Get better at bettering society.

Prepare to become the one your community turns to for answers. You can earn your social science degree online to sharpen your interpersonal skills and prepare to advance as a leader.

At Maryville, we support students like you who are brave enough to dedicate their career to improving society. That’s why we are committed to providing online social science degrees that can help you do just that. We’ve designed an online bachelor’s in criminal justice that can help you rise in the ranks, and we have even more online social science degree choices coming soon.

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Which online social science degree is right for you?

At Maryville University, expanding our online social science degree programs to meet industry demand is a priority, which is why we’re proud to offer an online bachelor’s in criminal justice that serves both police academy and non-police academy graduates. It’s our goal to meet you where you are in your law enforcement career and help you get the training to help you advance.

In addition to our online bachelor’s in criminal justice, we have several social services degrees that we look forward to launching in the coming semesters. Your goal is to use your passion to serve your community, and our goal is to provide you the best way forward to achieve the career you want.

Featured social science degree program: bachelor’s in criminal justice

Your online bachelor’s in criminal justice can prepare you for a range of careers in law enforcement, corrections, community organizations, government agencies, and more. If you’re a police academy student, you can apply credits from your training to finish your degree sooner. If you are a non-police academy student, you get the opportunity to complete an internship to get hands-on experience in your desired area of law enforcement.

Why choose Maryville to earn your social science degree online?

Choose Maryville University to earn your online bachelor’s in social science and connect to experienced faculty members who know how to help you achieve your goals in law enforcement.

You’ll also be partnering with an institution that Forbes ranked among “America’s Top Colleges.” Here, we respect excellence and aim to help you secure your next promotion — and we measure our success by yours.

Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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Ranked among “America’s Top Colleges” — Forbes, 2018

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Why earn your bachelor’s in social science online?

If you hope to earn your bachelor’s in social science online, Maryville provides a flexible program with complete technical support that can help you finish on your schedule. When you pursue a degree such as our online bachelor’s in criminal justice, you can pair it with your police academy training and complete it when it’s convenient for you.

Our program connects you to our faculty of social science experts and experienced law enforcement officials, so you receive knowledgeable guidance as you explore the field.

What careers can you pursue with your online social science degree?

With your online social science degree from Maryville, you can be bold and pursue a broad swath of law enforcement careers. Your online bachelor’s in criminal justice, for example, provides you with options to achieve specialized expertise, with elective courses in mental illness, terrorism, and abnormal psychology.

Graduates are prepared to compete for jobs in government, education, community service, and other settings. Here are some popular careers our graduates pursue**:

Criminal Investigator
Median Salary:
$79,970*

Police and Detectives
Median Salary:
$62,960*

Probation Officer
Median Salary:
$51,410*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
**Note that some law enforcement-related careers may require additional certification or police academy training.

Meet our social sciences faculty.

Preparing students to become leaders is what drives our social sciences online faculty. It’s their expertise that led Maryville to become a highly respected source of officers and law enforcement professionals today. Join us and connect to experienced mentors, like Geriann Brandt.

Geriann Brandt

Geriann Brandt,
Director of the Criminal Justice/Criminology Program; Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Criminology

Geriann Brandt has been shaping the future of law enforcement as a leader at Maryville since 2002, directing our program from her vantage point of 13 years of experience in the field. Her expertise is highly sought as a reviewer of criminal justice texts, and you can tap into it as an online student to answer your biggest questions and prepare yourself for your future in the field.