A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice can open the door to many different career opportunities. Graduates of our online program will be prepared for positions in law enforcement, loss prevention, corrections and supervision, safety and security 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, graduates can find themselves working in roles in state police and prison systems, and at the national level with the federal prison system, FBI, Department of Homeland Security and many other agencies.
Graduates are also qualified to work in roles such as park rangers, fish and game wardens, or air marshals. Because of the significant challenges inherent in many law enforcement careers, jobs in criminal justice are typically well-compensated. For example, police officers and detectives average around $65,000 annually (with opportunities to earn pay boosts for working overtime and for earning academic degrees) and federal law enforcement officials and other criminal justice professionals can often earn well over $100,000.
By earning your bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati, you will position yourself to pursue a broad spectrum of criminal justice careers that connect with your own individual interests and passions:
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“Every course was applicable in my current role as a Probation and Parole Officer. I was able to incorporate some of the evidence-based practices in my everyday work and apply my own experience to my course work.”
No. your degree will be conferred by the University of Cincinnati, which will also be reflected on your transcripts and degree.
Yes. Many of our students qualify for some type of financial aid.
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Yes, to walk across the stage for your graduation. (Just kidding, that is optional!)
The University of Cincinnati’s online programs are truly all online, requiring no on-campus visits. There are a few rare exceptions and those are noted on the program information pages.
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