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B.S. in Criminal Justice: Homeland Security Specialization

Prepare to Defend Critical National Infrastructures

Wide-Scale Emergency Management Skills

Foundation in International Politics

Industry-Experienced Faculty

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

Program Benefits

  • Protect America’s most valuable assets and infrastructure
  • Earn CipherTrace certification
  • Added benefits for active-duty U.S. military
  • Small class sizes
  • 6 start dates per year

Security in Service

Discover what goes into safeguarding some of our most valuable national assets and develop your understanding of international politics, threat and vulnerability analysis, contingency planning, and counterterrorism measures.

Utica University’s online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Homeland Security prepares you to enter the workforce well acquainted with the emergency management response cycle, disaster recovery, and the global aspects of security administration.

Career Outlook

Provide the leadership and know-how your country needs to protect its national critical infrastructures by joining this dynamic and vital field. Gain the latest knowledge and skills to join the ranks of homeland security professionals and graduate ready to respond as new threats emerge.



Prevent illegal immigration, child trafficking, drug smuggling, and other crimes that cross national borders as an immigration agent.1



Join the first response to terroristic threats and other national security breaches. Assess vulnerabilities and risks, create strategic emergency response plans, and respond to international developments.2

Other titles you may qualify for:

  • Air Marshall
  • CIA Officer/Analyst
  • ICE Agent
  • Border Patrol Agent
Jobs and Income

Curriculum: Prepared for Tomorrow’s Threats

Enforcement and application of the law is just one part of protecting national assets and interests. Changing technology, shifting international politics, and the emergence of new threats mean the field is dynamic and responsive. So too is our curriculum, carefully built to prepare our graduates for the realities of criminal justice at the national and international levels.

Course Spotlight: CRJ 307 – Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism

Explore America’s national critical infrastructures and how to safeguard and manage them when under threat. Learn about key asset identification, threat and vulnerability analysis, risk assessment and management, crisis and consequence management, and related counterterrorism technologies. Gain understanding of crucial information systems, as well as the importance of strategic and contingency planning, systems integration, and information sharing.

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Course Spotlight: CRJ 311 – Emergency Management

Gain an overview of the emergency management response cycle: planning, response, recovery, and mitigation while getting an introduction to FEMA, the Incident Command System, and the National Incident Management System.

More Options for Your Degree

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Earn your B.S. in Criminal Justice degree in 3.5 years by completing one class every eight weeks. What’s more, Utica University accepts up to 90 transfer credits to help you graduate even faster. Review additional curriculum details on the courses page.

Although scholarships are unavailable for the B.S. in Criminal Justice program, non-traditional students have many third-party scholarships to consider. Plus, be sure to explore these financing options:

  • Complete the FAFSA® to determine your financial aid eligibility. Utica University’s FAFSA® code is 002883.
  • Apply for a Sallie Mae loan.
  • If you’re a military veteran, a member of the reserves, or currently serving in the U.S. military, you and any dependents are eligible for several financial assistance options. Utica University also offers a 10-percent tuition discount for you and your spouse.

To learn more, call 1-866-295-3106 or request more information.

The International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) recognized Utica University’s B.S. in Criminal Justice as a program of excellence. Furthermore, U.S. News & World Report has named Utica University (formerly Utica College) a Top 200 Regional University. Utica’s programs have received additional recognition from these and other organizations:

  • National Security Agency
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Defense
  • SR Education Group

Utica University has made it easy to apply in four simple steps. Visit Admissions to see how you can begin your application online.

During the application process, you will provide a résumé, personal statement, letter of recommendation, and your official high school transcripts. If you have questions, call 1-866-295-3106 or email to get help from a Utica University enrollment counselor.

The number of courses you take will vary based on the electives and core credits that you choose.

This program offers multiple specializations that align with in-demand sectors of criminal justice. Utica University helps you earn this degree more quickly by accepting as many as 90 credits from regionally accredited universities. To explore curriculum details, visit the courses page.

This online program helps you build the qualifications for rewarding positions in law enforcement and private security. Career options include:

  • Police officer or detective, which had a median annual salary of $67,290 in 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Forensic science technician, which had a median annual salary of $60,590 in 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Visit our careers page to explore more opportunities for graduates of the online B.S. in Criminal Justice program.

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2017). Occupational Outlook Handbook: Police and Detectives. Retrieved November 28, 2018, from
  2. Glassdoor (2018). U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigator Salaries. Retrieved November 28, 2018, from,56.htm