Earn Two Degrees in 4.5 Years

Criminal Justice: Dual BA & Master of Legal Studies Program

At Trinity, the BA in Criminal Justice & Master of Legal Studies (MLS) dual degree program prepares you for success in local and federal law enforcement, government, or business. It is also excellent preparation if you desire to eventually pursue a JD. Whether you are just starting your career or looking to advance it, this unique degree combination gives you the well-rounded education to excel in your field in less time—for less money.

2 Degrees. 2 Schools. 1 Institution.

Two Degrees. Two Programs.

  • Get your BA from Trinity College
  • Get your Master of Legal Studies from Trinity Law School

Program Outcomes

Students graduating with a BA in Criminal Justice & Master of Legal Studies will be able to:

  • Understand the ethics of criminal justice
  • Recognize and resolve ethical issues by applying knowledge of secular law and biblical principles
  • Effectively interact with attorneys regarding the application of legal solutions to
    business and ministry challenges

Program Testimonials

ARDEL CHRISTIAN, ’19
MAJOR: Criminal Justice, Emphasis in Legal Studies

“Professor Loftin: Just wanted to let you know that I have finally stepped into my career field. I am currently a Pre-Trial Probation Officer in Lake County. I couldn’t have made it this far without you. I am grateful for your teachings, and I am definitely still using everything I learned from class.”

GUY LOFTIN, JD
Assistant Professor Criminal Justice

“It brings me great joy to lead a program that brings faith and criminal justice together. Trinity’s students are well prepared both academically and spiritually to make significant contributions to fields that desperately need God’s love, mercy, and justice. I am proud of the positive impact our alumni are making in their communities on a daily basis for God’s glory.”

For more information, contact Trinity College at
847.317.7000

Flexible Modalities

The bachelor’s program is offered entirely online, in-person, or a combination
of both. MLS courses are offered exclusively online through Trinity Law School to provide you with tremendous flexibility.

How It Works

As early as sophomore year, students submit an abbreviated application to Trinity Law School for acceptance into the MLS. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Up to 15 hours of MLS instruction can be credited toward the criminal justice major, so you can get both degrees with just one additional semester!