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

Leverage Sound Legal and Investigative Practices in the Service of Criminal Justice

Make an Impact in the Judicial Process

Curriculum Strongly Focused in Law

Diverse Career Opportunities

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

Program Benefits

  • Become an expert in cryptocurrency with CipherTrace certification
  • Get hands-on experience in leading an investigation
  • Generous transfer credit policy
  • 6 start dates per year

Join the Front Lines of Criminal Justice

Get an inside look at how crimes are investigated and prosecuted with Utica University’s online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Legal Issues in Criminal Justice. Explore the theories and best practices behind the prosecution of physical and computer-based crimes, from financial crimes and internet fraud to attacks on the national infrastructure.

Understand and apply evidence and trial procedures to criminal cases at the state and federal levels, and graduate ready to participate directly in the judicial process.

Career Outlook

Investigating and prosecuting crimes is where theory meets practice. As new forms of crime develop — especially in the quickly shifting world of online commerce and interconnectivity — criminal justice professionals must continually find new strategies to keep up. Join the front lines and get ready for a fast-paced, dynamic career.



Bring together technology, research, forensics, and interpersonal skills to investigate crimes, find those responsible, and bring them to justice.1



Carefully examine financial records, public data, and other evidence to identify instances of fraud in any setting, from financial institutions to small businesses and public institutions.2

Other titles you may qualify for:

  • Criminal Investigator
  • DEA Agent
  • US Marshall
Jobs and Income

Curriculum: Ethics, Enforcement, and Criminal Law

Discover the nuances of how the legal system and criminal justice come together to protect and serve. Learn to address ethical dilemmas, apply criminal law, and understand enforcement at the state, federal, and international levels.

Course Spotlight: CRJ 342 – Law and Justice

Develop an understanding of criminal law by providing a framework for substantive criminal law in the United States. This course will emphasize how the Constitution affects the criminal studies system and the people in it.

Explore Courses

Course Spotlight: GOV 341 – Jurisprudence of the Criminal Law

Explore criminal law as a process for dispute settlement and maintenance of order by the state. This course will emphasize legal reasoning, legal process, and the necessity to maintain historical continuity and doctrinal consistency.

More Options for Your Degree

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Employment and Wages, Detectives and Criminal Investigators.” Retrieved November 27, 2018, from
  2. Payscale. “Fraud Investigators: Salary.” Retrieved November 27, 2018, from