Welcome to the GVSU School of Criminal Justice.  As part of the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University we are focused on increasing the understanding of justice based issues for students, practitioners, policymakers and community members.  The School of Criminal Justice offers undergraduate degree programs in criminal justice and legal studies; graduate degree in criminal justice; special certification program in our police academy and military basic training academy; paralegal studies certificate.  

The School of Criminal Justice faculty consists of full-time faculty and part-time adjunct faculty members providing local, regional, national, and global perspectives of  crime and justice issues in the classroom and through their scholarship.

Our Mission

Laker for a Lifetime

The Mission of the GVSU School of Criminal Justice is to promote the growth of students through teaching, mentoring, creative scholarship and community engagement.


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Kimberly Koster, B.S. '95, New Wyoming Public Safety Director

April 19, 2018

The first women Chief of Police for Wyoming, Captain Kimberly Koster, a '95 alumna of the GVSU Criminal Justice Program

Dashay Berry-Purnell - Student Scholars Day

April 11, 2018

School of Criminal Justice Graduate Assistant Dashay Berry-Purnell presents at Student Scholars Day.

Dr. Carrie Buist awarded 2018 Milton Ford Faculty Engagement Award

March 28, 2018

Congratulations Dr. Carrie Buist!

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Christina Ledezma, Criminal Justice - Outstanding Master's Thesis

Congratulations to Christina for receiving the Graduate Dean's Citation for Outstanding Master's Thesis - Winter 2018!

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