BS Criminal Justice Degree Program FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the admissions requirements for the online B.S. in Criminal Justice program?
A: The admissions requirements for the online B.S. in Criminal Justice include:

  • $25 application fee (waiver available when you speak to a program manager)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions (some prior college-level coursework required)
  • Students applying to 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)

Q: What is the Law Enforcement/Corrections option?
A: The Law Enforcement/Corrections option offers a tuition discount for full-time professionals currently employed in the criminal justice field. The program curriculum is the same, but students who qualify tor this option are eligible for a 15% discount on tuition! To qualify, you'll need to submit evidence of employment in the criminal justice field, such as an agency ID or employer letter. 

Q: How long does it take to earn the criminal justice bachelor’s degree?
A: Typical time to completion for the bachelor's in criminal justice program is two to four years. This can vary depending on the number of transfer credits brought into the program and whether you are taking a full-time or part-time course load. Review curriculum requirements here.

Q: What is the 5th Year option?
A: The 5th Year option allows you to begin earning credit toward your master’s in criminal justice while completing your bachelor’s in criminal justice. With this option, you can take up to three master’s-level courses at the undergraduate tuition rate and earn your master’s degree faster.

Q: Do I have to be on campus at any time during the program?
A: All of the coursework in this degree program is delivered entirely online. If you opt to complete an internship, in-person field hours may be required.

Q: How long is each class term?
A: Each class term is eight weeks.

Q: Are there prerequisites required?
A: No specific prerequisite courses are required for this program, but you must have completed some prior college-level coursework. To qualify for the 15% discount via the Law Enforcement/Corrections option, you must submit evidence of current, full-time employment in the criminal justice field.

Q: Can I transfer credits?
A: We accept up to 75 transfer credits for the B.S. in Criminal Justice program, or up to 90 if you have a previously conferred bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Transferring in your previously earned credits can help you save time and money by finishing your degree faster. Review this degree’s curriculum and transfer credit information here.

Q: What kinds of jobs are available to me upon graduating with this degree?
A: With a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, you can pursue careers in law enforcement, corrections, security, and the courts. Potential roles include:

  • Border patrol agent
  • Conservation officer
  • Detective
  • Forensics assistant
  • Law enforcement officer (local, federal, or state)
  • Probation officer
  • Special agent

Learn more about career options here.

Q: Is this program accredited?
A: This program is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s Police Career Incentive Pay Program (also known as the Quinn Bill) enacted by the state legislature to encourage officers to earn degrees in law enforcement and criminal justice. 

Q: I have many other questions about online learning, student support, tuition, etc.
A: You’ll find more details on our General FAQ page. You can also call 877-265-3201 to speak with a Program Manager right away or request more information, and we’ll contact you.

Anna Maria College was approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to participate in SARA, and became a SARA institution in 2021. At this time, only California is not a member state. If you reside in California and are interested in taking an online class at Anna Maria College, or for more information about our participation in SARA, click here.