College Program

College of Criminal Justice

Welcome Message from the Dean

The criminal justice system is the network of multiple, interrelated pillars, consisting of multiple government agencies namely: law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and corrections and those composing the non-formal pillar called community. These pillars are fashioned to support the ideals of legal justice – the result of forging the rights of individuals with the government’s corresponding duty to ensure and protect those rights referred to as due process. The College of Criminal Justice students are imbued with solid moral values, ethical leadership, and nothing but truth and honor.


You will carry with you a flagship program for justice dispensation as we prepare you for careers in public safety. You will be trained not only for academic excellence but also to cater to the needs of the community you will serve. 


Dr. Yolanda S. Lira

Dean, College of Criminal Justice

College History

The year 1999 marked the first Licensure Examination for Criminologists taken and passed by seven (7) of its graduates following the University’s establishment in 1995 formerly known as City College of Manila. The School of Criminology received its first Certificate of Recognition from Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for Ranking No. 1 (Category C) in the 2002 Licensure Examination for Criminology.

College Overview

The College of Criminal Justice (CCJ) focuses on the study of crime and delinquency as a social phenomenon. Its scope includes law making, law breaking, as well as the various agencies charged with the administration of justice. It prepares the students for a career in law enforcement, correctional administration, public safety, and allied fields.

College Vision and Mission


A cradle of the nation’s best Criminologists, criminal justice professionals, and public safety and security officers, who are equipped with theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and moral values in addressing the problem of local and transnational crimes, and the competence to meet the challenges of global policing.



To provide the community with professionally competent, service-oriented, and morally upright graduates who can deliver efficient and effective crime prevention, law enforcement, and public safety and security services among others; credible and scientific crime detection and investigation; humane custody and rehabilitation of criminal offenders; and scientific criminological research.

College Core Values

S – Public Safety

A – Accountability

F – Fairness and Equality

E – Excellent Service

The College Logo

Figure 1: UDM CCJ Logo

Meaning and Description:

  • The Six Stars represents the six districts of Manila
  • The Blue Pentagon represents the five pillars of Criminal Justice System
  • The Book represents knowledge
  • The torch represents enlightenment
  • The Scale represents justice
  • The Scroll represents the Core Values of the College of Criminology – Excellence, Fortitude, and Service

The College Color

  • The College of Criminal Justice is represented by the color Maroon which stands for responsibility and thoughtfulness. Graduates of the UDM Criminology program are known to be courageous and brave, with an impeccable sense of heroism.

Competitive Advantage

  • We are the number 1 Criminology school in NCR
  • The college carries a flagship program of UDM where it nurtures students towards academic excellence and embed in their character, the passion to make a difference in forging legal justice and in enhancing public safety.
  • Cited as the “top performing school” in NCR, the college of criminal justice is totally committed to help students deepen their knowledge on how to professionally excel and confidently serve and protect lives in a changing world.


Bachelor of Science in Criminology

The field of criminology is the study of crime and the various agencies of justice as they operate and react to crime, criminals and victims. It is therefore the mission of the Criminology program to provide the community with professionally competent and morally upright graduates who can deliver efficient and effective services in crime prevention, crime detection and investigation, law enforcement, public safety, custody and rehabilitation of offenders, criminological research, among others.

Universidad De Manila is one of the two locally funded higher-education institutions of Manila offering free college education to the city’s under-privileged students.