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Online Criminal Justice Degree and Certificate Programs

Criminal justice degrees and criminal justice certificate programs can prepare you to work in a variety of law enforcement fields. Areas of concentration include corrections, homeland security, customs, forensics, police work and public safety. In addition to general education classes, coursework in a criminal justice program focuses on criminology, ethics, investigation and the law. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice are popular online criminal justice degrees.

You can choose to earn either an on-campus or online criminal justice degree. Click on the "request info" button next to an accredited school listed below to receive information on specific on-campus and online criminal justice degree programs.

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Fairmont State UniversityUndergraduate
Fairmont, WV

Faulkner UniversityOnline

Faulkner UniversityUndergraduate
Montgomery, AL

Fayetteville State UniversityUndergraduate
Fayetteville, NC

Ferris State UniversityUndergraduate
Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State UniversityOnline

Ferrum CollegeUndergraduate
Ferrum, VA

Fitchburg State UniversityUndergraduate
Fitchburg, MA

Fitchburg State UniversityOnline

Florida Atlantic UniversityUndergraduate
Boca Raton, FL

Florida Gulf Coast UniversityUndergraduate
Fort Myers, FL

Florida International UniversityUndergraduate
Miami, FL

Florida International UniversityOnline

Florida State UniversityOnline

Florida State UniversityUndergraduate
Tallahassee, FL

Fort Hays State UniversityUndergraduate
Hays, KS

Fort Hays State UniversityOnline

Fort Valley State UniversityUndergraduate
Fort Valley, GA

Franklin Pierce UniversityUndergraduate
Rindge, NH

Freed-Hardeman UniversityUndergraduate
Henderson, TN

Friends UniversityUndergraduate
Wichita, KS

Frostburg State UniversityUndergraduate
Frostburg, MD

Gannon UniversityUndergraduate
Erie, PA

George Washington UniversityUndergraduate
Washington, DC

George Washington UniversityOnline

Georgia College & State UniversityOnline

Georgia College & State UniversityUndergraduate
Milledgeville, GA

Georgia Southern UniversityUndergraduate
Statesboro, GA

Georgia Southern UniversityOnline

Georgia State UniversityUndergraduate
Atlanta, GA

Georgian Court UniversityUndergraduate
Lakewood, NJ

Gonzaga UniversityUndergraduate
Spokane, WA

Governors State UniversityUndergraduate
University Park, IL

Grace College and SeminaryUndergraduate
Winona Lake, IN

Graceland UniversityUndergraduate
Lamoni, IA

Graceland UniversityOnline

Grambling State UniversityUndergraduate
Grambling, LA

Grand Canyon UniversityUndergraduate
Phoenix, AZ

Grand Valley State UniversityUndergraduate
Allendale, MI

Grand View UniversityUndergraduate
Des Moines, IA

Granite State CollegeUndergraduate
Concord, NH

Granite State CollegeOnline

Greenville CollegeUndergraduate
Greenville, IL

Guilford CollegeUndergraduate
Greensboro, NC

Gustavus Adolphus CollegeUndergraduate
St. Peter, MN

Hamline UniversityUndergraduate
St. Paul, MN

Hannibal-LaGrange UniversityUndergraduate
Hannibal, MO

Hardin-Simmons UniversityUndergraduate
Abilene, TX

Harding UniversityUndergraduate
Searcy, AR

Harris-Stowe State UniversityUndergraduate
St. Louis, MO

Criminal Justice Degree Programs and Careers – Job Outlook

Earning your on-campus or online criminal justice degree can qualify you for jobs in the area you specialize in. A forensics degree may lead to employment as a crime scene investigator, while a homeland security degree could help you start a career as a federal air marshal. A law enforcement degree is appropriate if you want to be a police officer or detective, while a public safety degree can prepare you to enter the emergency services field.

Online Criminal Justice Degree Options

  • Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice – This 2-year degree prepares you for entry-level jobs in law enforcement. Some states require additional training – such as academy attendance – to become a police or corrections officer. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for police officers was $55,270 in May 2012.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice – Having this degree increases your ability to acquire higher-level law enforcement jobs; advancing to detective, sheriff, or warden is much easier for bachelor’s degree holders. BLS data indicates that detectives had a median annual salary of $74,300 in May 2012.
  • Master’s degree in Criminal Justice – Requiring about two years of postgraduate study, your criminal justice master’s degree prepares you to fill advanced roles in law enforcement, such as inspector or chief of police. According to the BLS, top-earning criminal investigators were making $122,990 or more in May 2012.
  • PhD in Criminal Justice – Representing the pinnacle of academic achievement in the field, earning a PhD in Criminal Justice takes three or more years of postgraduate work. This degree prepares you for top policy-making positions and university professorships. BLS data indicates criminal justice professors had a median annual salary of $58,040 in May 2012.
  • Criminal Justice Certificates – Certificates in criminal justice are generally designed to teach you a specific skill set. Such skills often complement your existing professional knowledge to open up new paths of advancement. For example, if you are a police officer who wants to become a detective, earning a Certificate in Crime Analysis may help you qualify for that promotion.