Prepare to protect and serve your community with Anna Maria College's online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree. This flexible 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 75 credits to earn your degree in as little as two years.
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.
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.
Online Degree Completion Option
If you are a full-time professional currently working in the criminal justice field, you can earn your degree at an accelerated pace with our Degree Completion option. This track is designed for students who have completed some college coursework and features a streamlined curriculum with fewer courses. To be accepted into this program, 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.
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
- Law enforcement officer (local, federal, state)
- Probation officer
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.
Study Essential Criminal Justice Topics
The online bachelor's degree in criminal justice includes 40 total courses, 15 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, or as little as one year with the Degree Completion option.
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.
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:
- $25 application fee (waiver available when you speak to a program manager)
- Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
- Personal statement
- Letter of recommendation (only required for first time undergraduate students)
- Students applying to the Degree Completion track 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).
Get Started Today
Take the next step in achieving your personal and professional goals. Click here to learn more or call 877-265-3201 to speak with a program manager.