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Online colleges offer criminal justice programs as a multi-disciplinary degree and prospective online students can choose a career path from a variety of concentrations or majors such as forensic science, corrections, criminology, homeland security, juvenile justice, and human services. Multiple start dates of online degree programs and student support services allow busy individuals the flexibility they need to balance work, family and life.

With the increasing number of high-tech crimes, students who would like to enter this field can look forward to technological advances playing a key role in law enforcement. Pre-crime technology can enable law enforcement professionals to use data-driven predictive policing as well as a network of drones to foster crime prevention. Law enforcement officials are likely to see the increasing use of technology in forensics, social media to engage communities, facial recognition for surveillance and data analytics for proactive law enforcement, informs the University of San Diego.

The field is becoming competitive and having a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice can help you qualify for higher positions with more pay.

Online Bachelor's in Criminal Justice

Prerequisites:

High school diploma or GED

Typical Duration:

Four years

No. of online colleges offering this program:

142

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    Our ranking of the 20 best accredited online criminal justice bachelor's degree programs uses data from Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Our methodology includes factors that can be important to you as an online student such as tuition, percentage of overall distance education students in the college, student-faculty ratio, career placement services. We invite you to take a detailed look at our methodology.

    1
    Indiana Institute of Technology, Fort Wayne, IN-
    Admission Rate
    76%
    Graduation Rate
    34%
    No. of Online Programs
    22
    Tuition Fees
    $25,940
    Program Offered:
    Online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The program aims to ground students with an interest in a criminal justice profession in knowledge of the field, especially in corrections and law enforcement practices and administration
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online program
    • Classes are asynchronous, held in 8-week or 16-week sessions
    Quality Factors:
    • Hampton University is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally-accredited from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    Credit Hours:
    • 120 credit hours
    • The university may accept transfer credits from previously attended accredited institutions in programs where the student has acquired a grade of C or higher
    Differentiators:
    • Students may complete a capstone project as an opportunity to gain practical experience in a professional environment
    • Various scholarly materials, services and facilities are available to online students through the library website
    • Guidance and resources from the writing center and personal counseling services are also available
    Type of Institute:

    Private, not-for-profit

    Scholarships Offered:
    • OSHER Reentry Scholarship
    • Brian Terry Scholarship
    • Alpha Phi Sigma Best Paper Scholarship

    Visit the school website for more information. Please note that the scholarships are awarded to only those who qualify.

    2
    Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH-
    Admission Rate
    N/A
    Graduation Rate
    N/A
    No. of Online Programs
    24
    Tuition Fees
    $12,720
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management. The program is specifically designed to prepare students for advancement to supervisory, management and executive positions within the criminal justice system.
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online program
    • Classes start every 8 weeks
    • Allows for accelerated degree completion, where students may possibly earn 8 credits in 8 weeks
    Quality Factors:
    • Union Institute and University is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
    Credit Hours:
    • A minimum of 120 credit hours
    • The university may accept up to 90 semester hours in transfer credits from accredited institutions in programs where the student has acquired a grade of C or higher
    Differentiators:
    • Electives on offer are capital punishment, drugs in society, critical incident management and the role of criminal justice in terrorism
    • Optional concentrations are forensic science management or homeland security
    • Students may be required to complete a research project as a culminating graduation requirement
    • The program may enable law enforcement professionals with basic academy training and transfer credits to earn a degree in as little as 12 months
    • Access to a variety of scholarly materials and research assistance
    • Access to writing assistance, one-on-one tutoring, career counseling and resources to aid in professional development
    Type of Institute:

    Private, not-for-profit

    Scholarships Offered:

    A few of the scholarships the university offers to those who qualify include:

    • Salmon Foundation Scholarship
    • Women in Union Scholarship

    Visit the school website for more details.

    3
    Hampton University, Hampton, VA-
    Admission Rate
    36%
    Graduation Rate
    56%
    No. of Online Programs
    24
    Tuition Fees
    $22,630
    Program Offered:
    Online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The program aims to ground students with an interest in a criminal justice profession in knowledge of the field, especially in corrections and law enforcement practices and administration
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online program
    • Classes are asynchronous, held in 8-week or 16-week sessions
    Quality Factors:
    • Hampton University is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally-accredited from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    Credit Hours:
    • 120 credit hours
    • The university may accept transfer credits from previously attended accredited institutions in programs where the student has acquired a grade of C or higher
    Differentiators:
    • Students may complete a capstone project as an opportunity to gain practical experience in a professional environment
    • Various scholarly materials, services and facilities are available to online students through the library website
    • Guidance and resources from the writing center and personal counseling services are also available
    Type of Institute:

    Private, not-for-profit

    Scholarships Offered:
    • OSHER Reentry Scholarship
    • Brian Terry Scholarship
    • Alpha Phi Sigma Best Paper Scholarship

    Visit the school website for more information. Please note that the scholarships are awarded to only those who qualify.

    4
    Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL-
    Admission Rate
    58%
    Graduation Rate
    48%
    No. of Online Programs
    62
    Tuition Fees
    $21,600
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. The program aims to help the working criminal justice professional develop knowledge and leadership skills required to advance to administrative levels in the criminal justice system. It may also help students pursue graduate programs in criminal justice administration and related fields
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online program
    • The program has six convenient start dates throughout the year over three semesters: fall, spring and summer. Classes may be held in either eight-week or 16-week terms
    Quality Factors:
    • Saint Leo University is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    • Saint Leo University is an approved educational partner of the FBI National Academy Associates, a global law enforcement professional network
    Credit Hours:
    • A total of 120 credit hours
    • A maximum of 64 credit hours for programs in which the student received a minimum grade of C can be transferred from previously attended community or junior colleges
    Differentiators:
    • Concentrations include organized crime, white collar crime, evidence collection and preservation and cold case homicide investigation
    • Option of specializing in either criminalistics or homeland security
    • Students who do not have prior criminal-justice-related professional experience may opt for an intensive professional field placement to gain practical experience
    • Electives credit may also be awarded for basic police and corrections academy training or other approved criminal justice training
    • Access to the library website and the "ask-a-librarian" feature to access the library's various resources and services
    • Student advisors are assigned to help with academic planning. They may also have access to career development services, virtual student clubs and associations and opportunities to interact with other students, faculty and industry leaders through virtual activities
    • Opportunity to become active members of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society
    Type of Institute:

    Private, not-for-profit

    Scholarships Offered:
    • Dr. Michael Rogich WorldWide Endowed Scholarship
    • Center for Online Learning Endowed Scholarship

    Scholarships are offered to those who qualify. Visit website for a complete list.

    5
    Granite State College, Concord, NH-
    Admission Rate
    N/A
    Graduation Rate
    14%
    No. of Online Programs
    39
    Tuition Fees
    $7,368
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The program aims to prepare students for an entry-level profession or career advancement in criminal justice by helping them develop a working knowledge of criminology, constitutional law, corrections, probation, parole and advocacy
    Flexibility:
    • Available fully online
    Quality Factors:
    • Granite State College is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education
    Credit Hours:
    • A minimum of 120 semester credit hours
    • A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from previously attended accredited institutions from programs with grades of C or higher
    Differentiators:
    • Electives on offer are human services and the helping process, managing conflict, crisis intervention and child abuse and neglect
    • Option of completing an independent research project, internship or practicum, or a work-related or other applied project
    • Access to scholarly materials 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Access to research help and guidance
    Type of Institute:

    Public

    Scholarships Offered:

    A few of the scholarships the university offers, to those who qualify, include:

    • Unique Endowment/Allocation Program
    • Dollars For Scholars

    For details, please visit the school website.

    6
    Mercer University, Macon, GA+
    Admission Rate
    73%
    Graduation Rate
    64%
    No. of Online Programs
    15
    Tuition Fees
    $24,180
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership. The program aims to develop in students the capacity to think critically, make ethical decisions and behave ethically and professionally within the field of criminal justice.
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online program
    • Enrollments begin five times per year in August, October, January, March and May
    • Students may need to login to the classes three times a week during the semester and may have to adhere to schedule and deadlines. Some online classes may require scheduled synchronous virtual class meetings or proctored final exams
    Quality Factors:
    • Mercer University is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    Credit Hours:
    • A total of 120 semester hours
    • Up to 64 credits hours may be transferred from previously attended accredited institutions for programs in which the student received a grade of C or higher
    Differentiators:
    • Electives on offer are juvenile justice, probation and parole, family law and homeland security
    • Students may have the opportunity to become active members of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society
    • Access to variety of online scholarly materials and resources from the library as well as reference and research assistance from professional librarians
    • Each student is assigned an academic faculty advisor who helps them plan for academic success
    • Various career development resources and career consultations available to online students
    Type of Institute:

    Private, not-for-profit

    Scholarships Offered:

    Several federal and state funding programs are available to eligible students. These are just a few of the scholarships the university offers:

    • Shawn Sukumar Criminal Justice Reform Scholarship
    • Kush Arora Federal Criminal Justice Reform Scholarship

    Please visit the school website for more information.

    7
    Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC+
    Admission Rate
    68%
    Graduation Rate
    33%
    No. of Online Programs
    12
    Tuition Fees
    $2,982
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. If you are interested in learning more information about the criminal justice system and its role in our society, and this program may be right for you.
    Flexibility:
    • It is an online degree completion program and may be offered in a hybrid format
    • No set time for classes, but students may be expected to adhere to submission dates and deadlines
    Quality Factors:
    • Fayetteville State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association on Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    Credit Hours:
    • A total of 120 credit hours
    • Up to 90 credits hours may be transferred from previously attended accredited institutions for programs in which the student received a grade of C or higher
    Differentiators:
    • The program is the first criminal justice program in the state of North Carolina to be certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
    • Electives on offer are police and society, drugs and crime, white collar crime and comparative criminal justice
    • Students may have the opportunity to complete a capstone project involving research. They may also gain practical experience by completing an internship in a supervised work environment at a criminal justice agency
    • Students may earn credits for academy training (such as Basic Law Enforcement Training or BLET, Fire Fighter and Correctional Officer)
    • Access to scholarly materials available at the on-campus library as well as its various online services and resources
    Type of Institute:

    Public

    Scholarships Offered:
    • Chancellor's Special Talent Scholarship
    • Mary Ann Bolden Memorial Criminal Justice Scholarship
    • Barbara Massey Scholarship

    Please visit the school website to see a complete list. Scholarships are awarded to eligible students only.

    8
    American Public University System, Charles Town, WV+
    Admission Rate
    N/A
    Graduation Rate
    41%
    No. of Online Programs
    154
    Tuition Fees
    $6,480
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice; Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The arts program aims to provide students with grounding in knowledge of U.S. law enforcement, investigations, law, criminology and community relations. The science program aims to educate students in areas such as the scientific study of crime, criminal behavior, digital forensics investigations and the importance of scientific analysis as evidence presented in the criminal justice system.
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online program
    • Asynchronous
    • Programs may have monthly start dates and are delivered in eight-week or 16-week formats
    Quality Factors:
    • The American Public University System is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
    • APUS has received five Effective Practice Awards since 2009 from the Online Learning Consortium. The university also received OLC's Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education in 2009
    Credit Hours:
    • A total of 120 credits
    • Up to 90 credit hours may be transferred from previously attended institutions
    Differentiators:
    • For the arts program, four concentrations are available -- maritime law enforcement, organizational law enforcement leadership, entrepreneurship or a general concentration
    • For the science program, concentrations include digital forensics, which focuses on cybercrime and computer forensics
    • Students may be required to complete a 16-week capstone project in forensic law enforcement
    • Access to online scholarly materials, reference resources and self-help tools, as well as research and reference guidance
    • Academic advising, career coaching services and program specific online career development resources are available
    Type of Institute:

    Private, for-profit

    Scholarships Offered:

    A few of the scholarships the university offers to those who qualify are:

    • The Brady Cobin Law Scholarship
    • Adrian Rubin Scholarship
    • The Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes and Tragos

    Please visit the website for more information.

    9
    Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY+
    Admission Rate
    87%
    Graduation Rate
    44%
    No. of Online Programs
    45
    Tuition Fees
    $8,996
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice. The program aims to equip students with the leadership skills and competency-based approaches needed for a career in criminal justice.
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online program
    • Offered in two 8-week terms in the fall and spring semesters and two 6-week terms in the summer
    • Approximately 6 start dates each calendar year
    Quality Factors:
    • Eastern Kentucky University is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    Credit Hours:
    • A total of 120 credit hours
    • A maximum of 90 credit hours may be transferred from previously attended institutions for programs for which the student has acquired a 2.0 grade point average
    Differentiators:
    • Electives on offer are areas of corrections, law and juvenile justice and policing
    • Access to scholarly materials and various online resources are available for research
    • Access to online tutoring and assistance
    • Access to online career exploration, webinars and other resources
    Type of Institute:

    Public

    Scholarships Offered:
    • EKU Foundation Scholarship
    • EKU International Alumni Association Scholarship

    Please note that scholarships are awarded to eligible students only. Please visit the school website to see details.

    10
    University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK+
    Admission Rate
    77%
    Graduation Rate
    30%
    No. of Online Programs
    47
    Tuition Fees
    $6,467
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor's of Arts in Justice. The program blends theoretical and applied concepts. It may enable students to study theoretical models of various aspects of the criminal justice system along with its structure and administration.
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online or hybrid formats
    • Most online classes are asynchronous, but may have deadlines for submissions
    Quality Factors:
    • The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
    • Three criminal justice programs have been certified for quality by Quality Matters
    Credit Hours:
    • A minimum of 120 credit hours
    • A maximum of 90 transfer credits may be accepted from previously attended accredited institutions for programs in which the student received a grade of C or higher
    Differentiators:
    • Electives on offer are law and science of arbitration, procedural law, drugs and behavior and deviance and social control
    • Option of completing an internship at a criminal justice agency, preparing a seminar or completing a research project as a capstone project
    • Access to various scholarly works, databases and other digital resources as well as research assistance
    Type of Institute:

    Public

    Scholarships Offered:

    A few of the scholarships the university offers to eligible students include:

    • Human Achievement Scholarship
    • Alaska Performance Scholarship

    Visit the school website for more information.

    11
    North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC+
    Admission Rate
    83%
    Graduation Rate
    44%
    No. of Online Programs
    16
    Tuition Fees
    $3,728
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The program aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the adult and juvenile justice systems, their agencies, personnel and historical foundations.
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online program
    • Classes are taught in the sixteen-week full semester format
    • The instructor may set log-in dates and times as well as assignment deadlines
    Quality Factors:
    • North Carolina Central University is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    Credit Hours:
    • A total of 120 credit hours
    • A maximum of 90 total transfer credits from accredited community colleges may be accepted for programs in which the student may have acquired a grade of C or higher
    Differentiators:
    • Students who do not have a minimum of one year of criminal justice experience or related experience may be required to complete an 80-hour internship
    • Three online concentrations are available -- law enforcement, corrections or homeland security
    • Students may earn a maximum of 10 percent of the criminal justice major credits through knowledge-based examinations
    • Online tutoring and advising services, career assistance and counseling services are available
    Type of Institute:

    Public

    Scholarships Offered:
    • Soaring Eagle Scholarship
    • Rising Eagle Scholarship
    • Eagle in Flight Scholarship

    Visit the school website for complete details. Please note that scholarships are awarded to only those who qualify.

    12
    Indiana University-East, Richmond, IN+
    Admission Rate
    70%
    Graduation Rate
    36%
    No. of Online Programs
    15
    Tuition Fees
    $6,601
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice. The program may equip students with management skills necessary to compete in the job market and to advance in the field of criminal justice.
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online
    • Students may be required to follow a schedule of activities and assignments for each week or unit
    • May require attending a scheduled online event organized by the instructor
    Quality Factors:
    • Indiana University East is a SARA-approved institution
    • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
    Credit Hours:
    • 60 credit hours
    Differentiators:
    • Electives on offer are criminal justice ethics, the American juvenile justice system, crime in the mass media and wrongful conviction
    • Students may be required to complete an in-depth research project with an optional internship
    • Access to virtual research resources such as ebooks and online writing guidance from the writing center
    Type of Institute:

    Public

    Scholarships Offered:

    The following scholarships are awarded to those who qualify:

    • Academic achievements' scholarship
    • Chancellor's scholarship
    • IU East Valedictorian and Salutatorion scholarship

    Please visit the school website to see complete list.

    13
    University of Mary, Bismarck, ND+
    Admission Rate
    76%
    Graduation Rate
    54%
    No. of Online Programs
    77
    Tuition Fees
    $16,470
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice. The program aims to prepare students to address ethical complexities in criminal justice and serve the greater good.
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online
    • Most classes start every five weeks year round
    • Accelerated program, which students may be able to complete in as few as 30 months
    Quality Factors:
    • The University of Mary is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
    Credit Hours:
    • A total of 124 semester credits
    • A maximum of 92 semester credits may be transferred from previously attended institutions for programs in which the student earned a minimum grade of C
    Differentiators:
    • Electives on offer are forensic psychology, serial killers and human trafficking
    • Option of completing an internship in a local, state, or federal criminal justice agency and a research project as capstone project
    • Academic advising, counseling, online tutoring and career services are available
    Type of Institute:

    Private, not-for-profit

    Scholarships Offered:

    For those who qualify, the university offers scholarships such as:

    • The Sister Thomas Welder Leadership Scholarship
    • The Catholic Scholar's Scholarship

    Please visit the school website for more information.

    14
    Ashford University, San Diego, CA+
    Admission Rate
    N/A
    Graduation Rate
    8%
    No. of Online Programs
    68
    Tuition Fees
    $10,848
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor's of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice. The program addresses social and legal aspects of criminal justice professions and examines how law enforcement and the criminal justice system contribute to a more socially just society.
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online program
    • Start dates are available almost every week
    Quality Factors:
    • Ashford University is regionally accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission
    • Several criminal justice projects from the university have received Quality Matters' certification
    • In 2017, the university and its online program delivery partner, Bridgepoint Education, received an Effective Practice Award from the Online Learning Consortium
    Credit Hours:
    • A total of 120 credits
    • A maximum of 90 credits of combined nontraditional learning, prior learning and transfer credits may be applied towards the bachelor's degree
    Differentiators:
    • Access to various scholarly journals and research tools from the Ashford Library and personalized assistance through chat available 24/7 as well as by phone and email
    • Students may use the paper review and 24/7 live chat facilities from the writing center
    Type of Institute:

    Private, for-profit

    Scholarships Offered:
    • Homefront Heroes Scholarship
    • Promises2Kids Guardian Scholar Scholarship
    • Alumni Tuition Grant
    • Bright Horizons Tuition Grant

    Please visit the school website for more details. These scholarships are awarded to those who qualify.

    15
    Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus, Portales, NM+
    Admission Rate
    60%
    Graduation Rate
    33%
    No. of Online Programs
    22
    Tuition Fees
    $3,661
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor's in Criminal Justice. The program has a strong sociology component and may provide a cross-cultural analysis of how societies define crime and administer justice.
    Flexibility:
    • The program is offered in three modes -- entirely on-campus, online (through web-based or lecture-capture based classes) or through a combination of both
    • Choosing a suitable minor can help make it a 100% online program
    Quality Factors:
    • Eastern New Mexico University is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
    Credit Hours:
    • A minimum of 120 credit hours
    • Transfer credits may be accepted from previously attended institutions for programs in which student has acquired a cumulative GPA of 2.0
    Differentiators:
    • Electives on offer are border crime, counter-terrorism and law enforcement, and advanced criminal investigations
    • Students may be required to complete an internship as a part of the program and may also opt for a research project
    • Access to various scholarly materials, services and facilities through the library website
    • Advising via phone or email as well as online tutoring services, including the online writing center are also available
    Type of Institute:

    Public

    Scholarships Offered:

    A few of the scholarships the college offers to those who qualify include:

    • ENMU Foundation Scholarship
    • New Mexico Freshmen Academic Scholarship
    • Green and Silver Presidential Scholarship

    Visit the school website to see complete list.

    16
    Florida International University, Miami, FL+
    Admission Rate
    54%
    Graduation Rate
    57%
    No. of Online Programs
    45
    Tuition Fees
    $4,721
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice. The program equip students with an understanding of the procedures of the criminal justice system as well as to prepare them for graduate programs in law and related subjects.
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online program
    • The program starts in the fall, spring or summer
    • May require adherence to submission deadlines. Some may also require online group projects
    Quality Factors:
    • Florida International University is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    • The criminal justice curriculum has received certification for quality from Quality Matters
    Credit Hours:
    • 120 credit hours
    • A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from regionally and nationally accredited institutions
    Differentiators:
    • Students may need to complete an internship to observe the criminal justice system in operation
    • Fully online students can also join and graduate through the FIU Honors College, a much-respected accomplishment
    • Access to library resources, e-books and e-journals
    • Each student may be assigned a personal success coach for guidance
    Type of Institute:

    Public

    Scholarships Offered:

    The university offers eligible students scholarships such as:

    • Harvey L. Young Family Foundation Scholarship
    • Dean's Advisory Board Scholarship

    Lucille E. Snaith Memorial Scholarship Endowment

    Please visit the school website for more information.

    17
    University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX+
    Admission Rate
    84%
    Graduation Rate
    21%
    No. of Online Programs
    16
    Tuition Fees
    $4,996
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor's of Applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice; Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The programs are aimed towards working professionals, especially those who have previously earned college credits. The science program can offer a combination of foundational communication and analytical skills with a curriculum that examines the fundamental causes of crime and measures applied for its prevention.
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online degree completion programs for students who have completed core coursework at other institutions
    Quality Factors:
    • University of Houston-Downtown is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    Credit Hours:
    • A minimum of 120 credit hours
    • The university accepts transfer credits from previously attended institutions for programs in which the student acquired a minimum 2.0 transfer grade point average
    Differentiators:
    • Electives on offer for the arts program include race and crime, statistics in criminal justice, security management and human trafficking
    • Electives on offer for the science program include sex crimes, legal rights of the convicted, community-oriented policing and community-based corrections
    • Option of completing internships alongside their academic training. Field experiences may be recommended for students who do not have professional experience in criminal justice, but can also be undertaken by professionals who wish to explore criminal justice field experiences in areas apart from their own
    • Access to various print and online scholarly materials and resources as well as other assistance
    • Opportunity to become active members of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society
    Type of Institute:

    Public

    Scholarships Offered:
    • Clarence Kendall/100 Club Endowed Scholarship
    • International Comparative Criminal Justice Scholarship

    For more details, please visit the school website. The scholarships are awarded to eligible students only.

    18
    Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Natchitoches, LA+
    Admission Rate
    80%
    Graduation Rate
    39%
    No. of Online Programs
    55
    Tuition Fees
    $5,180
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor's of Arts in Criminal Justice. The baccalaureate program provides a full complement of criminal justice courses.
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online program
    • Some projects may require online class meetings or may require students to attend examinations on campus or at some other testing center
    Quality Factors:
    • Northwestern State University of Louisiana is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    Credit Hours:
    • A total of 120 credit hours
    • A maximum of 65 semester hours of credit transferred from previously attended accredited two-year institutions may be accepted
    Differentiators:
    • Students may be required to complete a research project as a part of the program
    • Students may choose to complete a concentration in pre-law and paralegal studies that may allow them to transition into legal study or paralegal employment
    • Scholarly materials from the library and research assistance is available
    Type of Institute:

    Public

    Scholarships Offered:

    A few of the scholarships the college offers to eligible students include:

    • Purple Prestige Transfer Scholarship
    • Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship

    Visit the school website to see complete list.

    19
    Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM+
    Admission Rate
    N/A
    Graduation Rate
    27%
    No. of Online Programs
    25
    Tuition Fees
    $3,927
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice. The program prepares students for careers in law enforcement, corrections and other fields related to the criminal justice system.
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online program
    • Asynchronous
    • Start and end dates for classes as well as due dates for assignments and assessments are specified
    Quality Factors:
    • Western New Mexico University is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    Credit Hours:
    • A minimum of 120 credit hours
    • Up to 90 transfer credits for programs from previously attended institutions may be accepted
    Differentiators:
    • Students may be required to complete an experiential capstone project to develop their professional skills and may also opt for an internship to gain practical experience
    • Concentrations are in either corrections or policing. Police academy training may serve to compensate for certain credits in the policing concentration
    • Access to the electronic resources and services of the library is available
    • Online live tutoring may be available to students
    Type of Institute:

    Public

    Scholarships Offered:
    • Various Western New Mexico University Scholarship
    • Foundation Scholarship

    Scholarships are offered to only those who qualify. Please visit the school website for complete details.

    20
    Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO+
    Admission Rate
    N/A
    Graduation Rate
    50%
    No. of Online Programs
    50
    Tuition Fees
    $21,810
    Program Offered:
    Online Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice. The program aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience required for careers in the criminal justice system.
    Flexibility:
    • Fully online program
    • Classes are typically completed in 5-week blocks over four semesters with specific start and end dates. Classes start every 5-7 weeks
    • Asynchronous, but students must meet specific deadlines during each week of the program
    Quality Factors:
    • Colorado Christian University is a SARA-approved institution
    • It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
    Credit Hours:
    • A total of 120 credit hours
    • A maximum of 90 credits previously earned at a regionally or nationally accredited college or university may be transferred towards the degree
    • A maximum of 75 credits may be earned for life experience
    Differentiators:
    • The program focuses on criminology, corrections, forensic science and criminal justice ethics
    • Students may earn credits through testing and examinations and through a prior learning portfolio that includes post-high school personal and professional learning experiences or training and other life experience
    • Access to online library resources and assistance is available
    Type of Institute:

    Private, not-for-profit

    Scholarships Offered:

    A few of the scholarships the college offers to eligible students include:

    • Boundless Opportunity Scholarship
    • Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship

    Visit the school website for more details.

    Jobs you can get with a criminal justice degree can depend on your interests and specialization. The table below lists some occupations related to the field along with associated job growth and wages.

    Forensic Science Technicians
    Average Salary
    $62,490
    Projected Job Openings
    2,200
    Projected Job Growth
    17%
    Forensic science technicians typically perform chemical, biological, and microscopic analyses on evidence taken from crime scenes and consult with experts in specialized fields for further investigations. These professionals may have to work outside, or spend many hours in laboratories and offices, or do some combination of both. Aspiring forensic science technicians need to have at least a bachelor’s degree in natural science, such as chemistry or biology, or in forensic science. According to the BLS, state and local governments are expected to take on additional forensic science technicians to handle their case loads. Number of jobs is expected to increase up to 17 percent by 2026. The top three states with the highest level of employment in this field are California (employment: 2,110; annual mean wage: $85,280), Florida (employment: 1,710; annual mean wage: $52,810) and Texas (employment: 1,320; annual mean wage: $59,340).
    Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
    Average Salary
    $58,790
    Projected Job Openings
    8,300
    Projected Job Growth
    6%
    Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists are usually responsible for assessing progress of probationers and parolees by interviewing them and their friends, to determine the best course of rehabilitation. They may also maintain case files and reports of the offenders. Although many of these professionals work full time, they may also be expected to work overtime and variable hours. For example, many agencies rotate an on-call officer position. A bachelor’s degree in social work, criminal justice, behavioral sciences, or a related field is usually required to start a career in this field. Employment is expected to grow 6 percent by 2026. California (employment: 13,560; annual mean wage: $89,240), New York (employment: 4,770; mean annual wage: $70,690) and Pennsylvania (employment: 4,150; mean annual wage: $55,280) are the three states with highest employment figures and salaries, according to the BLS.
    Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
    Average Salary
    $72,760
    Projected Job Openings
    400
    Projected Job Growth
    11%
    Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators usually help opposing parties settle disputes outside of courts. These professionals use mediation techniques to facilitate communication between disputants, further parties' understanding of different perspectives, and guide toward mutual agreement. They may work in private offices or meeting rooms. To pursue this career, candidates may earn a degree specific to the field of arbitration, mediation, or conflict resolution. Many other positions, however, require applicants to have a law degree, a master’s in business administration, or some other advanced degree. According to the BLS, employment of arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators is projected to grow 10 percent by 2026, with California (employment: 860; annual mean wage: $97,430), Texas (employment: 450; annual mean wage: $62,390), and New York (employment: 410; annual mean wage: $85,910) being the three states that have highest employment in this field.
    Source: 2018 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

    As a prerequisite, most online criminal justice bachelor's degree programs require you to hold a high school diploma or equivalent. According to the College Board, taking courses like psychology and sociology during high school can be helpful. It also helps to be interested in different aspects of the law including why people commit crimes and how the legal system deals with them. Having good communication skills and a strong sense of justice can be assets. Additionally, criminal justice occupations may require you to undergo a background check before you enroll in the online bachelor's degree program.

    Many criminal justice majors orient students toward particular careers within the system while others offer a broader overview of the different aspects of the field. A four-year bachelor's degree in criminal justice, while not always necessary, can help you be eligible for jobs with better wages than those that do not require one according to the Balance Careers, one of the largest career guidance websites.

    According to the College Board, taking courses like psychology and sociology during high school can be helpful for those interested in becoming a police officer. It also helps to be interested in different aspects of the law including why people commit crimes and how the legal system deals with them. Additionally, criminal justice occupations may require you to undergo a background check before you enroll in the online bachelor’s degree program

    Step 1: Needed prerequisites:

    Leadership, communication and good judgment are important skills to have as a police offer. Additionally, law enforcement agencies are increasingly looking for candidates who hold skills in a foreign language to serve non-English speakers in the local community. As an example, the New York State Police Department (NYPD) offers bi-lingual certification to police officers who can speak one or more foreign languages.

    Step 2: Education / work experience required:

    A bachelor’s degree can result in higher wages and chances of advancement. According to a 2017 study on the education and practices of police officers across the country, 30.2 percent of police officers across the country have at least a four-year degree and agencies may pay these officers about 17 percent more than officers without a degree.

    Certifications

    Professional certifications may not be necessary depending on your occupation. However, certifications can demonstrate to potential employers your competency in the subject of certification. Certifications can help to give you an edge over other candidates vying for the same job. Certifications may have an expiration date and should you still wish to hold the certification you may be required to renew it within the expiration period. Some criminal justice certifications you may be eligible for after graduating from an online criminal justice bachelor degree program are:

    Licensure

    Licensing requirements can vary from state to state along with your occupation. Criminal justice occupations that require you to carry a weapon typically require you to be registered with the appropriate agencies in your state. Professionals working in a private capacity as private investigators may need to hold licenses in their states or localities.

    As there are varying requirements across the country, it is advisable to check the licensing laws for law enforcement professionals in your state.

    Continuing Education In The Field Of Criminal Justice

    Continuing education can be important for criminal justice professionals to stay abreast of the latest developments in their fields in terms of laws, technology and procedures. Licensure requirements may vary by state and can mean professionals working in the criminal justice system need to enroll in continuing education courses in order to keep their licenses. These continuing education courses may be in the form of lectures, seminars or online classes.

    Managers may be able to find work in local and federal governments, companies and enterprises. Possibly because of its sheer size, California has the highest employment level for managerial occupation in criminal justice, followed by Florida and Texas. You can explore the table below for more information about the employment levels in various other states and metropolitan areas.

    By States
    By Metropolitan
    StateEmploymentAnual Mean Wage
    District of Columbia19,910$147,460
    California66,300$143,350
    New Jersey18,370$138,820
    Virginia17,280$134,500
    New York16,600$124,160
    Texas20,710$122,130
    Maryland14,450$122,050
    Georgia14,480$118,060
    Florida23,160$99,240
    Tennessee14,480$83,010
    MetropolitanEmploymentAnual Mean Wage
    San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA15,710$165,600
    Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV38,960$143,510
    New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA25,330$139,720
    Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA23,520$139,720
    Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD7,710$134,540
    Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI8,060$132,860
    Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH7,820$131,880
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA8,370$131,680
    Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA11,840$121,240
    Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL7,570$100,270

    After Earning An Online Bachelor’s Degree In Criminal Justice, What Next?

    Advanced online criminal justice degree programs can help you broaden your career prospects or hone your expertise in a particular aspect of the field. Master's degree programs in criminal justice may take you about two years to complete while a professional law degree can take three years. Professional degrees may allow you to practice as a lawyer or enter the judiciary system as a judge, according to the BLS. Doctoral degree programs can take between four to seven years depending on research topics and individual abilities. Doctoral degrees in criminal justice, homeland security and related fields may allow you to hold senior leadership or executive positions in your field of specialization.

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      Methodology:

      To be included in our rankings for the top colleges for online degrees in business administration by degree level all colleges had to meet the following 4 requirements:

      1. Offer a bachelor's degree in that subject, either in an online or hybrid format
      2. Have at least 1% of students attending some form of distance education
      3. Have awarded at least one bachelor's degree in that subject in 2016-17
      4. Have reported data for all 19 ranking variables for bachelor's and 11 ranking variables for master's (listed below)

      We then ranked 115 colleges and universities in the United States that fit our criteria, using 2016-17 data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the weights specified. We then scored the final list of colleges by degree level on a 100-point scale using these specific data points:

      1. Bachelor's Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded via distance education in 2016-2017 were in this particular subject
      2. Ratio of undergraduate students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
      3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
      4. Retention rate
      5. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
      6. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students
      7. Student-to-faculty ratio
      8. Variety of Programs, based on the number of similar topics for programs in relevant CIP codes that are offered via distance education at any level
      9. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
      10. The availability of any tuition plans: Payment
      11. The availability of any tuition plans: Guaranteed
      12. The availability of any tuition plans: Prepaid
      13. The availability of any tuition plans: Other
      14. Services: Academic/Career
      15. Placement for Completers
      16. Credit offerings: Dual
      17. Credit offerings: Life
      18. Credit offerings: AP
      19. Credit offerings: Military
      Sources: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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