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
  • Letter of recommendation (for traditional track students)
  • Students applying to the degree completion 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 degree completion option?
A: The degree completion option is designed for students who have completed some college coursework and features a streamlined curriculum with fewer courses. If you are eligible for this option, you can complete your degree in as little as one year. Read more about course content for the degree completion option here.

Q: How long does it take to earn the criminal justice bachelor’s degree?
A: With the degree completion option, you can finish the criminal justice bachelor’s program in as little as one year. On the traditional track, you can finish in two to four years. 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 prerequisite courses are required for this program. However, to enroll in the degree completion option, you must be currently employed full-time 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. 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.