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Online Criminal Justice Degrees

Prevent Crime Locally, Nationally, and Globally

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Protect Communities and Combat Fraud

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Develop a Truly Modern Criminal Justice Skill Set

As fighting crime becomes more sophisticated, law enforcement employers are adding tech-savvy professionals to their workforces. If you’re ready to develop competencies for these urgent-need roles, explore the online criminal justice degrees from Utica College.

Our online criminal justice degrees prepare you to use innovative tactics and technologies to protect communities and companies from illegal activity. The coursework prepares you for vital roles beyond policing and private security, instilling knowledge of public administration, management, and law.

We designed our online criminal justice degrees to help you develop skills for positions with local law enforcement, federal agencies, and national organizations. You can also select specializations that focus on:

  • Homeland security
  • Cyber criminology
  • Public policy
  • White-collar crime
  • Financial investigation
  • Fraud prevention and detection

Our online criminal justice degrees help you advance in the specific criminal justice area where you want to make a difference. What’s more, the difference our B.S. in Criminal Justice makes for students helped us earn recognition for excellence from the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA).

Do you want to develop a global perspective of criminal justice? With our M.S. in Financial Crime and Compliance Management degree, you can acquire the expertise to investigate and prevent criminal behavior throughout the finance sector. That includes corporate roles that offer impressive earning potential.

Online Criminal Justice Degrees

We offer a range of online criminal justice degrees, enabling you to focus on the aspect of law enforcement that matches your career goals. Discover programs that focus on fraud and financial crime investigation, compliance management, and more.

B.S. in Criminal Justice

Fight crime with a skill set that reflects the world’s current needs. Select a specialization in public policy, legal issues, homeland security, white-collar crime, or cyber criminology.

B.S. in Criminal Justice: Cyber Criminology and Policy

Understand how IT, cybersecurity, social networking, cloud computing, cryptography, data hiding, anonymity, and surveillance concepts relate to the modern criminal justice organization.

B.S. in Criminal Justice: Homeland Security

Learn about risk assessment, training, emergency management, disaster recovery, and the global aspects of security administration, so you graduate better prepared to defend our nation.

B.S. in Criminal Justice: Legal Issues in Criminal Justice

Get a solid foundation of policies, legal issues, and investigative techniques and strategies, so you’re prepared to participate in and lead criminal investigations.

B.S. in Criminal Justice: Public Policy and Leadership

Learn how criminal studies policy can affect, and be affected by, research while learning the theory and process of designing public policy and measuring its impact.

B.S. in Criminal Justice: White-Collar Crime

Learn how to deal with fraud in face-to-face transactions, e-commerce, and e-business, including the development and implementation of business models for production of prevention and detection products and techniques.

B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation

Learn crucial skills in criminal justice and accounting to combat fraud, money laundering, and corruption. This is one of the few online academic programs of its kind in the nation.

B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation: Financial Investigation

Learn accounting skills to pinpoint and document potential financial misdeeds with coursework that emphasizes accounting concepts and procedures, data analysis, methods of detecting fraud and damage assessment.

B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation: Fraud Prevention and Detection

Learn to identify potential deception and other forms of economic crimes as well as areas of potential vulnerability to fraud and economic crime.

M.S. in Financial Crime and Compliance Management

See economic crime from a global perspective. Gain skills in management, technology, and analysis to combat financial crime and prepare for a career in anti-money laundering, risk management, and more.

M.S. in Forensic Accounting

Prepare to audit, investigate, and prevent fraud and other financial crimes while you complete the academic requirements for CPA licensure in NY and most other states.

Financial Crimes Investigator Certificate

Study financial investigation with a leading institution for economic crime and fraud prevention. You’ll blend forensic accounting with criminal justice to more effectively combat financial crime.

Career Outlook: Prepare for High-Demand, High-Profile Roles

Communities need professionals with diverse talents to detect fraud, enforce laws, and protect homeland security. With our online criminal justice degrees, you can join the next generation of professionals seeking to combat criminal behavior as it evolves. Our online criminal justice degrees have helped our alumni begin leadership positions with the:

  • N.Y. State Office of the Attorney General
  • Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

You can also prepare to combat fraud in the private sector. One potential career path for B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation graduates is financial examiner. This role has a median salary of $81,430 per year, and hiring will grow 18% from 2020 to 2030.1


Our online criminal justice degrees focus on the practical skills and expertise that help you qualify for roles at the local, state, and federal levels. Our students are also eligible to take CipherTrace Certified Examiner (CTCE) training at no additional cost. This training provides valuable experience and skills for analyzing and tracing funds lost due to cryptocurrency fraud. What’s more, our financial crime management programs support your preparation for the ACAMS and ACFE industry certification exams.

Accredited and Recognized for Excellence

Our accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education speaks to the quality of the online criminal justice degrees you’ll find at Utica College. We have also earned these rankings from U.S. News & World Report:

  • No. 90 in Regional Universities North
  • No. 30 in Top Performers for Social Mobility

Additionally, our B.S. in Criminal Justice program was recognized as a program of excellence by the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA).

Faculty: Experts in Every Aspect of Criminal Justice

Our faculty has the experience to take your criminal justice career to the next level. Learn from professionals and leaders who have worked to prevent fraud and financial crime with an array of organizations, such as MasterCard and Goldman Sachs. They have also held leadership roles with high-profile agencies, including the:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Department of the Interior
  • Secret Service

Tap into their expertise as you pursue one of our online criminal justice degrees.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about our online criminal justice degrees. If you want to ask a different question, please call (866) 295-3106 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

Yes! U.S. News & World Report has named us a Top 200 Regional University, and our programs have been recognized for excellence by the SR Education Group,,, and other organizations.

We’re accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This recognition affirms that you’ll receive an exceptional and rigorously evaluated online education as a Utica student.

Work experience is not required for most of our online criminal justice degrees. Please review the admission details for your program of interest to learn more.

That depends on the type of degree you are pursuing. In many cases, we accept transfer credits from other regionally accredited schools if they apply to your chosen curriculum.

As part of the admissions process, our staff completes a detailed, course-by-course evaluation of your previously earned credits to determine if and how many of your previously earned credits apply. Please review the admission details for your program of interest to learn more.

Studying online offers many benefits. You can choose where and when you study, all while continuing your career, raising a family, and contributing to your community as you advance your education.

Plus, you won’t have to commute or find on-campus housing as an online learner, which could help you save money as you learn. Visit our Online Student Life page to learn more about the online student experience.

You will typically dedicate 12 to 15 hours per week to each online course. While the rigor and expectations for on-campus and online instruction are the same, the flexible online format helps you fit the coursework into your schedule in the way that works for you.

Utica College is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon program, making additional funds available for U.S. military students without an additional charge to their GI Bill® entitlement. Read more about Utica College benefits for U.S. military veterans and service members.

Utica College provides a 10% tuition discount for online students and spouses of Active Duty, Reserve, and Guard service members. Students can also apply for Yellow Ribbon funding, the GI Bill®, VA benefits, Army Emergency Relief, Air Force Aid, Navy/Marine Corps relief, and The American Legion scholarships. Read more about benefits for veterans and service member benefits at Utica College.


  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021 September 8). Financial Examiners. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on September 14, 2021, from