College of Criminal Justice


The Bachelor of Science in Criminology is a four-year program exploring crime and the roles of justice agencies in responding to criminal activities, criminals, and victims.

The program aims to produce graduates who are professionally competent and morally upright, capable of providing efficient services in crime prevention, detection, investigation, law enforcement, public safety, custody and rehabilitation of offenders, and criminological research. Graduates possess the necessary knowledge, skills, attitude, and values to address criminality issues in the country and meet global challenges in criminal justice.

The B.S. in Criminology program holds Level II Re-accreditation from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA). Faculty members are registered criminologists, industry practitioners, and academic experts in Criminology and Criminal Justice, all holding relevant post-graduate degrees and undergoing continuous worldwide training.

By utilizing PCCR’s library, forensic laboratories, virtual crime scene simulator, and FELX (Fun and Exciting Learning Experience) as our learning management system, we ensure a comprehensive and modern educational experience that stands out as the most extensive among all higher education institutions offering the Criminology program in the Philippines.

Consistently recognized as a top-performing institution in the Professional Regulation Commission’s Criminologists’ Licensure Examination, PCCR’s graduates often secure multiple spots among the top 10 board takers.

A degree in Criminology sets students on the path to fulfilling various roles, such as a lawyer, police officer, jail officer, corrections officer, forensic specialist, data scientist, and more. 

Bachelor of Science in Criminology

Program Goals

According to Commission on Higher Education Memo No. 5, Series of 2018, the BS Criminology program aims to:

  1. Encourage research and inquiry on the nature, causes, treatment, or punishment of criminal behavior and how criminal justice agencies function and respond to crime, criminals, and victims.
  2. Prepare students for careers in crime prevention, law enforcement, scientific crime detection, correctional administration, public safety, and allied fields.
  3. Foster the values of leadership, integrity, accountability, and responsibility while serving their fellowmen, community, and the country.


In the first year of the Bachelor of Science in Criminology program, students will study General Education courses in Psychology, History, Mathematics, Communication, Art, Science, Technology, and Society, Ethics, Filipino, Philippine Literature, and Computer Application. Introductory subjects in the Criminology and Criminal Law and Jurisprudence series will be taken. Required units in Physical Education, including Martial Arts and Arnis, and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, are included. To prepare for the Criminology Licensure Examination, the first part of the three-part Criminology Enhancement Course is available.

The second year of Criminology studies includes more General Education courses, specifically in General Chemistry and Filipino. Required units in Physical Education (First Aid and Water Safety and Marksmanship), and Rizal Studies will be taken. A broader scope in Criminological studies (Theories of Crime Causation), introductory courses in Law Enforcement and Administration (Organization and Administration, Comparative Models in Policing, and Industrial Security Concepts), Crime Detection and Investigation (Fundamental and Specialized Crime Detection and Investigation), and Forensics (Forensic Photography, Identification Techniques, and Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology) will be offered. The first part of the two-part Character Formation course will be tackled, as well as the second part of the three-part Criminology Enhancement Course.

The third year of the Criminology program prepares students for more in-depth courses in Criminal Law and Jurisprudence (Human Rights Education, and Criminal Law Books 1 and 2); Criminology (Human Behavior and Victimology, Professional Conduct and Ethical Standards, and Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice); Forensics (Questioned Documents Examination and Lie Detection Techniques); Law Enforcement and Administration (Law Enforcement Operations and Planning); and Crime Detection and Investigation (the second part of Specialized Crime Investigation, Traffic Management and Accident Investigation, Technical Report Writing, and Fire Protection and Arson Investigation). Two of the three-part Corrections Administration courses (Institutional and Non-Institutional Corrections) will be introduced as well. The second part of the two-part Character Formation course will be discussed, as well as the last part of the three-part Criminology Enhancement Course.

Completing the four-year Criminology program involves the following remaining courses in different areas: Therapeutic Modalities, for Corrections Administration; Vice and Drug Education and Control, Legal Forms, and Cybercrime and Environmental Protection, for Crime Detection and Investigation; Evidence and Criminal Procedure and Court Testimony, for Criminal Law and Jurisprudence; Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management for Criminology; and Forensic Ballistics, for Forensics. To wrap up the Criminology study, students will take thesis subjects (Criminological Research 1 and 2); internships (OJT 1 & 2); and, in preparation for the Criminology Licensure Exam, a Mock Board Course.

Bachelor of Forensic Science

The Bachelor of Forensic Science (BFSci) is a four-year academic program focusing on applying scientific principles and techniques to the legal process for the proper administration of justice. It falls under the Criminal Justice Education (CJE) cluster sanctioned by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in the Philippines. The course is available to Senior High School graduates and ALS completers, as well as degree holders from any field.

In accordance with CHED Memo No. 48, issued in 2012, the majority of subjects in BFSci revolve around criminalistics and forensics. These encompass various disciplines such as forensic photography, forensic chemistry, forensic toxicology, forensic medicine, forensic document examination, forensic dactyloscopy, forensic anthropology, DNA analysis, Disaster Victim Identification (DVI), Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation (FCI), Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), and forensic odontology.


  1. Do I need to enroll in the general subjects I completed in my first course?
    • Answer: No, you can carry over your completed subjects to your new course if they align with the current forensic science curriculum of PCCR.
  2. If I graduated from a four-year course, how long does it take to finish BFSci?
    • Answer: Generally, it takes between 2 to 2.5 years. The exact duration depends on the evaluation of your finished subjects against the current BFSci curriculum at PCCR.


A BFSci graduate may qualify for employment in various Law Enforcement agencies, including the Philippine National Police (PNP, especially crime laboratories), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and similar agencies, provided the graduate holds any of the following appropriate eligibilities:

  • National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Entrance Exam
  • Board/Bar Passer (RA No. 1080)
  • Civil Service Professional
  • CSC Honor Graduate Eligibility – Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Suma Cum Laude (Presidential Decree No. 907)
  • CSC Fire Officer Exam (FOE) for BFP
  • CSC Jail Officer Exam (JOE) for BJMP

BFSci graduates can also find employment in the following fields:

  1. Scientific crime detection
  2. Law Enforcement
  3. Forensic Science education
  4. Foreign or International agencies (e.g., UN and EU)
  5. Research/Analysis/Evaluation of Forensic evidence in Courts of Law.

Additionally, BFSci graduates may pursue careers in specialized areas:

  1. Biological science
  2. Physical Sciences
  3. Medical Sciences
  4. Social Sciences
  5. Law
  6. Computer Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Security Management

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Security Management (BS ISM) involves studying and applying security principles. It prepares graduates for supervisory roles and covers the principles and methods of Risk Management, including interventions for various human conditions. The program also encompasses the study and practice of resource protection from loss or damage.


The BSISM program aims to provide graduates with:

  1. A strong foundation in fundamental theories of industrial security, administration, and an understanding of constitutional guarantees of security.
  2. The ability to prepare programs for practical applications of these fundamental theories.
  3. Comprehensive knowledge of diverse security issues in the industrial setting.
  4. Competencies in designing basic security systems, including corporate and organizational security, internal office security, physical security, business and commercial security, executive protection, intelligence and investigation, and security for vital infrastructures like seaports and airports.
  5. Knowledge, skills, and attitudes for professional careers in Industrial Security Management, covering security requirements for vital installations, private and public security and loss prevention systems, executive protection, information technology security, crime prevention and investigation, and law enforcement under existing laws (CMO 06 s. 2018).


Graduates of the BSISM program can become Officers/Managers/Administrators in:

  1. Critical Infrastructures (energy sector, water utilities, information and communication, transportation, banking and finance, public health, emergency services, agriculture and food, manufacturing, government services, real estate, strategic commercial centers, religious, and cultural sites).
  2. Government Facilities and Law Enforcement (civil security, public safety, crime prevention, fire officer, jail management and penology, police, armed forces).
  3. Corporate Security (asset protection, company security, credit and fraud investigator, guard force services manager, health, safety and environmental security, insurance investigator, loss prevention, risk control, security investigator, accident and traffic investigator, security compliance).
  4. Allied Fields (criminology, forensic science, national security administration, law, public safety, correctional administration, management, etc.).


Graduates are expected to have the ability to:

  1. Conduct cost-effective security surveys, audits, and inspections for private and public institutions.
  2. Conduct risk and impact analysis and loss event profiling for enterprises and state-owned establishments.
  3. Develop and implement competitive intelligence, security, and corporate investigation programs.
  4. Plan and manage contingencies, emergencies, and crises.
  5. Formulate and implement security management plans and programs, including business continuity plans.
  6. Organize, develop, and operate a security guard force and private detective agency.