UC Blue Ash College

Pre-Criminal Justice

Associate of Arts

Why study Pre-Criminal Justice?

Criminal justice is an area of public service that employs those in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections at all levels of government, and in both juvenile and adult venues. It is a professional field, interdisciplinary in nature, stressing the major components of the criminal justice system in America.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED (minimum composite score of 45) and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study, including meeting the UC Blue Ash College’s residency requirements and graduating with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. 

High school students who are considering the program should take either the SAT or ACT college entrance examination for use in guidance and counseling. All students entering a degree program must also take the college’s placement tests prior to registering for classes.

You can learn more about applying for admission to UC Blue Ash College and enrollment here.

Students who succeed in the Pre-Criminal Justice program are people who enjoy functioning as part of a team in a system charged with keeping the public safe and maintaining societal order, assisting in the administration of justice, and treating offenders. They are people who demonstrate the willingness to work well with the general public, exhibit excellent communication skills, work well under various levels of supervision, and have an appreciation for cultural diversity.

Students studying criminal justice usually enter careers in policing, courts, corrections, criminal justice planning and administration, crime prevention, research and other related fields.

Current and admitted students can locate advisor contact information for Pre-Criminal Justice via the UCBA advising website.

Obtaining the Associate of Arts degree in Pre-Criminal Justice from UC Blue Ash College allows a student to study the subject in a friendly, teaching-oriented atmosphere with small class sizes and individual attention. In addition, students interested in attaining a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice can complete some of their course work at the Blue Ash campus.

Students seeking to graduate with the Associate's Degree in Pre-Criminal Justice from UC Blue Ash College must meet college residency requirements (i.e. earning > 50 percent of credit hours from Blue Ash College) and achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Students transferring to UC Blue Ash College follow similar procedures as those who are enrolling through open admissions. Please go to admissions for more information on applying to UC Blue Ash College.

Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.

Application Deadlines

The college’s rolling admissions policy allows you to start any semester: fall, spring or summer. However, you are advised to apply for admission at least two weeks prior to the start of any given semester.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Behavioral Science Department
9555 Plainfield Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45236
(513) 745-5655
pre-crim.just@ucblueash.edu