An online bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice gives you the knowledge you need to take your career further.

The criminal justice system is vital to the safety and sense of well-being in every community. Our Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree provides you with the skills you need to make a positive impact in your community—and advance your career in the process.

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Get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission.
We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

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Number of jobs in protective services

Program Length

As little as 2 years depending on transferred credits


  • Online

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Students who want to more effectively engage with their community in matters of justice
  • Those looking to start or advance a career in law enforcement
  • Students looking to take a step toward law school or double majoring in Psychology

Career Paths

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Victim Advocate
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Corrections Officer
  • Crime Analyst, Investigator
  • Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Federal Officer
  • Security Specialist

What You’ll Learn

Through our Criminal Justice degree, you’ll gain valuable insights into the criminal justice system, its ethical underpinnings, and the many different criminal justice roles for professionals. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to: 

  • Evaluate the relative strengths of various approaches to criminal justice.
  • Show an understanding of the major areas of criminal justice, to include:
    • Criminal justice and juvenile justice process
    • Criminology
    • Law enforcement
    • Law adjudication
    • Corrections
    • Facility and community corrections
    • Homeland security
    • Probation and parole
    • Private security
  • Display ethical and professional behavior while applying this knowledge to problems and changing fact situations.
  • Communicate this knowledge effectively in written and oral form.
  • Process and apply information reliably.
  • Demonstrate research skills to include statistics and computer methods.
  • Demonstrate logic, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making.
  • Display an understanding of the impact of issues of diversity on themselves and their communities.

Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

We welcome transfer students from regionally accredited community and junior colleges and four-year colleges and universities. If you’ve ever been enrolled in any such institution, you are a transfer student. The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the undergraduate program:

  • A non-refundable $30 application fee
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) from every college previously attended.
    • Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office.
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to

Prospective students with at least 24 transferable credits must have a cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher. If you have fewer than 24 transfer hours to evaluate, we also require the following to determine your opportunity for success:

  • Academic transcript(s) from high school or GED transcript (if applicable) and any college(s) concurrently attended during high school.
  • An official score report from the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) examination (if you are under 21).

Admissions and a free preliminary transfer credit review can be completed with unofficial transcripts from any previous colleges or universities you attended. Official, final transcripts must be submitted prior to enrolling in classes. 

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