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The roles of criminal justice specialists are expanding rapidly. Students who graduate with bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice pursue careers in protective and investigative services, law and corrections enforcement, security administration and crime prevention policy development. WIth demand for specialists growing, schools now offer a wide range of criminal justice degrees online. These programs are ideal for working professionals who need the flexibility of online coursework to complete their degrees remotely and according to a modified schedule.

Online criminal justice programs comprise the same diverse coursework in criminology, law, corrections, ethics and policy administration as on-campus degrees. Programs will also offer a varied level of specialization within these areas. To get you started in your school search, we have ranked the best online bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice below. Learn more about the methodology of our rankings.

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    1
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    University of Central Florida

    Location
    Orlando, FL
    Tuition
    $212 per credit hour online

    Websites

    Address

    4000 Central Florida Blvd
    Orlando, FL 32816
    (407) 823-2000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Students enrolled in UCF’s criminal justice programs can choose between the Bachelor of Arts (with a foreign language component) and the Bachelor of Science (with no foreign language component). Both programs are 4-years in length and are available exclusively online. These online programs are open to students in any state except Minnesota; out-of-state fees do apply.

    The curriculum requires standard general education requirements, plus 48 credit hours of core classes and electives in the major. Core classes explore the fundamentals of crime and corrections and are complemented by electives in areas of special interest, like white collar crimes, drug crimes, correctional facilities, profiling, sentencing or crime and media. All classes in the major and most electives are available online. An internship is optional, and may be exchanged for six hours of elective credit.

    Quick Facts

    • #50 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
    • Named to Princeton Review’s Colleges that Pay You Back.
    • UCF’s average GPA for undergraduates is 3.86.
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    2
    School

    Florida State University

    Location
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tuition
    $380 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    222 S. Copeland Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-1037
    (850) 644-2525

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    FSU’s College of Criminology & Criminal Justice offers the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Criminology through its online studies program. Classes are taught by top-ranked industry experts who also actively conduct research in the field. The university’s partnership with the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy allows students to jointly earn state police credentials as they pursue a degree.

    The exclusively online BA program is a completion degree that builds on a related associate degree. Coursework in this asynchronous program prepares graduates for work as detectives, caseworkers, analysts and more. An internship is optional; students should carefully research internship possibilities in their home states. The online MA curriculum delves more deeply into theory and applications of criminal justice, research, prevention and law. All online students are billed as in-state residents.

    Testimonial

    "My professors were flexible, but yet still maintained a high level of integrity and professionalism… The program was intense, practical, and very relevant to today’s society and all of the things that make our criminal justice system work. This degree has positioned me to be a better leader, educator, and officer." -Sean Lynch, graduate

    Quick Facts

    • Recipient of numerous accolades from U.S. News & World Report, including #7 among Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs in the nation, and also listed in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
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    3
    School

    Florida International University

    Location
    Miami, FL
    Tuition
    $157 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    11200 S. W. 8 Street
    Miami, FL 33199
    (305) 348-2000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Online students at FIU may earn either a Bachelor of Science or a Master of Science in Criminal Justice without ever setting foot on campus. The bachelor's is ideal for students aspiring to careers in law enforcement or as an undergraduate precursor to law school. The master’s degree prepares its graduates for careers with the CIA, FBI, Secret Service, Border Patrol, Immigration and more.

    Coursework in these programs emphasizes study of the constitution, public policy, criminological theory, the penal system and terrorism. The graduate program takes these concepts and further applies research methodology and scholarship to the curriculum. Online classes are asynchronous; professors populate the virtual classroom with multimedia presentations, audio, streaming video, digital text and assignments. Students log on to study when it’s most convenient. Online students at FIU are fully supported with easy access to resource materials and departments of advising, career services, counseling, financial aid and technical help.

    Quick Facts

    • #98 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
    • #19 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs.
    • More than a fifth of the student body at this selective school graduated in the top 10% of their high school classes.
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    4
    School

    Dallas Baptist University

    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Tuition
    $815 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
    Dallas, TX 75211-9299
    (214) 333-7100

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    This private university delivers a Christ-centered education to online students at the undergraduate and graduate school levels. In the criminal justice department, its goal is to prepare professionals to enforce constitutional law within a Biblical scope. Undergraduate students earn the B.S. in Criminal Justice, while master’s degree candidates study for the Master of Arts in Personal Development with a concentration in Criminal Justice.

    Undergraduates examine ethics, courts and criminal procedure, organizational science, criminology and crime in America in addition to general education requirements. The master’s program curriculum consists of 9 credit hours, covering leadership, worldviews, human beliefs and life transitions; the remainder of the study is focused on topics like correctional theory, victim theory, ethics in law enforcement and common types of crime.

    Quick Facts

    • DBU online programs boast a 92% completion rate.
    • All online classes follow the traditional campus calendar; individual study is asynchronous.
    • Listed in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
  6. Rank
    5
    School

    Rowan University

    Location
    Glassboro, NJ
    Tuition
    $448 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    201 Mullica Hill Road
    Glassboro, NJ 08028
    (856) 256-4000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    For students interested in pursuing careers in criminal law and the justice system, Rowan University runs an entirely online B.A. program in Law & Justice. The degree prepares students for four areas of criminal justice, as outlined by the program: law enforcement and security services, court services, corrections and human services.

    Considering Rowan's wealth of graduate programs, including master's programs in criminal justice, it's worth noting that many of the courses and services featured in the Law & Justice B.A. are intended to help students prepared for a graduate education.

    Courses conducted include "Law and Evidence," "Sentencing & the Rights of the Convicted," "Introduction to Juvenile Justice" and "Theory of Crime & Criminality." The program also affords students the opportunity to pursue internships local to them (once approved by Rowan) and topical seminars and colloquiums, such as combating terrorism in the U.S. today.

    Quick Facts

    • All Fall 2015 applications are due by July 1st, 2015; classes begin on September 1st.
    • The program is 120 semester hours in total; a degree completion program is also offered at 60 semester hours total.
    • Online students enjoy state-of-the-art tech support, a digital library, career services and textbook delivery.
  7. Rank
    6
    School

    University of Oklahoma

    Location
    Norman, OK
    Tuition
    $138 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    660 Parrington Oval
    Norman, OK 73019-3072
    (405) 325-0311

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    University of Oklahoma’s College of Liberal Studies provides wholly online undergraduate and graduate programs to adult and other non-traditional students. Working professionals in law enforcement may earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice through these convenient distance-based programs.

    The B.S. in Criminal Justice is an accelerated degree completion program that can be completed within two years, though many students take more time to finish. An associate degree serves as a building block for this degree. The M.S. program builds on fundamentals of law, the justice system and the nature of crime by developing critical thinking and leadership skills. Its 33 credit hours of courses can also be finished in about two years.

    A limited number of dedicated scholarships are available to students in the distance education program. Oklahoma is also military-friendly and offers discounted tuition to service members and family.

    Quick Facts

    • #68 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
    • Listed in Princeton Review's Colleges that Pay You Back.
  8. Rank
    7
    School

    Liberty University

    Location
    Lynchburg, VA
    Tuition
    $360 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    1971 University Blvd
    Lynchburg, VA 24515
    (434) 582-2000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    This private school in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia has been in the business of Christian adult education for over 40 years and was one of the first schools in the nation to embrace online learning. Today, Liberty offers fully online criminal justice programs at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels. Christ-centered learning takes place in a virtual classroom in accelerated 8-week sessions.

    The B.S. in Criminal Justice curriculum focuses on substantive and procedural criminal law, the differences between them and the organizational structure of the justice system. Minor concentrations are available in business administration, criminal psychology, forensics, homeland security, public administration, strategic intelligence or youth corrections. Similarly, the M.S. program consists of 36 credit hours coursework; students can specialize in command or public administration.

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  9. Rank
    8
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    University of Louisville

    Location
    Louisville, KY
    Tuition
    $483 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    2301 S 3rd St
    Louisville, KY 40292-0001
    (502) 852-5555

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The Department of Criminal Justice at U. of L. offers campus-based and online degree programs at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Graduates of either are well-versed in the justice process and its implementation, theory and policy development, as well as in the application of law to adults and juveniles. Undergraduate distance education students follow the standard semester calendar, and master’s degree candidates study in 6-week blocks.

    The B.S. program is designed to augment an associate degree. The A.A.S. in Criminal Justice is acceptable, but the A.A. is preferred and will allow immediate entry into the required 60 hours of upper-level courses. The M.S. program is a 36-hour curriculum; the social and behavioral science applicable to the field, as well as a greater understanding of legal system components, is delivered to its students.

    Quick Facts

    • Apprenticeships are not required but can be arranged by the university.
    • Faculty is nationally recognized in the field and actively conduct scholarly research.
    • #13 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Criminal Justice Programs.
  10. Rank
    9
    School

    Sam Houston State University

    Location
    Huntsville, TX
    Tuition
    $406 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    1806 Ave J
    Huntsville, TX 77340
    (936) 294-1111

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The College of Criminal Justice as Sam Houston is one of the oldest in the country and has a rich history of educating aspiring law enforcement practitioners. It continues to innovate by bringing new programs to the table, most recently the Master of Science in Forensic Science. For adult students, Sam Houston offers a range of online educational options. Students at the bachelor's and master’s levels have multiple degree plans to choose from. Working professionals can also pursue professional credentialing via distance learning.

    Undergraduates can earn the B.A. or B.S. online, depending on the student’s preference for foreign language and social science credits. Course topics include victimology, global terrorism, child abuse, criminal investigation and cybercrime. Graduate students can customize the M.S. program in Leadership and Management or Victim Services Management in addition to generalist study. The 2-year program can be completed in two years while working full-time.

    Testimonial

    "The staff in the College of Criminal Justice do a phenomenal job of allowing students in the online program to feel included in the college. It is a great program for the working individual and focuses on practical application. I highly recommend it!" -Emily Jaso, class of 2013

    Quick Facts

    • On-site internships may be arranged with participating agencies.
    • Average student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1.
    • #13 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Criminal Justice Programs.
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    10
    School

    Western Carolina University

    Location
    Cullowhee, NC
    Tuition
    $143 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    Highway 107
    Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The online bachelor’s degree program at WCU is a degree completion program designed to help working criminal justice practitioners finish a baccalaureate degree without taking time off from work. For transfers to be considered, applicants must have earned either an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science from an accredited college, plus one year of work experience in the field.

    Core classes examine the criminal justice system, criminological theory, criminal justice management, and criminal justice policy. Online students are well-supported at WCU, backed up by tutoring services with Smarthinking, access to the digital Hunter Library, advising, career services and 24/7 technical assistance.

    Quick Facts

    • #1 Best Buy in Get Educated’s Online Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice.
    • #90 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
    • WCU is military-friendly and offers discounted tuition to qualified applicants.
  12. Rank
    11
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    Tiffin University

    Location
    Tiffin, OH
    Tuition
    $430 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    155 Miami Street
    Tiffin, OH 44883
    (800) 968-64466446

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Aspiring criminal justice practitioners have two online degree options at Tiffin U. For undergraduates who have earned an associate degree or who have taken some college courses, the wholly online Bachelor of Criminal Justice is designed to help working adults complete the degree while still holding down a job. For professionals who want to pursue higher education, a master’s is also offered online.

    Online courses are asynchronous, allowing students to study at a pace that fits individual schedules. Small classes ensure close collaboration with professors and peers. Admission is rolling and students can begin the programs five times during the year. Undergraduates can specialize in corrections, homeland security and terrorism, justice administration or law enforcement. Online Master of Science candidates choose from crime analysis, criminal behavior, homeland security administration or justice administration concentrations.

    Quick Facts

    • #153 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
    • #6 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs.
  13. Rank
    12
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    California State University – San Bernardino

    Location
    San Bernardino, CA
    Tuition
    $260 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    5500 University Pky
    San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397
    (909) 537-5000

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    CSUSB’s College of Extended Learning targets its offerings toward working adults who want to pursue a degree but are unable to attend traditional campus-based programs. In 2015, San Bernardino has launched the Bachelor or Arts in Criminal Justice online degree completion program. Upper-division transfer students from any California-accredited community college are invited to apply.

    Courses include the study of police and police systems, forensic profiling, community corrections, victimology, correctional theory, women and crime, gangs, law and the courts and more. All classes are entirely online, taught by professors who are recognized for their scholarly research and contributions to the field.

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    13
    School

    University of Nebraska at Omaha

    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Tuition
    $250 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    6001 Dodge St
    Omaha, NE 68182-0225
    (402) 554-2800

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    UNOmaha’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers future practitioners an online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree completion program. Designed for students who have completed their general education requirements, the degree offers all required courses entirely via distance education. The exception to this is the internship requirement, which must be arranged at an approved facility and conducted in-person.

    Classwork totaling 75 credit hours are delivered in a virtual classroom. Though the classes are interactive and require considerable student participation, they are asynchronous and allow students to work when it’s most convenient. Online students are supported by digital library services, financial aid, advising and tech help.

    Admission is rolling and students may begin the program in any semester, including summer. The program is not authorized in every state; potential students should perform due diligence.

    Quick Facts

    • #58 in U.S. News & World Reports Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs.
    • Average undergraduate GPA is 3.4.
    • Student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1.
  15. Rank
    14
    School

    Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale

    Location
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Tuition
    N/A
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    Websites

    Address

    1500 NW 49th St.
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
    (954) 776-4476

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Kaiser U. offers educational options in criminal justice at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels. All three are delivered exclusively online. The Bachelor of Arts emphasizes fundamental knowledge of criminology basics like forensic science, victimology, deviant behavior and private security. While the Master of Arts delves deeper into the inner workings of the justice system, preparing graduates to work in corrections, the court system, juvenile justice, leadership positions and more.

    Online learning is asynchronous, and classes are delivered one course at a time in one-month sessions. Students currently employed in law enforcement can receive up to four courses’ credit for on-the-job experience. Transfer credits from other accredited schools will also be considered for acceptance. Student services include career planning, advising, access to a comprehensive digital library, tech assistance and textbook delivery.

    Quick Facts

    • Keiser is a private, not-for-profit, non-religious affiliated school.
    • Student-to-faculty ratio is 12 to 1.
    • Criminal justice is the second most popular major among Keiser undergraduates.
  16. Rank
    15
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    Hampton University

    Location
    Hampton, VA
    Tuition
    $496 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    E Queen Street
    Hampton, VA 23668-0099
    (757) 727-5000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    This small private university in Virginia was one of the first historically black schools in the nation. Today, one of its many degree offerings is the Online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Its multidisciplinary approach to social sciences and criminology provides working professionals with a fast paced education that can effectively further their professional growth.

    The 122-credit-hour curriculum, taught as a 4-year program on campus, can be completed in three years online. Core classes explore individual elements of the criminal justice system, such as homeland security, terrorism and national security, emergency preparedness, law enforcement and cybercrime.

    Though classes are entirely online, students are expected to conduct an on-site internship at an approved facility prior to graduation. Coursework is completely online and is delivered asynchronously to facilitate flexible study times for students who work during the day. Class sessions are eight weeks in length.

    Quick Facts

    • Additional credits may granted for CLEP exams, life experiences or transfers from other accredited schools; however, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned at Hampton.
    • Individual state laws impact the schools residents can attend via distance education programs. Currently, Hampton does not offer this program in Alabama or Oregon.
    • The average GPA of undergraduates at Hampton is 3.3.
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    16
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    Florida Gulf Coast University

    Location
    Fort Myers, FL
    Tuition
    $204 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    10501 Fgcu Blvd S
    Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
    (239) 590-1000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Students FGCU may opt for online study at the bachelor’s or master’s degree level. Traditional students in campus-based programs may take standalone courses online, and some departments offer entire degree programs via distance learning. The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students with the fundamental knowledge necessary for leadership in the field or for further study in a master’s degree program.

    Students can complete their entire degree online, including general education requirements. The curriculum core consists of 33 credit hours that explore the criminal justice system in detail. Classes include the study of criminal behavior theory, juvenile justice, criminal law, data analysis, systems and processes, leadership skills and ethical practice.

    The program is designed to address the scheduling needs of most students. Core classes are offered each semester, allowing students to attend full-time or part-time as needed. Most participants finish their bachelor’s degree in four years. All online class work is asynchronous and allows total flexibility in choosing study times. While courses are online, program participants are required to conduct an approved face-to-face internship in law enforcement, the courts or corrections. This internship requirement can be completed where a student lives.

    Quick Facts

    • Residents of some states may need to verify eligibility with their state's higher education licensing authority before enrolling. Research carefully.
    • FGCU requires 40 clock hours of community service from all of its graduates, including distance learners.
    • About 20% of enrollees attend classes purely online; others attend a mix of online and traditional classes.
  18. Rank
    17
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    University of Massachusetts – Lowell

    Location
    Lowell, MA
    Tuition
    $365 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    1 University Ave
    Lowell, MA 01854-5104
    (978) 934-4000

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    UMass Lowell offers degree programs in criminal justice at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels; professional certification courses are also available for the non-degree seeking student. Adult and nontraditional students can earn either their bachelor’s or master’s exclusively online through the school’s division of online and continuing education. Undergraduates can choose from study concentrations in police, corrections, violence, information and technology or homeland security.

    The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice delivers an online curriculum that is identical to courses taught on campus. Core classes include study of criminology, crime preventions, corrections, law enforcement, legal adjudication and research methodology. All courses are taught by full-time faculty or adjunct professors who are currently practicing in the field. Classwork is largely asynchronous, though most professors schedule live chat hours. Participation in chat hours is not required but it is recommended. There is no internship requirement in the online program.

    Testimonial

    "Having the courses online gave me the opportunity to study at the time of my choosing, no matter how early or late I wanted to interact." -L.B. Hall, Online Student

    Quick Facts

    • Named to BestCollege.com’s Best Online Criminal Justice Programs 2014.
    • Listed among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
    • Several scholarships are available exclusively to online students.
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    18
    School

    Mercer University

    Location
    Macon, GA
    Tuition
    $416 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    1400 Coleman Avenue
    Macon, GA 31207
    (478) 301-2700

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Mercer University’s Working Adult Programs are designed with this specific type of student in mind. A number of options at the bachelor’s, master’s and professional certification level are available in flexible learning formats. Aspiring criminal justice practitioners are invited to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Leadership program.

    This program is a hybrid mix of traditional classroom attendance and distance education. Students enrolling as freshmen can complete general education requirements online or on-campus, as available. All upper-level core courses are delivered online over two years. Alternatively, students with an associate degree in a related field can complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree exclusively online.

    The curriculum core is composed of classes in public safety, emergency management, community policing, criminal procedure, forensics, corrections and the judicial process. Students can choose to specialize in homeland security, emergency services or criminal justice tracks. Classes are delivered in 8-week sessions. Students move through the program in cohorts. Admission is rolling and new cohorts begin five times during the calendar year.

    Quick Facts

    • If students in this program have not logged two years of industry experience, a face-to-face internship component will be required.
    • Student-to-faculty ratio at Mercer is 13 to 1.
    • The average undergraduate G.P.A. is 3.75.
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    19
    School

    Indiana Wesleyan University

    Location
    Marion, IN
    Tuition
    $357 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    4201 S Washington St
    Marion, IN 46953-4974
    (765) 674-6901

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC, CAATS

    School Description

    Indiana Wesleyan is a small private evangelical Christian school in northeastern Indiana. Its Criminal Justice programs develop professional practitioners who employ a Christ-centered approach to working within our justice system. The department’s associate, bachelor’s and professional certificate programs are offered exclusively online.

    The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is an undergraduate bridge program designed for working adults who have earned 36 to 59 credit hours of college courses; an associate degree qualifies a student for the program, but it is not required. Upper-level courses explore criminal law, ethical practice, forensic, constitutional law, youth and crime, addiction theory, terrorism, disaster preparedness and risk analysis. Online classes are delivered sequentially and students travel through the program in cohorts.

    Testimonial

    "One thing I didn’t expect as an online learner was the sense of community. The Wesleyan program really encourages the community feeling." -Frankie, graduate

    Quick Facts

    • The student-teacher ratio is 15:1
    • A minimum of two full-time years of work experience is an admission requirement to this program and the completion of biblical studies courses is mandatory for graduation
    • There is no application fee for distance learners
  21. Rank
    20
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    Stevenson University

    Location
    Stevenson, MD
    Tuition
    $495 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    1525 Greenspring Valley Rd
    Stevenson, MD 21153-0641
    (410) 486-7000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Stevenson’s Graduate and Professional Studies division offers a bachelor’s program in criminal justice that is available exclusively online. The core curriculum is composed of classes in law enforcement, corrections, criminology, American courts and criminal justice system and the juvenile justice systems. Special-interest courses include race and crime, domestic security, law enforcement, social stratification and more.

    This program is designed for working adults who have at least 15 credit hours of class that can be transferred into the program. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate two years of work experience in the industry. Credits may be awarded for prior learning experience. Classes are delivered in 8-week sessions and admission is rolling; students begin the program on one of six dates in the calendar year.

    Quick Facts

    • Student-to-faculty ratio at Stevenson is 13 to 1.
    • #167 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
  22. Rank
    21
    School

    Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses

    Location
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Tuition
    $480 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    9910 Dupont Circle Drive East
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
    (260) 483-4949

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    This small private university offers future criminal justice practitioners online study options at the bachelor’s and master’s degree level. The 120-credit-hour bachelor’s program's structure mirror's the school's traditional campus-based programs. Members of the Indiana Law Enforcement Agency enjoy an opportunity for an accelerated path to the bachelor’s degree, along with police academy training and on-the-job experience, all in four years.

    The bachelor’s curriculum emphasizes the psychology in criminal justice and is one of the only undergraduate programs to specialize in forensic and correctional psychology. Participants choose from psychology, emergency management, management and leadership or psychology concentrations. Though classes are delivered online, all students are expected to conduct an on-site internship at an approved agency.

    Quick Facts

    • For especially motivated students, Trine also offers an online 4 + 1 degree path toward a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice. This accelerated program results in the award of both degrees after five years of study.
    • The fastest-growing major at Trine is Criminal Justice, reflecting the anticipated job growth in this field.
  23. Rank
    22
    School

    University of Memphis

    Location
    Memphis, TN
    Tuition
    $394 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    Southern Avenue
    Memphis, TN 38152
    (901) 678-2000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Students at the U. of Memphis have two options in criminal justice; both the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts degrees are available exclusively online. In the B.A. program, nationally recognized faculty instruct undergraduates in policing strategy, corrections, domestic violence, addiction, gangs, capital punishment and organized crime.

    Classes are mostly asynchronous, but some instructors may require occasional time-sensitive logins. Online students at U. of Memphis are supported by digital library services, advising, career planning and technical assistance. A military-friendly school, it offers discounted tuition to service members and spouses.

  24. Rank
    23
    School

    St. John’s University

    Location
    Queens, NY
    Tuition
    $1,262 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    8000 Utopia Pky
    Queens, NY 11439
    (718) 990-6161

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    This private Catholic university in Queens, New York offers online criminal justice study options at the associate and bachelor’s degree level. The Bachelor of Science program is a fully online 126-credit program. The curriculum mimics the traditional campus-based curriculum, and online students also finish in four years.

    Online students have the unique opportunity to specialize study in forensic science; other minor concentrations include business, correctional counseling, court administration, criminalistics or computer science. Classes are asynchronous, allowing working students to schedule study time when it’s most convenient. Selected students will be asked to complete an internship at an approved facility prior to graduation. Students who have completed police academy training may be able to transfer credits toward this degree; some credits may also be transferred from accredited institutions.

    Testimonial

    "The Online Learning Program was the perfect solution for me. But, it was far more than just a solution. It gave me the freedom to fulfill my other responsibilities and introduced me to a new world of possibilities." -Maria Scalisi, Criminal Justice graduate 2010

    Quick Facts

    • #34 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
  25. Rank
    24
    School

    Crown College

    Location
    Saint Bonifacius, MN
    Tuition
    $415 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    8700 College View Drive
    Saint Bonifacius, MN 55375-9001
    (952) 446-4100

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Crown College, a private Christian school in Minnesota, offers an online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The program is designed for working professionals who have industry experience but lack a baccalaureate degree. Flexible online course delivery allows these students to pursue higher education without taking time off from work.

    The curriculum focuses on training practitioners in a Christ-centered approach to working with individuals in the criminal justice system. In addition to core coursework in criminal law, crime theory, victimology and other criminal justice fundamentals, students also explore Christian faith and reason, apologetics, Biblical literature and ethical leadership.

    Quick Facts

    • Transfer credits may be accepted from other accredited institutions and reduce the time necessary to earn the degree.
    • Average undergraduate GPA is 3.6 at Crown.
    • Student-to-faculty ratio is 14 to 1.
  26. Rank
    25
    School

    Northern Kentucky University

    Location
    Highland Heights, KY
    Tuition
    $388 per credit hour online
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    Websites

    Address

    Nunn Drive
    Highland Heights, KY 41099
    (859) 572-5100

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Online students at NKU have associate and bachelor’s options in online criminal justice study. These programs are delivered exclusively online and allow working adult students to pursue higher education in a flexible learning format. Distance education classes are taught by the same faculty as in campus-based programs, and students receive the same curriculum.

    Classes are asynchronous and require participants to choose study times that best suit their individual schedules. Instructors populate the BlackBoard virtual classroom with multimedia presentations, videotaped lectures, audio files and digital reading material. Students complete assignments when it’s convenient and collaborate with instructors and peers via chat rooms, forums and email.

Additional Resources

Criminal science majors can specialize in a number of fields, including crime scene investigation, forensics, terrorism investigation, public policy, behavior analysis, and several others. Since this field of study is necessary to federal and local law enforcement agencies, criminal science majors can access a wealth of free information on government websites.