI 211 – Ethics and the Bible
  • IDS 180 – One Mission, Many Stories
Understanding the World Critically and Creatively: 6 Hours
  • ENG – 105 English Composition
  • ENG 106 – Critical Thinking and Composition
Presentation Intensive Course: 2-3 Hours*
Exploring Other Fields: Minimum 24 Hours*
Total General Education Credits: 44-45 Hours *See course catalog for full list of possible courses to choose from
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Financial Aid

Did you know that nearly 95% of our students receive some form of financial aid? At Trinity we offer scholarships, grants, rebates, and other aid options to help pay for the cost of schooling. Learn more about what is available below or by contacting the Financial Aid Office at [email protected].

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You can obtain your degrees in as little as 4 ½ years through multiple avenues. Both our BA in Criminal Justice and MLS are offered entirely online or in-person, or a combination of both. Get your BA at our Deerfield, IL campus or pursue it entirely online. Our MLS is offered at our law school in Santa Ana, California and is also available entirely online. You get to set the course for your future in the way that works the best for you.


A Trinity BA in Criminal Justice & MLS dual degree sets you up for success in local and federal law enforcement, a career in government or business, and is excellent preparation for law school. Whether you are just starting your career or looking to advance it, this unique degree combination gives you a well-rounded education to excel in your field of choice.


All applicants must have:

  • A high school diploma or successful completion of the GED.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (using a 4.0 scale) for all prior college work or high school work if no prior college credits.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in algebra and computer skills is also required.
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose first language was not English)

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"It brings me great joy to lead a program that brings faith and criminal justice together. Trinity students are well prepared both academically and spiritually to make significant contributions to fields that desperately need God’s love, mercy, and justice. I am proud of the positive impact our alumni are making in their communities on a daily basis for God’s glory."



Our online degree programs are structured to provide you with a true Trinity community experience, even from the comfort of your own home. Plus the convinience and flexibility of online classes and coursework can be made to work for your unique situation and needs. Let us work with you so that you can benefit from the best that Trinity has to offer.