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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Serve your community as a criminal justice professional.

Utica College’s online B.S. in Criminal Justice prepares you to promote a system where justice and rights are continually served. Recognized as a program of excellence by the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA), the online bachelor’s in criminal justice program reflects the world’s need for diverse crime-fighting and prevention professionals.

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  • Duration 4-6 years
  • Cost per Credit $450
  • Credit Hours 120

Program Benefits

  • IALEIA-recognized “Program of Excellence
  • Five in-demand specializations
  • Pursue CipherTrace certification
  • Comprehensive criminal justice career preparation

Earn a Specialized Degree and Protect Your Community

As crimes become more sophisticated with technology, the demand for criminal justice professionals with advanced skill sets will continue to increase.

When you earn your online bachelor’s in criminal justice from Utica College, you’ll learn tactics to prevent criminal behavior, as well as catch and rehabilitate offenders. And, with specialization options in Cyber Criminology and Policy, Homeland Security, Legal Issues in Criminal Justice, Public Policy and Leadership, and White-Collar Crime, plus a general program option, you’ll stand out with targeted expertise based on your career goals.

Class sizes are kept small, so you can work closely with faculty who are experts in their fields and apply theory in experiential coursework under their guidance.

Certification: Lead Investigations in Cryptocurrency Fraud and Theft

Through a unique partnership with CipherTrace — a leading cryptocurrency intelligence company — you can become a CipherTrace Certified Examiner (CTCE) and learn how to analyze and trace funds lost in cryptocurrency fraud and theft. You’ll use the same tools and get the same CTCE training as regulators and law enforcement members around the world do in becoming expert cryptocurrency financial investigators.

Once certified, you’ll be able to complete an active investigation at CipherTrace and write the case report, giving you direct, hands-on experience and demonstrating an incredibly valuable skill set to employers.

Advance Your Career in Law Enforcement and Beyond

As a graduate, you’ll not only have job opportunities in areas like policing, law, probation, juvenile services, private security, and more, but you can pursue advanced study in:

  • Public administration
  • Criminal justice
  • Criminology
  • Management
  • Law

As law enforcement staffing continues to grow in private and public sectors, Utica’s criminal justice alumni have taken leadership positions at the:

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

With razor-sharp critical analysis skills concerning crime, policy claims, and policy, you’ll open a variety of doors within criminal justice to grow or begin a successful career in both government and private sectors in the U.S.

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Study Essential Criminal Justice Topics

Our online bachelor’s in criminal justice provides you with a solid foundation in criminological concepts, processes, and issues. You’ll learn to think critically about crime and understand how research informs policy.

You’ll also learn how economic and cybercrime influence traditional forms of crime and the justice system’s response to these offenses. Plus, customize your learning to your career goals with five specializations and a general program option.

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Program Outcomes

When you graduate from Utica’s online B.S. in Criminal Justice program, you’ll be able to:

Customize Your Criminal Justice Degree

By choosing one of the career-focused specializations available in the online B.S. in Criminal Justice program, you’ll graduate prepared to serve the common good in the role you want.

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 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.

Admission Requirements

Our online bachelor’s in criminal justice now accepts applications from first-time freshmen and students with some college credit. Admission requirements include:

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Tuition and Financial Aid

This program costs $450 per credit hour. Utica is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid.

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Faculty Spotlight: Learn From Criminal Justice Professionals

Our online bachelor’s in criminal justice courses are taught by faculty with strong industry backgrounds in law, cybersecurity, public policy, homeland security, and fraud. They bring extensive experience into their courses to prepare you for the real work involved in catching a criminal, preventing crime, and supporting the justice system.

Gregory Walsh

Gregory E. Walsh, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

Prior to joining Utica in 2008, Gregory E. Walsh, Ed.D., held a variety of positions with the New York State Police. His 25-year career culminated in 2003 when he was promoted to Captain in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).

While with the BCI, Walsh managed all major criminal investigations for the state police in a seven-county area and supervised specialized units, including the Computer Crimes Unit, the Forensic Identification Unit, the Counter-Terrorism Unit, and the Violent Crimes Investigation Unit. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Walsh was appointed chairman of a seven-county counter-terrorism law enforcement conglomerate and served as a member of the U.S. Attorney’s Anti-Terrorism Task Force.

In 2016, Walsh took a sabbatical in Brazil to study security and anti-terrorism operations at the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. He continues to research mass-gathering security issues around the world.

Honors and Distinctions

  • 25-year career in criminal justice
  • M.A. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany
  • Ed.D. from Fielding Graduate University

Selected Publications

  • Walsh, G.E. (contributor) et al., (2016) Change and Reform in Law Enforcement: Old and New Efforts from Across the Globe. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press.
  • Walsh, G.E. (2013). Where do Emergency Management Programs Fit on Campus? Emergency Management, 11(5) pp.
  • Lynch, L. M., McBride, B. R., Thibault, E. A., Walsh, G. E. (2014) Proactive Police Management. New York, New York: Pearson.
Shanna Van Slyke

Shanna Van Slyke, Ph.D.

Professor, Criminal Justice

Shanna Van Slyke, Ph.D., is interested in power, privilege, and punishment—including white-collar crime, inequality, and perp walks. Currently, she is studying public opinion on perp walks, examining media constructions of white-collar versus street crime, and writing a textbook titled Compelling Criminal Justice Communications.

Dr. Van Slyke co-edited The Oxford Handbook of White-Collar Crime, and her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in journals such as Criminology and Public Policy; Crime, Law, and Social Change; Punishment and Society; and Criminal Justice Studies.

In 2013, Van Slyke was invited to speak at the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s Economic Crime Symposium, and she was the recipient of the National White-Collar Crime Center and White-Collar Crime Research Consortium’s Young Career Award.

Honors and Distinctions

  • Numerous publications on criminology, policy, and white collar crime in scholarly journals, such as Criminology and Public Policy; Crime, Law, and Social Change; Punishment and Society; and Criminal Justice Studies.
  • 2013 recipient of the National White-Collar Crime Center and White-Collar Crime Research Consortium’s Young Career Award
  • B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Criminology from Florida State University’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Selected Publications

  • Van Slyke, S.R., Benson, M.L., and Virkler, W.M. (2018). Confidence in police, due process, and perp walks: Public opinion on the pretrial shaming of criminal suspects. Criminology and Public Policy, 17(3), 605-634.
  • Van Slyke, S.R., Benson, M.L., Cullen, F.T. (Eds.). (2016) The Oxford Handbook of White-Collar Crime. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Van Slyke, S.R., Bales, W.D. (2013). Gender dynamics in the sentencing of white-collar offenders. Criminal Justice Studies, 26(2), 168-196.
  • Van Slyke, S.R., Bales, W.D. (2012). A contemporary study of the decision to incarcerate white-collar and street property offenders. Punishment and Society, 14(2), 217-246.
  • Van Slyke, S.R., Mattar, M. (2010). Improving our approach to human trafficking (Introduction). Criminology and Public Policy, (2), 197-200.

Benefits of Being an Online Student

Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You’ll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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Planning Your Budget

Paying for an online education doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ve compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Advancing your life and career by earning an online criminal justice degree comes with lots of questions, and we want your search for answers to be effortless. If you have a question we haven’t covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

We’ve designed our programs to fit into the lives of students as they maintain full-time employment. As such, students are expected to take one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester. The length of time students take to complete the 120 credit hours required to earn the degree, depends on the number of credits transferred in, as well as other factors such as credit load each semester. Students may be able to take more classes per semester with permission from the Program Director.

No. This program is for students who want to begin or grow their career in criminal justice.

Utica College’s criminal justice program is $450 per credit. Additional expenses can include:

  • Distance Learning Fee: $70 per online course
  • Graduation Fee: $55
  • Tuition Deposit Fee: $300 (one-time fee; if you have a FAFSA on file, you may not be required to pay this fee, and if you are using VA tuition benefits, you are not required to pay this fee. Please make a note that you have a FAFSA or VA benefits on your tuition deposit card.)

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It’s up to you. We’ve designed our online program to fit into the lives of students as they maintain full-time employment. As such, a typical course load is one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester. This is considered full-time for financial aid purposes.

Recent changes to the online BS in Criminal Justice curriculum has made it eligible for completion by first-time freshmen, as well as students with some college credit.

To earn the B.S. in Criminal Justice degree, you’ll complete a total of 120 credit hours. Required courses will range from major courses to specializations and general electives.

Learn more on the criminal justice curriculum page.

Yes. Students can transfer up to 60 credits from a 2-year institution and up to 90 credits from a 4-year institution to the online B.S. in Criminal Justice degree program. Transfer credit is awarded for courses taken at a regionally accredited college that are equivalent to those taught at Utica College and in which you’ve received a grade of “C” or better. The last 30 credit hours in the bachelor’s program must be earned at Utica College. Note that we require official transcripts from all colleges you’ve attended, as well as a transcript showing the degree awarded.

Shortly after you receive your letter of admission, you will receive an evaluation of your transfer credits from the Registrar’s Office. If you want to check credit eligibility ahead of time, use TES® (Transfer Evaluation System).