This multi-disciplinary degree program combines aspects of public and business administration with the narrative and practice of justice. Our approach gives students credible education with an eye toward applications into either traditional public sector careers such as law enforcement, criminal investigations or juvenile justice; or, toward the private sector in careers involving corporate investigations and risk mitigation.
- Practitioner faculty: Our faculty members are active practitioners whose experiences enhance discussion and ensure coverage of the most current topics across a broad range of criminology fields.
- Flexible learning options: Upper-division courses are offered entirely online for your convenience. Some lower division coursework is available on campus, or you may complete your entire criminal justice degree online.
- Prior experience: If you have completed an approved criminal justice training academy you may qualify to receive 25 lower-division elective credits. If you have military experience, you may be eligible to earn credit toward your CityU Criminal Justice degree.
- Veterans scholarship: Transitioning veterans looking to start or enhance their career with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree may qualify for a special CityU scholarship.
Completing CityU’s program in criminal justice will give you a foundation to work in corporate or business settings as well as law enforcement, probation, or corrections.
Career Areas that Employ Criminal Justice Graduates
- Justice Administration
- Military And Homeland Security
- Corporate Risk Mitigation
- Corrections And Juvenile Justice
- Criminal Investigations
- Fraud And Oversight Investigation
- Cyber Forensic Investigations
This degree will prepare you to enter a multi-disciplinary field and embark on an impactful career. Set yourself up for success by contacting a CityU adviser today.
Lower Division Requirements (90)
College Mathematics: 5
Social Sciences: 5
Natural Sciences/Mathematics: 10
Upper Division Requirements (90)
Emphasis Requirements (40-45)
A cross-section of public service and industry experience guide the criminal justice program.
Online classes allow us draw upon a national pool of experts. Below are a few of our colleagues who collaborate to build and teach courses. All of them are experienced and skilled practitioners whose ability to communicate their knowledge through our courses is as unique and distinctive as our program.
Dr. Vincenzo A. Sainato is the Criminal Justice Program Director and is an expert in police administration, cybercrime, international crime, and risk analysis.
Dr. Sainato recently joined the faculty at CityU as both an Associate Professor and the Program Director for the Criminal Justice program. In 2009 he completed his doctorate in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. His dissertation comprised a new elaboration on Situational Crime Prevention as a tool for oversight and governance of CJ agencies and their design and use of databases and data systems.
In summer of 2009 Dr. Sainato joined the faculty at Loyola University in New Orleans. There he directed and built an online masters program in criminal justice while also working as a deputy in the Patrol Division for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office.
Dr. Sainato has over a twenty-year career that began in the early 1990’s as a student and freelance web designer in the renowned Industrial Design program at the Cleveland Institute of Art. That interest grew into a career and by the mid-1990s he was working across the US and Europe designing, developing, and securing complex information systems for Fortune 500 corporations and renowned brands such as Chase Bank, Nike, Rolls Royce, Apple, Citibank, British Airways, Budweiser, Kodak, IBM, and many others.
During 9/11 Dr. Sainato was working for a software firm in the World Trade Center, following that incident, decided to start fresh and change careers. Returning to school in 2002 he earned his undergraduate degree in International Criminal Justice from New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice while working at the United Nations University, a UN think tank, as a researcher. At John Jay he focused his studies on economic development, crime, and corporate risk in East Asia. Dr. Sainato was awarded a Presidential Fellowship from Fordham University in New York City where in 2006 he completed a dual Masters in International Political Economy and Development and the other in Economics.
Dr. Sainato also holds an M.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a M.Phil in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York. Dr. Sainato has a series of publications concerning forensic technologies and evidentiary collection, cyber investigations, and data breaches. He is currently working on a number of research projects set for publication concerning justice administration issues, in particular, victimization of migrant workers and police responses, bail outcomes for defendants, and the use/misuse by police agencies and officers of off-duty freelance policing (paid details).
In addition to his research and teaching duties Dr. Sainato has given testimony in criminal cases (LA. 24th District) as an expert witness on matters of criminology and cybercrime. He looks forward to the opportunity to also work in the field in a reserve law enforcement capacity in Washington State.
Dr. Erik Fretheim (Lt. Col., US Army retired) is a Professor and Executive Director at CityU. He is an expert in information security, cyber warfare, and advanced biometric security technologies.
Dr. Erik Fretheim is a Professor and Executive Director of The Technology Institute @ City University of Seattle where he is also the program director for graduate technology programs. Professor Fretheim is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and received his MSEE and PhD from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He also has an MBA from Long Island University. He retired from the US Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel after a career working in communications positions and being assigned for 19 years as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the United States Military Academy, West Point.
In Iraq, LTC Fretheim served as the MNSTCI deputy G-6 and CPATT C-6 on General Petraeus’s staff with responsibility for designing and installing a comprehensive suite of communications systems to support the Iraqi government including the police, highway patrol, border patrol, and the military. This included systems from hand-held radios for police, to building the National Command Center, the National Joint Operations Center and the Prime Minster’s situation room, managing a budget of just under $1Bn.
Dr. Fretheim a Senior Manager for MCI Data Services where he designed and implemented network management and support systems for all high speed data networks, including the NFS Very High Speed Backbone Network and the CoREN networks which represented the first commercial Internet backbone. Dr. Fretheim subsequently worked as the Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer number of start-up and other small to mid-sized companies. He has also spent time as a consultant specialized in rescuing underperforming technology organizations.
Dr. Fretheim has done research across a broad array of areas including VLSI circuit design, vision systems, networking and network management, peer-to-peer search engines, micro-power generation management, and cyber security. He invented the carry-multiplex adder which provides the theoretically optimal space-time coefficient and is used in all large scale microprocessors. His algorithm for foveal pre-processing is foundational in most facial recognition systems. Dr. Fretheim has been involved with Cyber War competitions since the NSA sponsored the first competition at West Point.
John F. Cataldi is an expert in counter-espionage, complex investigations, terrorism, and administration.
Mr. Cataldi retired after more than 30 years of government service, the last 25 years of which was served in the FBI. His eclectic experiences include those of being a farm laborer, merchant seaman, Army Combat Engineer, US Army Special Forces A-Team Leader (5th SFGA, Fort Bragg, NC), FBI agent and FBI leader. Mr. Cataldi is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point and holds a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Loyola University, New Orleans.
Mr. Cataldi’s FBI tours were with the New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Kansas City offices and FBI Headquarters. His Special Agent investigative experiences include Violent Gangs, Drugs, Organized Crime and Homicides as well as numerous task force endeavors with local and state police. Mr. Cataldi was fortunate to spend many years as an operator in highly specialized technical endeavors of a classified nature involving joint worldwide operations with other members of the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense to include the combat theaters of Afghanistan and Iraq. His supervisory leadership experiences with the FBI include Violent Gangs, Intelligence, and Special Operations. Prior to retiring, Mr. Cataldi was Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) in Kansas City for the programs of Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, Intelligence, Cyber Crimes and Special Operations.
Dr. John DeCarlo is an expert in police administration, crime prevention, leadership, and innovation.
He was formerly the chief of The Branford, Connecticut police department. He was a police officer for 34 years. While with Branford PD, Chief DeCarlo successfully brought the agency into compliance with national accreditation standards and initiated extensive community and problem oriented policing programs. During his first six months as chief of the Branford PD, he instituted programs which lowered the crime rate 20% and the motor vehicle collision rate by 80%. Chief DeCarlo is a graduate of the PERF Senior Management Institute for Police and attended the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, VA and the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development School.
During the1990s, Dr. DeCarlo co-founded a software technology firm where he acted as director of research and development. The company went on to become the leading supplier of police records management, crime analysis and computer aided dispatch software in the Northeast. DeCarlo has a Ph.D. in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
His research interests are in all facets of policing and eyewitness identification. DeCarlo formerly served as an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. He is currently employed full time as an associate professor at John Jay College and serves as an outside advisor and curriculum evaluator to CityU.
Cdr. Tim Gately is an expert in police supervision, management, and public administration.
Tim Gately currently serves as an Operations Commander for the City of Redmond, Washington Police Department. Prior to joining the Redmond Police Department in 2004, Cdr. Gately worked as a Washington State Patrol Trooper in the Bellevue and Seattle offices for five years. Cdr. Gately holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from City University of Seattle and is currently completing his Executive Master of Public Administration course work at the Daniel J. Evan’s School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, Seattle (E.M.P.A. 2014, Cohort 10).
During his tenure at the Washington State Patrol, Cdr. Gately served in the Field Operations Bureau (Bellevue) and Vessel and Terminal Security for the Washington State Ferries (now the Homeland Security Division, Seattle). At the City of Redmond, Cdr. Gately served as a Patrol Officer, Drug Recognition Expert, Public Information Officer, Detective, & Lieutenant. His current assignment includes shared oversight of daily operations, including Uniformed Patrol, Records, and Evidence. He is an Associate member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and co-authored an article detailing Redmond’s commitment to combating regional fraud (Karen Lissy and Tim Gately, “Combating Financial Fraud and ID Theft through Regional Partnerships,” The Police Chief 80 (June 2013): 64-68.)
Jessica Giner, Esq specializes in criminal law and procedure and sex offender prosecutions.
Jessica Giner is an attorney in private practice, specializing in criminal law. Prior to establishing her solo practice, Ms. Giner served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for seven years. Ms. Giner’s experience includes serving in the Appellate and Juvenile Units, before prosecuting felony sex offenses in the Special Assault Unit. Ms. Giner currently serves on the Washington State Pattern Instruction Committee’s Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Subcommittee, where she collaboratively drafts instructions to be utilized by jurors in deliberating cases involving a charge of failing to register as a sex offender. Ms. Giner has instructed other prosecutors on procedures for prosecuting felony sex offense cases on a statewide basis through the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.
Ms. Giner received her Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law as a Presidential Law Scholar and National Association of Women Judges scholarship recipient.
Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson is an expert in police innovation and administration.
Jeremiah serves as an “Acting Lieutenant” with the Darien Police Department (CT) and is a criminal justice scholar. He is a graduate of the 290th session of the Connecticut POSTC Police Academy, the 49th annual Fairfield County Detectives Conference, the First Line Supervisor Course at Roger Williams University’s Justice System Training & Research Institute, and the Innovations in Police Management course at the University of New Haven.
During his law enforcement career Jeremiah has worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, accreditation manager, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant and acting lieutenant.
Jeremiah is concurrently employed in an adjunct capacity at Western Connecticut State University. He has taught courses at the undergraduate or graduate level in criminology, police administration, leadership, public administration, research methods, and performance measurement.
Other experience includes service as an accreditation assessor for the State of Connecticut and the Connecticut Police Accreditation Coalition (CONNPAC). He has also served the Darien Police Association as Vice President and as a member of the contract negotiation team. Jeremiah was privileged to be an invited observer at the November, 2012 Harvard Kennedy School/National Institute of Justice Executive Session that met in Cambridge, MA.
Jeremiah holds a BA in Sociology from Geneva College, an MS in Justice Administration from Western Connecticut State University, and an MA in Criminal Justice from John Jay College. His doctoral dissertation is on the topic of how police agencies effectively (or not) initiate and sustain innovation in leadership, administration, and policy. He is expected defend his dissertation and graduate in May, 2014.
Chief Jeffery Kumorek (ret.) is an expert in police administration, criminal investigation, and emergency management.
Mr. Kumorek is a consultant, investigator and security specialist with a 40-year career in public service. Though his work history includes running the second largest jail in Indiana, he has also been Chief, Deputy Chief and Director of Emergency Management for the City of Gary and Executive Director for the Partnership for a Drug-Free Lake County. Prior to that Mr. Kumorek was a Chicago Police Department investigator working for many years in the intelligence unit.
His law enforcement education began as a cadet training at the Chicago Police Academy. Mr. Kumorek was a Staff Sergeant in the Illinois Army National Guard and graduated from City Colleges of Chicago (AD, Criminal Justice); Calumet College of St. Joseph (BS, Law Enforcement Management) and Loyola University of New Orleans (MS, Criminal Justice Administration). His experience in leadership and management is wide-ranging, from major metro sting operations in Chicago to implementing a mobile data terminal system in Gary and most recently, working to bring the 1000-bed Lake County Jail into compliance with a DOJ Consent Decree. He runs a consultancy in Gary, Indiana specializing in site security, investigations, and policy analysis.
Iara Rodriguez, Esq specializes criminal law, corporate fraud, cybercrime and data privacy law.
Iara Rodriguez is a multi faceted law professional with experiences ranging from serving in the Public Defender’s Office for the Jurisdiction of Puerto Rico, to creating Domestic Violence Courses for the Puerto Rico Police Academy, and serving as a Civil Rights observer and advocate.After leaving the Public Defenders office, Ms. Rodriguez started her own practice, in which she represented police officers accused of crimes through the C.O.P.S. Association in Puerto Rico, served in the Committee for Judiciary Appointments Reviews for the Puerto Rico Bar Association, and extended her practice to criminal and civil matters.
Aside from her law degree Ms. Rodriguez holds a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Loyola University of New Orleans with a specialization in cyber forensic investigations. She is an Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society member, and member of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section. She has prepared and imparted community service seminars on “Natural and Cyber disaster preparedness” amongst others.
Presently, Ms. Rodriguez resides in the State of Florida and is an adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice, at Ana G. Mendez Metro Orlando Campus. Additionally,she is presently a Consultant in Corporate and Government Fraud, in conjunction with C.P.A’s and I.T. specialists, through her private consulting endeavors; and a sole practitioner in Federal Administrative practice of Immigration and Social Security law Matters.
Suzanne W. Sainato, Esq specializes in evaluating corporate operational, regulatory, and financial reporting risks.
Suzanne Webb Sainato is a Vice President and Chief Audit and Compliance Officer at the Washington-based financial services firm, Symetra. In this role, Suzanne leads the internal audit and compliance departments, which evaluate operational, regulatory, and financial reporting risks at Symetra. Suzanne joined Symetra as the Chief Compliance Officer in April 2012 after serving as the Chief Compliance Officer for Pan-American Life’s Domestic Markets division. She assumed additional internal audit responsibilities in August 2013.
Prior to her role at Pan-American Life, Suzanne was an insurance product and litigation attorney at MetLife and an insurance and securities litigator at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett law firm. At MetLife, Suzanne led higher risk agent investigations and regulatory examinations involving potential fraud and misconduct and advised on legal risks to pertaining to electronic transactions. At Simpson Thacher, Suzanne’s work included the defense of a $3.5 billion property insurance coverage dispute involving the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
Suzanne is a graduate of Yale University (BS), University of Alabama School of Law (JD, with honors), and Loyola University New Orleans (MBA, with honors). She is also a member of the board of directors for Symetra Securities Inc. and the Bellevue College Foundation.
Suzanne has been a speaker at several conferences regarding compliance best practices, including vendor/third party administrator oversight and training.
Dr. Robert Edward Tarwacki, Sr. is an expert in polygraphy, cybercrime and complex investigations, policy analysis, and organizational management.
Dr. Tarwacki received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2011. The program is domiciled at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He also holds a specialization in Inspection and Oversight. Dr. Tarwacki has taught within the Public Administration Department of John Jay College for 8 years, presenting courses in Court Administration, Organization Theory and Management, Investigative Technique, Ethics, and Policy Analysis and Planning. He achieved a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree in Police Science from John Jay College, CUNY. Dr. Tarwacki is currently an Assistant Professor at Loyola University, New Orleans, where he teaches the online specialization in Cyber Forensics Investigation and Administration, a part of the online Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program.He has recently retired from law enforcement after dedicating 25 years to public service as a Senior Detective-Investigator in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. His career has been divided among such assignments as Homicide, White Collar Crime, Non-Traditional Organized Crime, Internal Security, and Labor Racketeering. His last year was spent assisting in the formation and establishment of a Cybercrime and Identity Theft Unit with DANY. He received his training in cyber forensics through the National White Collar Crime Center and is a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association. Dr. Tarwacki also held the title of Investigation Bureau Director of Training and was responsible for authoring their Bureau Manual in 1990 and providing major revisions to that manual in 2011. He has been certified by the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services, Municipal Police Training Council as a Police Instructor of general topics and as a Firearms and Tactics Instructor.
As a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Certified Polygraphists, Dr. Tarwacki has been called upon to test witnesses and defendants in many high profile cases as well as to review the opinions of other polygraphists who submit exam results on behalf of defendants in criminal cases. His expertise has been established in New York State Supreme court in the areas of Polygraph, Structure of Violent Narcotics Gangs, and Police Firearms and Tactics.
Dr. Tarwacki’s doctoral dissertation, entitled “Perceptions of Quality in Criminal Investigations: Police Investigators, Supervisors and Prosecutors,” is an exploratory research project which examines the factors that contribute to high quality police investigations.
Dr. Tarwacki serves as an outside advisor and curriculum evaluator to CityU.
Roland Taylor is an expert in international crime and public-private partnerships, cybercrime, and police management/rule of law in post war/critical incident nations.
Mr. Taylor has had a most unusual career. He is currently a Program Manager for Bering Straits Native Corporation and was formerly a Program Manager with BAE Systems- a global defense, security, and aerospace firm. His current focus is on projects with the Department of State’s Criminal Justice Program Support which is, approximately, a $10 billion dollar effort to support rule of law around the world.
Mr. Taylor’s portfolio of past projects includes international police support program projects in post-war Kosovo and Haiti. These bi-lateral projects involved significant investments of resources and expenditures into the hundreds of millions.
Mr. Taylor’s law enforcement career spanned from 1980 to 2000. He was a commissioned peace officer in a rural municipality in Louisiana where he rose to the rank of sergeant; however in 1999 he was selected by the U.S. Department of State to take-on a very important task.
When East Timor declared itself as an independent nation there was an international call for police professionals from around the world to help build a justice system- following years of human rights and other abuses by neighboring Indonesia. Mr. Taylor completed his tour of duty as the Acting Deputy Police Commissioner of Operations of the United Nations (UN) mission in East Timor (Asia Pacific) with operational command of 1,500 police personnel from 52 countries. The primary task was to develop a new democratic national police service and to support the UN Security Council’s goals.
Mr. Taylor has completed numerous police training and instructor courses from the FBI, FLETC, DOJ, and Northwestern University Traffic Institute. He is an associate member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
Mr. Taylor is highly experienced as a trainer and instructor in both law enforcement and human intelligence skills both domestically and internationally. He has held director of training level positions for BAE Systems, L-3Com, MPRI, and DynCorp. He has taught at the regional police academy level and in the intelligence community on a range of skills.
Mr. Taylor is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University (Nebraska). He also holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (cyberforensic specialization) from Loyola University of New Orleans. His other academic honors include his induction into Pi Gamma Mu, National Honor Society for Social Sciences and Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
Captain Dennis Thornton has extensive experience in death investigations, interrogation techniques, ethics, and forensic evidence collection.
Captain Thornton is employed with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, which polices a substantial area of metropolitan New Orleans. He has been with the agency for thirty-five years and holds the rank of Captain and commands the Homicide Division. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in 2009.
Most of his experience focuses on investigating and supervising death investigations and various other violent crimes; however, he worked with local and federal officials, post-Hurricane Katrina, and oversaw the make-shift morgues and collection of the victim remains, in the entire metropolitan New Orleans area, following the 2005 tragedy.
Captain Thornton has been instructing in undergraduate and graduate courses in criminal justice since 2012. He graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree in 1991. He later pursued graduate work, obtaining a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Indiana State University in 2010. His graduate research focused on Hispanic victimization both pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina in metropolitan New Orleans. Captain Thornton is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Urban Studies with a concentration on poverty, crime and mental health at the University of New Orleans.
Captain Thornton is a member of several professional organizations, including American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA) and has lectured at a number of professional conferences on matters of forensics and death investigations.
Take a Tour of an Online Course
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