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Online Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice

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5th Year Option

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Prepare to Protect and Serve Your Community

Anna Maria College’s flexible online B.S. in Criminal Justice program is designed to deliver the essential theoretical and practical knowledge you need to succeed in a range of criminal justice contexts, including law enforcement, corrections, government agencies and more.

Anna Maria’s curriculum takes a comprehensive view of our justice system, training you to lead ethically and address current issues in the field. We also offer credit for your previous academic experience. Transfer up to 90 credits to earn your degree in as little as two years. Successful completion of the police academy can count for nine credits towards your degree.

Because the online B.S. in Criminal Justice is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Education’s Quinn Bill, graduates are eligible for the pay incentives outlined in the Police Career Incentive Pay Program (PCIPP). Anna Maria students also benefit from an extensive alumni network and nationwide connections within law enforcement and public service organizations. Plus, our high job placement rate means you’ll graduate ready to take your next professional step.

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Study Essential Criminal Justice Topics

40 Courses

120 Total Credits

The online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice includes 40 total courses, 13 of which are included in the major. You will study in a flexible, 100% online format and can complete your degree in two to four years.

Build your expertise in areas like constitutional law, justice systems, criminology and social issues while gaining relevant knowledge you can directly apply in the workplace. An internship is also offered as an optional program component for real-world skill development in criminal justice settings.

Curriculum Details

Admissions Requirements

Anna Maria’s program managers are available to assist you with the entire enrollment process, and you will receive continued support from a dedicated student services coordinator throughout your program. You can start your application today using our secure online portal.

To apply to the online bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice, you will need:

Online Application FormApply Now; $25 application fee (waiver available when you speak to a program manager)
TranscriptsOfficial transcripts from all previously attended institutions (some prior college-level coursework required)
Additional Requirements
  • Personal statement
  • Students applying for the Law Enforcement/Corrections option must provide evidence that they are currently employed in a full-time capacity in the criminal justice field (typically an agency ID or employer letter)
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Advance Your Criminal Justice Career

Earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice can help you expand your skills to prepare for promotions and new opportunities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for detectives and criminal investigators is $86,940.1 Whether you want to pursue positions in law enforcement, corrections or another area, continuing your education with Anna Maria College will set you up for success.

Bachelor’s in criminal justice jobs include:

  • Border patrol agent
  • Detective
  • Probation officer
  • Law enforcement officer (local, federal, state)
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Save Time & Money

Depending on your prior field experience and academic goals, you may be eligible to pursue one of the following accelerated program options for the online B.S. in Criminal Justice program.

Law Enforcement/Corrections Discount

Full-time professionals currently working in the criminal justice field may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program. Apply or request information for the Law Enforcement/Corrections option if this applies to you and you could receive a 15% discount on tuition! To qualify, you will need to submit evidence of employment in the criminal justice field, such as an agency ID or employer letter.

5th Year Option

Students in the bachelor’s program can also choose to take up to three master’s-level courses at the undergraduate tuition rate with our 5th Year Option. This course of study allows you to earn your M.S. in Criminal Justice faster and at a lower cost.

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Learn From Criminal Justice Experts

As a student, you will take courses taught by subject matter experts and real-world practitioners, benefiting from their insight and expertise. Anna Maria’s faculty is committed to supporting you throughout your program and can offer personalized guidance on coursework, career options and more.