Online Bachelor's in Criminal Justice Degree

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UC Online’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to provide students with an understanding of criminal offending and the criminal justice process. As society continues to grow, so does the need for careers in criminal justice and the understanding of how and why criminal behavior occurs.

The program is offered 100% online and students may enroll in the spring, summer, or fall semester. It typically takes students four years to complete the degree. Whether you are interested in careers in criminal justice, crime prevention, child behavioral problems, adolescent delinquency, or effective intervention, this degree is extremely valuable, as the program stresses an interdisciplinary study of criminal justice in America.



UC Online’s Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice program includes a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities. Classes such as Service Learning in Criminal Justice allow students to better understand the relationship between the community and correctional organizations, police, and courts. Other classes in this program include Ethics and Criminal Justice and Criminal Punishment, which examines theories and philosophies on corrections and rehabilitation.

The criminal justice curriculum also prepares UC Online students for professional licensure in the state of Ohio. To see a larger list of courses with descriptions, visit our sample curriculum page.


Criminal Justice Careers

Graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program will be prepared for careers in law enforcement, corrections and supervision, security, and safety in both the public and private sectors. Private companies often seek professionals to keep property secure and people safe or to conduct private investigations. In the public sector, graduates find employment at the local level in police and sheriff's departments, at the state level with state police and prison systems, and at the national level with the federal prison system, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security. They may also work in state and national forests as park rangers, fish and game wardens, or in airports as air marshals. View our full list of career opportunities to learn more.


Start earning your Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice degree online today!

The University of Cincinnati Online’s Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice program provides students hands-on experience and can be completed 100% online. Interested in learning more? Request more information today! Ready to apply? Start your application now.


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