2017 Top Online Schools for Criminal Justice

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Rio Salado College

Rio Salado College offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Administration of Justice degree that is comprised of 61-66 credits and can be pursued online. Most students earn the degree in six semesters. The program gives students the opportunity to study diverse communities and populations in-depth and how they impact the criminal justice system. The curriculum includes coursework in substantive criminal law, constitutional law, criminal investigations, criminal justice report writing, criminology, and procedural criminal law. Each course is eight weeks long and available asynchronously online. The college also offers a Certificate of Completion in Administration of Justice degree. This 30-credit program is available online as well, and designed for students looking for broad-based instruction and training in the criminal justice field.

2

Saint Leo University

The School of Education & Social Services at St. Leo University offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree that can be pursued online. Students admitted to the program can choose to specialize in one of two fields - criminalistics or homeland security. The university offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree with the following specialization areas: corrections, critical incident management, forensic psychology, forensic science, and legal studies. There is an online 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Management program available. The program is designed for students who wish to increase their knowledge and training in the field, without having to pursue a full-blown master's program. An Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice is available online as well.

3

Ivy Tech Community College

The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree offered at Ivy Tech Community College is a T-SAP (Transfer - Single Articulation Pathway) program. This means the degree readily transfers to a four-year baccalaureate program in a related field offered at a large university. Students can customize their learning experience by choosing an area of concentration and enrolling in electives that support their field of interest and career plans. At the current time, the following fields of concentration are available: corrections, forensics, law enforcement, and youth services. A total of 60 credits is necessary for the degree and students have the option of completing the program online. The curriculum includes coursework in cultural awareness, criminal law, ethics in criminal justice, and introduction to corrections.

4

Liberty University

The Helms School of Government at Liberty University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree with the following areas of specialization: business administration and management, criminal psychology, crime scene investigation, homeland security, public administration, strategic intelligence, and juvenile justice. Active law enforcement officials as well as military personnel may be able to earn credits towards the degree based on their educational background and/or life experience. On the graduate level, Liberty University offers two online Master of Science (MS) degrees - MS in Criminal Justice and MS in Criminal Justice - Public Administration. Both programs offer a thesis and non-thesis option. Criminal justice administration is also available as an area of specialization for the online Master of Business Administration degree.

5

University of New Haven

The Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at The University of New Haven offers a 36-credit Master in Criminal Justice degree that can be completed in just two years. The program is available 100 percent online. Courses are offered in 6 to 7.5 week terms and students can begin the program at any term. The core curriculum includes the following courses: mental health, law, and criminal justice, theories of criminal behavior, research methods in criminal justice, and quantitative applications in criminal justice. Students can customize their program by enrolling in classes (24 elective credits) that support their interests, as well as their academic and career goals, such as computer forensics investigation, criminal justice policy, or criminal procedure.

6

University of Central Florida

The College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida offers online Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in criminal justice. BA students must demonstrate a foreign language proficiency at a first year college level. All students are required to complete the following coursework: prosecution and adjudication, crime in America, corrections and penology, criminal justice systems, police and society, research methods in criminal justice, and data analysis for criminal justice. The university's Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree (professional track) is also available online. The program is comprised of 36 credits and emphasizes criminal justice theory, policy, research, and organizational administration. There is also a 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Corrections Leadership available online.

CAG Score 95.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

60,767 Students

7

University of Massachusetts-Lowell

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program offered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell can be pursued entirely online or as a hybrid of on-campus and online coursework. Students enroll in courses such as criminal law, introduction to policing, the criminal justice system, criminology, and corrections. In addition, students have the option of attaining intermediate proficiency in a modern foreign language or completing four courses relating to statistics, information technology, or data analysis. A Master in Criminal Justice degree is also available online. Students can customize their learning experience by enrolling in electives (6 courses) that focus on their interests and support their career goals, such as domestic terrorism, forensic psychology, substance abuse, or criminal mind and behavior.

CAG Score 93.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

17,179 Students

8

Columbia College

Columbia College offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in criminal justice administration. At the current time, only the Bachelor of Arts program is available online. The curriculum includes coursework in cultural diversity in criminal justice, laws of criminal evidence, management of criminal justice agencies, and the juvenile justice system and procedures. An Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Administration is also available online. Columbia College offers an online Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration that emphasizes the following basic areas: trends in criminal justice, policy development and analysis, research design, and ethics in criminal justice. Students can further customize their degree by choosing a management track in one of two fields - law enforcement and administration or corrections administration.

9

Union Institute & University

Union Institute and University offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management degree that can be pursued online and completed following a full-time or part-time plan of study. The program has three start dates - January, May, and September. The curriculum includes coursework in topics such as applied ethics in criminal justice management, forensic science management, criminal justice administration, and information systems in criminal justice management. Union has a generous transfer credit policy; up to 90 semester hours may be transferred from related training programs and professional experience in the field. An extensive list of elective courses provide students with the opportunity to customize their degree by enrolling in classes that support their interests, as well as their academic and career goals.

10

Keiser University

Kaiser University offers two programs in the criminal justice field - Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice (120 credits) and Associate of Arts (AA) in Criminal Justice (60 credits). Both degrees can be pursued online. The BA curriculum prepares students for employment and advancement in the field, as well as further studies on the graduate level. Upper division coursework covers a wide range of topics including deviant behavior, terrorism, forensic science, technology and crime, constitutional criminal procedures, alternative punishment, and organized crime. The AA degree gives students the opportunity to study the major components of the criminal justice system in the United States, including law enforcement organizations, criminal behavior patterns, juvenile systems, and the fundamentals of criminal investigations.

11

Bethel University

Bethel University offers Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Associate of Arts (AA) degrees in criminal justice that can both be pursued online. The AAS program is designed for students who plan to enter the criminal justice workforce immediately after earning the degree. The AA program prepares students to pursue work opportunities in the field as well, but also lays the foundation for further baccalaureate study. Bethel University offers an online Bachelor in Criminal Justice degree that is comprised of 48 credit and designed for working professionals with a minimum of 30 hours of previous college credits. On the graduate level, the university offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree. A 36-credit program, the MS degree is also available online.

12

South Texas College

South Texas College offers an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice degree that can be pursued entirely online. The 60-61 credit program is designed primarily for students who plan to continue their studies in a large university to pursue a four-year bachelor's degree in criminal justice or a related field. However, students who complete the program are also prepared to enter the workforce immediately after graduation in various criminal justice fields (community correctional programs, juvenile agencies, protective services, private security, etc.). In addition to completing the General Education requirements, students must enroll in the Introduction to Criminal Justice class in their first semester. They must also take a three-credit criminal justice elective each semester (two in their last semester).

13

University of Maryland-University College

The University of Maryland University College offers a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice that can be pursued online. Students learn about the theory and practice of the criminal justice system in the United States, including the courts, law enforcement, corrections, investigation, etc. In addition to completing the General Education requirements (41 credits), students must take at least 33 credits from the list of courses for the criminal justice major. Some of these courses include the following: security management, juvenile delinquency, victimology, drugs and crime, and ethical behavior in criminal justice. Students are required to choose a minor (15 credits) that will best complement their criminal justice program, such as emergency management, forensics, homeland security, or public safety administration.

14

Central Texas College

The Protective Services Department at Central Texas College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in criminal justice that can be completed online. Students have the option of pursuing the general AAS in Criminal Justice degree or the AAS in Criminal Justice - Corrections degree. Central Texas College follows the common course transfer core curriculum in criminal justice, making the AAS credits easily transferable to a four-year program in a large university. The 67-credit program includes coursework in the juvenile justice systems, criminal investigation, court systems and practices, and ethics in criminal justice. There is also an online, 30-credit Certificate of Completion in Criminal Justice Studies available. As with the AAS degree, the certificate offers a specialization in the field of corrections.

15

St Petersburg College

The Associate in Science (AS) in Criminal Justice Technology degree at St. Petersburg College is a 64-credit program that can be pursued online. Students must complete 24 credits from the criminal justice curriculum in addition to taking the following core courses: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Investigative Trends, Constitutional Law and Rules of Evidence, Crime and Delinquency, and Research Methods for Criminal Justice. An AS degree and a professional certificate program in crime scene technology are also available online. Students admitted to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Administration program can select criminal justice as their sub-plan, or area of specialization. Coursework for this sub-plan includes corrections practice and policy, management of law enforcement units, and international organized crime.

16

National University

National University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree that prepares students for a variety of entry- and advanced-level positions in the criminal justice field. Upper division coursework include classes in forensic science, juvenile justice, civil and criminal investigations, corrections, and leadership and management. Academically qualified students can take advantage of transition programs designed to facilitate the transfer of some of their undergraduate credits to a Master's program in the following fields: forensic science, public administration, juvenile justice, and criminal justice. These transition programs reduce the credits required for the master's degree to 10 (from 12 or 11), thereby making it possible for students to earn both degrees in a shorter span of time.

17

University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston Downtown (UHD) offers an online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree through the College of Public Service. This is a degree completion program designed for students who have already fulfilled the required lower-division coursework at another college. Students must complete a minimum of 36 upper-division credits at UHD, with at least 18 credits from the criminal justice curriculum. The university offers a Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice program that can also be completed online. MS courses are offered in five 8-week blocks each year. Students take courses in advanced criminology, quantitative analysis in criminal justice, policy analysis and program evaluation, and administration in criminal justice. The MS degree can be completed in just 14 months.

CAG Score 96.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

14,439 Students

18

Florida International University

The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University (FIU) offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree that can be pursued entirely online. In addition to completing the university core curriculum and the academic requirements of the College of Arts, Sciences, & Education, students must take 24 credits of criminal justice core subjects and 12 credits from the approved list of elective courses. On the graduate level, FIU offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree that can also be completed online. MS students are required to complete the following courses: Criminological Theory, Research Methods in Criminal Justice, Data Analysis in Criminal Justice, Transnational Crime and National Security, and Criminal Justice Policy Analysis.

CAG Score 95.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

49,610 Students

19

Wilmington University

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Wilmington University offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree that can be completed 100 percent online. Students admitted to the program are required to take 45 credits of criminal justice core subjects and an additional 18 credits in approved electives for the major. The core curriculum covers a wide range of topics and includes courses in the principles of criminology, constitutional law, community corrections, administration of criminal justice organizations, and multicultural issues in criminal justice. The college offers a Certificate in Criminal Justice that is comprised of 30 credits and can also be pursued online. The certificate credits are fully transferable to a four-year bachelor's program in a related field.

20

Seminole State College of Florida

The Associate in Science degree in criminal justice technology offered at Seminole State College is a 60-credit program that can be completed online. Students accepted to the program are prepared for employment in their chosen criminal justice field immediately after graduation. Students who plan to transfer their AS credits to a four-year bachelor program should make sure they enroll in the courses required by the receiving program or university. The AS curriculum includes courses in criminal procedure, drugs, alcohol, and crime, and corrections. Students can customize their learning experience by taking electives that focus on their area of interest, such as law enforcement leadership or homeland security. There is a 24-credit Technical Certificate in Criminal Justice Technology that can also be pursued online.

21

Miami Dade College

Students accepted to the online Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Management program at Miami Dade College have the option of pursuing the criminal justice track. The program requires the completion of at least 30 upper-division credits from an approved list of courses that include the following (among several others): judicial policy making, female crime and delinquency, crime prevention, and police and society. Miami Dade College offers an Associate in Science (AS) in Criminal Justice Technology degree that can also be pursued online. The AS program prepares students to enter the workforce in the criminal justice field immediately after graduation. Students who plan to transfer their AS credits to a four-year baccalaureate program may need to fulfill additional requirements.

22

Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee Community College offers an Associate of Science degree in criminal justice technology through the Division of Technology and Professional Programs. Students have the option of pursuing the 60-credit degree online. A minimum of 45 credit hours must be fulfilled by enrolling in courses from the criminal justice curriculum. The available courses cover a wide range of topics that include crime scene investigation, criminal evidence and procedures, the nature and causes of crime and delinquency, and contemporary criminal justice issues. Tallahassee Community College has articulation agreements in place with Barry University and the Florida Gulf Coast University for the AS in Criminal Justice Technology program. The agreement facilitates the transfer of AS credits to a four-year baccalaureate program in these universities.

23

The University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas El Paso offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program with a unique focus on crime along the border of the United States and Mexico. The degree can be completed entirely online. In addition to the General Education courses (42 credits) and the Liberal Arts Block electives (18 credits), students must also meet the foreign language requirement (6 credits) of the Bachelor of Arts program. The criminal justice core requirements and electives make up the rest of the 120 credits needed to graduate from the program. Students are given the opportunity to study criminal justice issues such as correctional systems and practices, immigration law and administration, criminal justice organizations and management, and court systems and practices.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

23,079 Students

24

Albany Technical College

Albany Technical College offers four online programs for students interested in pursuing a career in the criminal justice professions. The Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement Technology degree is a 60-credit program that requires students to complete 30 credits in the major (including an internship or practicum experience that counts for three credits), plus 15 credits from an approved list of criminal justice electives. Some of the required courses for the degree include the following: Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice, Principles of Law Enforcement, and Juvenile Justice. The college also offers a 39-credit Law Enforcement Technology diploma. At the current time, there are two Technical Certificate of Credit programs available - Criminal Justice Specialist (15 credits) and Homeland Security Technician (12 credits).

25

Broward College

Broward College offers an Associate of Science degree in criminal justice through the Institute of Public Safety. The AS degree is comprised of 60 credits and can be pursued online. Students admitted to the program must complete 42 core requirement credits, which include courses in criminal investigation, constitutional law, general psychology (or sociology), human behavior, and professional or technical writing. Students can customize their learning experience by fulfilling the 12-credit elective requirement in the criminal justice field that focuses on their area of interest (homeland security, corrections, criminal law, etc.). The AS degree prepares students without prior criminal justice experience for entry-level work in the field, while active professionals gain additional credentials for advancement in their current line of work.

26

St. John's University-New York

The College of Professional Studies at St. John's University offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree that can be completed online. Students are required to take 36 credits in the major, which includes courses in the American judicial system, theories of crime, and the correctional system. The program gives students the opportunity to specialize in forensic psychology. The completion of an internship or a research project is a requirement for graduation. Applicants who have completed training courses at the NYC Police, NYC Corrections, or Nassau County, Suffolk County or NYS Police Academies may be eligible to receive credit towards the degree. St. John's offers a 60-credit Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree that can be completed online as well.

27

Florida State University

Applicants for the online Bachelor of Science in Criminology program at Florida State University must already have an Associate of Arts degree in order to be considered for admission. The 36-credit degree completion program requires no on-campus visits. The university also offers an online Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree that has been ranked as No. 5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (2016). MS applicants with five or more years of professional experience in the criminal justice (or related) field do not have to take the GRE to be considered for the program. Students must complete 15 credits of core courses, 12 credits of electives from the approved criminal justice list, and 9 credits of free electives.

CAG Score 94.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

41,226 Students

28

Central Washington University

Central Washington University offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in law and justice that prepares students for professional employment in the criminal justice field, such as law enforcement or corrections. The program also provides adequate preparation for graduate studies or law school and can be pursued online. Students must complete 32 credits (8 four-credit courses) in the major. The required coursework includes courses that cover topics such as community and social justice, crime in America, research methods in criminal justice, criminal procedure, and ethics, diversity, and conflict in criminal justice. Students must also complete the foreign language requirement of the Bachelor of Arts program that is the equivalent of a first-year college level proficiency (or two years at the high school level).

CAG Score 94.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

11,799 Students

29

University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati offers Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in criminal justice, which can both be completed online. The bachelor program follows an interdisciplinary approach and gives students the opportunity to study several different aspects of the criminal justice field, such as crime prevention, child behavioral problems, adolescent delinquency, and effective intervention. Students accepted to the MS in Criminal Justice program can pursue a general track of study with no concentration. However, they also have the option of selecting an area of concentration from the following fields: analysis of criminal behavior, law enforcement and crime prevention, and corrections and offender rehabilitation. The MS program is comprised of 33 credits and can be completed in one to two years.

30

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree available at the University of Wisconsin Platteville is a 30-credit program that can be completed online. Students can select one of the following areas of specialization: criminal justice theory, criminal justice management, or victim and offender services. Working with a faculty advisor, students can also craft an individualized program of study by taking electives that focus on their interests and support their professional goals. Students can earn a 9-credit Child Advocacy Certificate as part of their MS degree. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics that are essential in the field of criminal justice studies today, including theories of personality in the criminal justice system, contemporary correctional systems, and juvenile delinquency and justice.

CAG Score 93.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,901 Students

31

Brevard Community College

The Associate in Science degree in criminal justice technology offered at Eastern Florida State College prepares students with minimal criminal justice work experience for entry-level opportunities. Students with professional criminal justice background or experience are prepared for advancement in the field. Most of the AS credits can also be transferred to four-year baccalaureate programs offered in large universities. Students enroll in major courses (criminal law, criminal justice administration, criminal procedures, etc.) as well as in technical courses (crime scene technology, community corrections, crime scene safety, etc.). By taking carefully-selected electives, students can craft a customized program that supports their career goals. Applicants who have completed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Officer Competency Exam may be eligible for college credits.

CAG Score 94.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

15,931 Students

32

Rowan University

The online Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice program at Rowan University is a degree completion program that requires applicants to have an associate degree or 24 semester hours of transferable college credits. The 60-credit, full-time program prepares students for professional careers in four principal areas: corrections, court services, human services, and law enforcement and security services. Each course is delivered in 8-week modules. Rowan University offers a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program that can be completed online as well. The MA program follows a part-time plan of study and offered in an accelerated format. The completion of 30 graduate credits is required for the degree, and most students graduate from the program after five consecutive semesters of enrollment.

33

Tiffin University

Tiffin University offers online Bachelor of Criminal Justice programs in the following fields: corrections, homeland security and terrorism, justice administration, and law enforcement. Classes for these programs are offered in seven-week terms. There are six starting dates throughout the year, making the program convenient and flexible for students with work and personal responsibilities. A Master of Science in Criminal Justice is available online as well. The MS program has five areas of concentration. Three of these concentration areas (crime analysis, criminal behavior, and homeland security administration) are available completely online. The justice administration concentration follows a hybrid delivery system and is available online as well at the Brunswick campus. Only the forensic pathology concentration follows a face-to-face delivery format.

34

Utica College

The Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation degree at Utica College is a baccalaureate completer program that is available online. Applicants must have an Associate's degree or at least 57 credits from a four-year institution to be considered for the program. The curriculum provides students with a comprehensive view of the criminal justice system and economic crime. At the current time, students have the option of specializing in two areas - financial investigation and in fraud prevention and detection. Utica College has partnered with the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) to prepare its graduates for the CAMS certification exam. Students who complete the program are also eligible to take the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) test.

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Excelsior College

The School of Public Service at Excelsior College offers three online degrees in criminal justice: Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science. Students are allowed to transfer up to 57 credits to the AS program and some types of military training or work experience may qualify for academic credits as well. The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program can be completed without a concentration. However, students can select one of the following areas of concentration: criminal justice administration, homeland security, investigative forensics, and law enforcement and public safety. Students can pursue the MS degree also without a concentration, or choose one of two concentration areas currently available in justice administration and in homeland security and emergency management.

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Western Carolina University

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree at Western Carolina University is an online degree completion program. To be considered for admission, applicants must already have an Associate degree or completed 44 credits that satisfy the General Education requirement for a North Carolina community college. Students accepted to the program are required to take at least 49 credits from the criminal justice list of core and elective courses. The curriculum includes coursework that cover a wide range of topics such as criminal procedure and judicial process, legal liability in criminal justice personnel, social justice and the law, and criminal justice policy. At the current time, there is only one area of concentration available online, which is administration of justice.

CAG Score 95.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

10,382 Students

37

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Chaminade University currently has three degree programs in criminal justice available online: Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science. The 60-credit AS program prepares students for employment opportunities in the field immediately after graduation. Students who plan to transfer their AS credits to a four-year bachelor program should enroll in courses that will satisfy the additional requirements of the bachelor's degree. The BS in Criminal Justice program has a pre-law track for students who plan to proceed to Law School when they graduate. Students accepted to the MS program can choose law enforcement or corrections as their area of concentration. A third option (hybrid) provides MS students with a broad-based, foundational perspective of the criminal justice system.

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Community College of Philadelphia

Students admitted to the Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice program at the Community College of Philadelphia have the option of pursuing the degree online. The program prepares students for professional opportunities in the field immediately after graduation, however, AS credits also transfer readily to four-year baccalaureate programs in large universities. The college has articulation agreements in place with several universities that facilitate this transfer. Students are required to take the following courses: Survey of Justice, Juvenile Justice, Criminal Law and Contemporary Issues in Justice. Additionally, students must enroll in five electives, which are organized along four career clusters. Each cluster focuses on a specific criminal justice field: police, corrections, parole and probation, and corporate and homeland security.

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Indiana Wesleyan University

The School of Service and Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University offers its criminal justice programs both online and on-site at their Marion campus. The Associate of Science degree is comprised of 63 credits that include both liberal arts and criminal justice courses. Students learn about foundational concepts in criminology including crisis intervention, corrections, and homeland security. The curriculum for the bachelor's program covers a wide range of criminal justice topics such as forensics, cybercrime, constitutional law and civil liberties, court procedures, youth and crime, and research methods and analysis in criminal justice. A 15-credit undergraduate Certificate in Criminal Justice is also available. Students accepted to the Master of Public Administration program can choose criminal justice as their area of concentration.

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Eastern Kentucky University

The College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a focus on adult corrections and juvenile justice. Students are required to complete 45 credits in the major that includes courses such as criminal justice ethics, perspectives on crime and delinquency, rehabilitation strategies for adult and juvenile defenders, and addressing the mental health needs of offenders. The university offers a Master of Science in Justice, Policy, and Leadership degree that can be completely entirely online. Students accepted to the program can choose from the following concentration areas: police policy and leadership, corrections policy and leadership, and juvenile justice policy and leadership. The MS program requires the completion of 30 graduate-level credits.

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Hartnell College

Hartnell College offers an Associate of Science degree in administration of justice that can be completed entirely online. The curriculum includes courses that cover topics such as the theory and practice of law enforcement, correctional science, illegal narcotics and dangerous drugs, and peacekeeping strategies in multicultural communities. At the current time, there are two programs available - a regular two-year AS degree and a Fast Track program that can be completed in three semesters (one calendar year). Courses in the Fast Track program are only six weeks in length, although they are given the same credit as 18-week courses. Students who have graduated from recognized academies as police or correctional officers automatically receive 12 credits towards the Fast Track AS program.

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Arkansas Tech University

The Department of Emergency Administration and Management (EAM) at Arkansas Tech University offers two online programs in the field - Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and Master of Science in Emergency Management & Homeland Security. The programs are accredited by the Foundation for Higher Education in Disaster/Emergency Management and Homeland Security. In addition to the General Education requirements (37 credits), students admitted to the Bachelor of Science program must enroll in the following: technical specialty courses (42 credits), administrative or professional courses (15 credits), and interdisciplinary courses (21 credits). In order to graduate from the program, MS students have the option of writing a thesis, completing a practicum experience, or enrolling in specialized elective courses that support their professional goals.

CAG Score 95.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,002 Students

43

North Carolina Central University

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree that North Carolina Central University offers completely online is designed as a degree completion program. Applicants who have already earned an associate's degree from an accredited community college are highly preferred. Students are admitted to the program at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. The program consists of 57 credit hours with courses delivered in 16-week sessions. At the current time, there are three areas of concentration available online: law enforcement, homeland security, and corrections. Online courses at North Carolina Central University are offered synchronously. The program is certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, which is the largest association of colleges and universities in the field of criminal justice.

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Southern New Hampshire University

Students pursuing the online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program at South New Hampshire University can choose from the following areas of concentration: corrections, criminology, homeland security and terrorism, human services, legal studies and advocacy, and police administration and operations. Up to 90 credits can be transferred from an accredited program towards the degree and courses are accessible 24/7. There are more than six 9-week terms each year. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree offers concentrations in advanced counterterrorism and in public safety administration. An Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree is also available online, in addition to several certificate programs that are criminal justice-related, such as policing and law enforcement and law and the legal process.

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Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree that can be pursued online. The program provides students with a fundamental understanding of the criminal justice system, including policing, corrections, the courts, and criminal procedures and investigations. To complete the 128 credit hours required for the degree, students must take 50 credit hours of General Education courses, 45 credit hours of core courses, and 30 credit hours of criminal justice courses. The curriculum includes coursework that cover several key issues in the field of criminal justice today, such as criminal law, white collar crime, policing, victimology, the juvenile justice system, and race, crime, and punishment. Students are required to complete an internship experience in order to graduate from the program.

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SUNY College of Technology at Canton

Students who are interested in the criminal justice field can explore the Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) programs offered by the State University of New York Canton in the following areas: criminal investigation, homeland security, legal studies, and criminal justice (law enforcement leadership). Only 50 percent of the courses for the criminal investigation program are available online. The remaining B. Tech degrees can be pursued entirely online. SUNY Canton also offers an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree. A number of courses for this program are also made available online. The AAS degree has three tracks: law enforcement, corrections, and a generalist track. Criminal justice students have the opportunity to attend the St. Lawrence County David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy.

CAG Score 95.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,278 Students

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