Online Bachelor's in Criminal Justice

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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Degree Online

Today’s leading criminology and criminal justice professionals no longer rely on gut instincts alone, but utilize data-driven law enforcement tactics to predict criminality before it happens. It’s an evolution that requires critical thinkers who understand human behavior and legal procedure.

That’s exactly what Maryville’s online criminal justice degree can help you become. Our coursework combines criminal justice, criminology, psychology, and criminal law — all of which can prepare you for modern careers in law enforcement and corrections.

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Why Earn Your Online Criminal Justice Degree?

Your online criminal justice degree can lead to many different career opportunities. For some, it’s advancement in your field. For others, it’s making the transition to a new sector. It can also mean breaking into a new field entirely. The versatility of your online criminal justice degree can be part of its appeal.

Our online criminology degree is designed to help both active and aspiring professionals advance. How? Our industry-experienced faculty take an interdisciplinary approach to complex theory, which you can learn to apply to real-world scenarios.

Flexible, affordable — and 100% online

100% online coursework.
No campus visits required.

Get supportive and attentive guidance.
Discuss your goals with dedicated faculty, who can help you connect the curriculum to your career vision.

Study at a respected school.
Join Maryville University, which ranks among Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” and the best values in private colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

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What Can You Do with Your Online Criminal Justice Degree?

Our online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice can help you qualify for jobs in police departments, community organizations, schools, and other settings. It’s designed to help active professionals enhance their expertise and to prepare students for the police academy.

You can work in a variety of criminal justice settings, including:

  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Community service
  • Probation and parole services
  • Government/public sector
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Private enterprise

What’s the market outlook for online criminal justice degree graduates?

Criminal justice degree graduates studying rising trends

Higher demand for protective services.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects more than 95,200 jobs will be created in protective services from 2019 to 2029. Demand is also projected to increase for a variety of jobs in federal agencies, such as transit and railroad police, and gaming investigators.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

young professional graduate of criminal justice degree program

Increased earning potential for police officers.

In 2020, police and detectives earned a median salary of $67,290, and the highest 10% earned more than $113,860. The criminal justice degree can help prepare you for police academy training.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Prepare for advancement.

First-line supervisors of police and detectives earn a median salary of $92,970 with the top 10% earning more than $152,090. Postsecondary criminal justice and law enforcement teachers earn a median salary of $63,560.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why Choose Maryville University’s Online Criminal Justice Program?

At Maryville University, we recognize that superior law enforcement starts with a robust, practical knowledge base. That’s why our online criminal justice program offers an interdisciplinary approach to help you apply theory to real-world scenarios.

Maryville University was founded in 1872 and has been connecting motivated professionals with industry expertise ever since. Here, 96% of our online undergraduate program graduates find a new career in their chosen field or enroll in advanced education programs within six months of graduation. We’re proud of our reputation for quality academics, accelerated growth, and affordability because it demonstrates our devotion to advancing students like you.

Our online criminal justice degree can help you emerge ready for police academy training — which can prepare you to work in law enforcement, corrections, community service, and a variety of other settings. With Maryville Online, you can graduate with a firm understanding of the social phenomenon of crime. It’s a level of preparation that can advance your career in the field of social sciences or prepare you for graduate studies.

Maryville meets high standards:

Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Forbes America's Top Colleges
Kiplinger Best College Values
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Our students are finding success at Maryville. So can you.

“It’s really awesome to make a mistake in the classroom with a police officer as your instructor, because they address the mistake, and I’ll learn from them now instead of in the academy or out on the street.

Richard Hinchsliff

“I think the main thing I love about our program is how deeply involved you become in everything, and how interactive it is.”

Jasmine Schmidt

Our faculty know the law inside and out.

Geriann Brandt, Director of Criminal Justice/Criminology, Assistant Professor

Meet Geriann Brandt

Director of the Criminal Justice/Criminology Program, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Criminology

A leading educator in criminology, Geriann Brandt has been helping Maryville criminal justice students hone investigative skills for more than 15 years.

  • MA, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • BA, Maryville University

Professor Brandt began teaching criminal justice courses at Maryville University in 2002, after more than 13 years working in law enforcement. As an officer, she positively impacted her community, and now as an educator she inspires students to cultivate sharp investigative skills so they can do the same.

Today she leads our online criminal justice degree program by combining firsthand experience with more than a decade of success teaching students to connect theory to real-life work. It’s why her expertise is in demand as a reviewer of academic texts, including the 2016 edition of Criminal Violence: Patterns, Explanations, and Interventions.

Professor Brandt provides expert career guidance to help you consider what career is best suited for you. She also shares insights from her connections in law enforcement, exemplifying the expert guidance you can receive as a Maryville criminal justice student.

Online Criminal Justice Degree Curriculum

The online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice curriculum is designed to prepare students with a deeper understanding of the law and its enforcement. It includes general education courses, a social science research sequence and police academy or internship options, in addition to the criminal justice/criminology core courses and electives.

Students enrolling in the online criminal justice degree program may also be able to obtain credit for successful completion of police academy training through select academies. Alternatively, students may opt for a non-police academy track and through an internship and seminar courses, complete project-based learning at social and protective service agencies.

You can satisfy the general education requirement through eligible transfer credits.

Criminal Justice/Criminology Core Courses — Enhance your understanding of the dynamics related to the criminality, the law, and its enforcement with courses covering criminology theory, criminal law and procedures, police management, multicultural policing, and more.

Criminal Justice/Criminology Elective Courses — Select your electives, depending on your interests, with courses covering topics such as criminal investigations, domestic and international terrorism, or mental illness and society.

Social Science Research Sequence — The social science research sequence includes a series of courses designed to help students emerge with an inter-connected understanding of how to craft research, analyze results and present findings.

General Education Courses — Broaden your learning with coursework in psychology, biology, English composition, and more.

Add more opportunity to your
criminal justice degree.

At Maryville University, you can get a head start on your graduate degree while earning your bachelor’s in criminal justice through our Early Access program.

With Early Access, you can earn up to 12 credits that count toward your master’s degree and your bachelor’s. Credits you earn through Early Access are charged at the undergraduate tuition rate, meaning you can save time and money on your graduate education.

To qualify for Early Access, you must be a current Maryville undergraduate student, and you must have completed at least 75 credit hours with a GPA of 3.25 or better.

If you qualify and you have not yet completed your elective requirements, we invite you to contact your academic advisor to explore Early Access and learn more about some of our exciting online graduate programs. You can get more out of your bachelor’s in criminal justice by pairing it with one of the following master’s degrees:

Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership: Learn to lead through an immersive curriculum that gives you the opportunity to study theory, gain practical experience, and earn relevant professional certifications.

Master of Science in Cybersecurity: A robust curriculum of specialty courses that provide the skills and experience you need to be well-versed in both offensive and defensive techniques.

Master of Arts in Management and Leadership: Designed to help you prepare for a senior-level management position in whichever field you choose.

Apply to the online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice program at Maryville University.