Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Behavioral Science; Criminal Justice
Location(s): Online
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Online Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree Program

Online degree; Bachelor of Science (BS)

The University of Mary offers an online Criminal Justice degree that will prepare you to be a force for good in the world–focusing on a healing justice for the whole community.

The University of Mary offers this online degree in a flexible and convenient format, designed specifically for the working adult. As a criminal justice student you will gain personal and professional skills to more effectively and humanly engage and serve your community.

This accelerated program will help prepare you for careers in law enforcement, corrections, private security, loss prevention, juvenile justice, victim advocacy, and offender transition. Interested in pursuing your graduate degree or go to law school? This degree will prepare you for your next academic step.

The online Criminal Justice degree is offered as a Bachelor of Science degree through the University of Mary Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Science.

Online Criminal Justice Degree Program Highlights

  1. Affordable

    Affordable Online Education: The University of Mary is one of the most affordable private universities in the United States, providing a high-quality education that is accessible to any student.

    Price: Students pay a competitive online tuition rate of $480 per credit.

    Financial Aid: Financial Aid is available for online degree programs. Your personal admissions rep will help to guide you through your options to make sure you receive the best package possible.

    Military: Military aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

  2. Flexible

    Time to Completion: Earn your Criminal Justice bachelor degree quickly in our accelerated program in as few as 30 months, and maintain full-time employment.

    Start Anytime: Most classes start every 5 weeks year round. 

    100% Online: Our online bachelor degree program provides all of the convenience of online education and the quality afforded by our cutting-edge technology.

  3. High Quality

    Accreditation: The University of Mary’s bachelor degree in Criminal Justice is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.

    Online Learning Technology: Use a state-of-the-art online learning program, called Canvas, to ensure that you receive top-quality instruction

    Values-based Education: Apply Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values to navigate ethical complexities in criminal justice and serve the greater good.

  4. Networking

    Collaborative Learning for Online Degree Programs: Work with a group of adult student peers, providing strong support, work teams, and long-lasting friendships.

Career Outlook for Criminal Justice Majors

Employment in Protective Service occupations (police officers, correction officers) is projected to grow about 7.9 percent between 2012 and 2022. Jobs in legal services are projected to grow by 10.7 percent between 2012 and 2022. Many job openings will result from the need to replace those who leave the occupation each year. Competition for jobs should be lessened as heavy workloads and high job-related stress deter some from seeking this kind of work.

For these reasons, job opportunities should be plentiful for those who qualify. As the prison populations grow larger, many states are emphasizing rehabilitation and alternate forms of punishment (such as probation) that will spur demand for probation and parole officers and correctional treatment specialists.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-'15 Edition.

  • CRJ      201     Introduction to Criminal Justice                                                    
  • CRJ      210     Police Science                                                                                
  • HIS      307     Difference & Inequality                                                                  
  • CRJ      212     Criminal Law                                                                                  
  • CRJ      310     Corrections                                                                                        
  • PSY     201     General Psychology                                                                        
  • CRJ      312     Criminal Procedure                                                                         
  • CRJ      320     Juvenile Justice                                                                               
  • ADC    311     Dynamics of Addiction                                                                  
  • SOC    305     Deviant Behavior                                                                           
  • PSY     350     Research Methods for Behavioral Sciences OR           
  • SWK    350     Research Technologies for Social Behavioral Sciences          
  • PSY     406     Abnormal Psychology                                                                     
  • POL     414     Constitutional Law                                                                           
  • CRJ      390     Internship OR                                                                                    
  • POL     302     State & Local Government                                                           
  • PSY     308     Social Psychology                                                                           
  • CRJ      410     Criminology                                                                                     
  • CRJ      420     Senior Seminar                                                                               
  • SWK    330     Human Behavior in a Social Environment                                                                                         

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


Program Advisor: Chad Litton

If you are considering pursuing an online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota: