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.

At a Glance

3.4 million
Number of jobs in protective services

Program Length

As little as 2 years depending on transferred credits


  • Online

Cost 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

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. To apply, we ask that you submit the following:

  • A formal application for admission
  • 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 transcripts for you! At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. You can send transcripts to:
    Office of Admissions
    University of Mary
    7500 University Drive
    Bismarck, ND 58504

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.

For a list of courses for this program, visit the catalog.

  • Online
  • Tuition: $450/credit
  • Application fee: $30
  • Technology/Safety fee: $35 per credit

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