A police officer earning her criminal justice bachelors degree online

Online Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice

The BS in Criminal Justice online degree program is an accelerated program that is designed to give the student a thorough understanding of all aspects of the criminal justice system. Students will learn about the role of technology in forensics and criminal justice, how the corrections system works, how the courts work with law enforcement, and criminal justice theory.

  • 7-week accelerated online semester format
  • NGO status
  • 6 start dates

Courses are offered in a 7-week online accelerated format. A total of 120 credits are required for graduation. UB holds NGO status with the UN Department of Global Communications and is part of the UN Academic Impact Initiative.

Purpose and Objectives

The Bachelor's, B.S in Criminal Justice has the following objectives:

  • To introduce the essential elements of criminal justice and provide the academic preparation needed for careers related to criminal justice, crime prevention, and law enforcement in an increasingly global society.
  • To explore the role played in criminal behavior by socioeconomic inequities and societal injustice, resulting from domestic and non-domestic events.
  • To explore implications of non-state actors for international crime and justice, in such areas as norm creation, deviance, terrorism, and crime prevention.
  • To identify the role played by religious, ideological, and cultural views; ethnic and tribal identities; and inequality of power and privilege in rationalizing criminal behavior.
  • To develop an integrated Criminal Justice program that draws upon existing programs in sociology, political economy, mass communication, and world religions.
  • To prepare students for admission to graduate study in Criminal Justice programs and for careers in domestic and international security
  • To prepare students with the skills necessary for a career or further education in the fields of Criminal Justice.

Possible Careers

  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Private Security
  • Social Services
  • Compliance Manager
  • ATF Agent
  • CIA Agent
  • Coast Guard Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Criminologist
  • Customs Agent
  • DEA Agent
  • FBI Agent
  • INS Agent
  • Police Officer
  • Secret Service
  • Sheriff
  • U.S. Marshall