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 criminal justice degree 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 criminal justice degree program reflects the world's need for diverse crime-fighting and prevention professionals.

Fast Facts

Modality

100% Online

Total Credits

120

Cost Per Credit

$450

Time To Complete

4–6 years

Specializations

5

 
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          Help Protect Your Community

          As crimes become more sophisticated with the use of technology, the demand for criminal justice professionals with specialized skill sets will continue to increase. You'll learn tactics to prevent criminal behavior, as well as catch and rehabilitate offenders. And, with six specializations to choose from, you'll be able to stand out with a targeted skill set based on your career goals.

          Career Outlook

          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, and law.

          With razor-sharp critical analysis skills concerning crime, policy claims, and policy, you'll open a myriad 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

          Curriculum

          Our online B.S. in Criminal Justice provides you with a solid foundation in criminological concepts, processes, and issues. You'll think critically about crime, policy claims, and understand how research informs policy. You'll learn how economic and cybercrime influence traditional forms of crime and the justice system's response to these offenses. Plus, tailor your learning to your career goals with six program specializations.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Curriculum

          Our online B.S. in Criminal Justice provides you with a solid foundation in criminological concepts, processes, and issues. You'll think critically about crime, policy claims, and understand how research informs policy. You'll learn how economic and cybercrime influence traditional forms of crime and the justice system's response to these offenses. Plus, tailor your learning to your career goals with six program specializations.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Specializing Your Skills in Criminal Justice

          By choosing one of our career-focused criminal justice specializations, you'll graduate with experience in serving the common good in the role you want.

          Admissions Requirements

          Our B.S. in Criminal Justice now accepts applications from first-time freshmen, as well as students with some college credit. Admission requirements include:

          • Completed application
          • 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's degree or transferring a minimum of 57 credits from a four-year college, your general educational 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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          Faculty: Learn From Criminal Justice Professionals

          Our online criminal justice undergraduate program courses are taught by faculty with strong industry backgrounds in law, cybersecurity, public policy, homeland security, and fraud. They bring extensive industry experience into their courses with experiential syllabi that 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 with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is 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).