Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Program Overview

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.

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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Pay 2020 Rates in 2021*. Tuition Rates will remain steady for the 2020-21 academic year.
*Tuition freeze is subject to change on June 1, 2021
 

Fast Facts

Modality

100% Online

Total Credits

120

Cost Per Credit

$450

Time To Complete

4–6 years

Specializations

5 (plus a general program option)

 
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          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.

          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.

          JOBS AND INCOME

          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.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          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.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Program Outcomes

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

          • Demonstrate knowledge of key criminal justice and criminological concepts, processes, and issues.
          • Describe major criminological theories in terms of the causes and controls of crime, considering the community.
          • Exhibit critical thinking about crime and criminal justice policy claims and issues with an emphasis on questioning the credibility of claims and statistics.
          • Articulate how research is used to test hypotheses and inform policy decisions, including the design of evaluation studies.
          • Describe how ethics influence the exercise of discretion in the field of criminal justice and the conduct of criminological research.
          • Communicate effectively about crime and the criminal justice system, including written and oral communication and technology proficiency.
          • Demonstrate an understanding of what effective employment in a criminal justice setting involves.
          • Articulate how economic and cybercrime influence traditional forms of crime and the criminal justice system’s response to them.

          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.

          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:

          • Completed application
          • Résumé
          • Personal Statement
          • Letter of Recommendation
          • Official Transcripts
            • Official final high school transcripts (with graduation date) are required for all undergraduate students.
            • If you are entering with an associate degree or transferring a minimum of 57 credits from a four-year college, your general education requirements are considered complete.
          • SAT or ACT for first-time freshmen if you’d like these to be considered

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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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          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.

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          Why Learn Online
          With Utica College?

          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 a program manager.

          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.)

          Learn more on the criminal justice tuition page.

          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. Transfer credit is awarded for courses taken at a regionally accredited college that are equivalent to those taught at Utica College and for which you received a grade of "C" or better. 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).