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BS in Criminology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Criminology or Criminal Justice is a four-year degree program intended for individuals who wish to have a career in the fields of law enforcement, security administration, crime detection, and prevention of correctional administration. The program teaches students the various theories, policies, practices, and laws associated with criminal behavior and the methods applied to manage deviant activities. 

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in BS in Criminology are encouraged to take the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand under the Academic track. The curriculum focuses on human behavior, literature, education, politics, liberal arts, and society. The HUMSS strand will cover relevant topics that may be further discussed in their college lectures. 

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Theories of Crime Causation
  • Human Behavior and Victimology
  • Professional Conduct and Ethical Standards
  • Juvenile Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System
  • Dispute Resolution and Incidents Management
  • Criminological Research

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Criminology  are expected to be able to:

  • Conduct criminological research on crimes, crime causation, victims, and offenders to include deviant behavior
  • Internalize the concepts of human rights and victim welfare
  • Demonstrate competence and broad understanding in law enforcement administration, public safety, and criminal justice
  • Utilize criminalistics or forensic science in the investigation and detection of crime
  • Apply the principles and jurisprudence of criminal law, evidence, and criminal procedure
  • Ensure offenders’ welfare and development of their reintegration to the community

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in university settings, research institutions, prison facilities, or law enforcement agencies.

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

To become a Licensed Criminologist in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Criminology needs to pass the Criminologist Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board of Criminology under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Criminology may pursue a career path in university settings, research institutions, prison facilities, or law enforcement agencies. They may apply as a police patrol officer, forensic photographer, court peace offer, discipline officer, or an investigator.

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Reviews of BS in Criminology graduates:

I. B.
◈ Studied BS in Criminology
◈ At A State University
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Criminology: I choose this course because I wanted to be a lawyer.

list bulletAbout my college education: First, discipline. I never experienced being absent or late at a particular subject, for the entire college years. I have this kind of trauma to professors/teachers since my elem days so I never approach them except during recitation and class discussion. I do not want any praises or attention. Despite my anti social personality, I managed to lead our student council, the school publication, obtain scholarship since 2nd yr, and lastly graduated with honor.

list bulletMy current job: Right now I applied to a security officer job, but also waiting for an opportunity on a government agency. Still in limbo.

Once I get hired, I'll use my income to sustain my graduate school.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation I took the board exam, get my civil service professional, and by February 2015 started to look for a job.

Well, one thing I find really unfair about taking this course, you have to be 5'2 in height, or you have padrino. These are far more powerful than doing your best, getting high grades, honor, passing with flying colors. I wanted to work as police officer but I do not have indigenous relatives for my height waiver. As a consequence, I never had the chance to pass my application form. The only choice left is to apply for admin works. I targeted the government agencies but it took them forever to read my resume.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Be ready of criticism, cursing, failure that you may encounter from the first day of enrollment until graduation. It is very important to master the lobbying, you really have to get some connections and advice from successful people and financial support because it's costly. Above all, don't take this course in doubts and 2nd thought. It will eat you alive.

Aside from gaining experience, try to continue studying not only for promotion and higher salary but as a self development tool.
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