Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ)

Program Overview

a) The Degree Course covers a minimum period of 3 (three)

academic years, that is 6 (six) semesters.

b) A student may obtain the Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree in a shorter period where that student is exempted from one or more years whose courses he must have passed at Diploma A student in this case must have scored 60% and above in the respective courses.

c) A student may take longer than 3 (three) years to obtain the degree where, in the discretion of the Examiners’ Board, he repeats a year or has been allowed a dead year.

d) The degree shall be obtained within a maximum period of 5 (five) academic consecutive years, including, where applicable, a dead year.

 

Course Duration: 3 Years

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Here are some potential career paths for someone with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree:

  1. Law Enforcement Officer: With a BCJ degree, you may be eligible to work as a police officer, detective, or other type of law enforcement agent. You may work at the local, state, or federal level and be responsible for maintaining public safety and enforcing the law.
  2. Corrections Officer: As a corrections officer, you would be responsible for maintaining order and security within a prison or other correctional facility. You may also be responsible for supervising inmates and helping to prepare them for release.
  3. Probation Officer: In this role, you would work with people who have been convicted of a crime but have been given probation instead of serving time in jail or prison. You would help them to abide by the terms of their probation and provide support and guidance as needed.
  4. Private Investigator: A BCJ degree may also prepare you for a career as a private investigator. In this role, you would be responsible for conducting research and gathering evidence related to legal cases or other types of investigations.
  5. Paralegal: With a BCJ degree, you may also be eligible to work as a paralegal. In this role, you would provide support to lawyers by conducting research, drafting legal documents, and assisting with trial preparation.
  6. Security Officer: As a security officer, you would be responsible for maintaining safety and security within a particular location, such as a mall, hospital, or office building.
  7. Crime Analyst: A BCJ degree may also prepare you for a career as a crime analyst. In this role, you would use data and other information to identify patterns and trends related to crime and help law enforcement agencies to develop strategies for addressing them.
  8. Border Patrol Agent: With a BCJ degree, you may be eligible to work as a border patrol agent, responsible for enforcing immigration and customs laws at the border.
  9. Youth Counselor: In this role, you would work with young people who have been involved in the justice system, helping them to develop life skills, cope with trauma, and avoid reoffending.
  10. Court Administrator: With a BCJ degree, you may also be eligible for a career as a court administrator. In this role, you would be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of a court, including scheduling cases, supervising staff, and ensuring that court procedures are followed.

Direct Entry Scheme

At least 5 passes at Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) obtained at the same sitting or its equivalent;

At least 2 principal passes at Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) obtained at the same sitting or its equivalent.

 

Diploma holders

  1. Hold a Credit or Second-Class Diploma in the relevant field from a recognized institution as determined by the University Senate.
  2. At least a Pass (50%) in Mature Entry Examinations.

 

Mature age Entry

  1. The applicant should be 25 years of age and above;
  2. Must have passed mature age entry examinations organized by the National Council for Higher Education.

 

Other

  1. A certificate obtained after 2 years of post UCE study;
  2. Any equivalent qualifications besides UCE and UACE.

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