Guide to Online Criminal Justice Programs

View our comprehensive guide to 24 educational providers in the law enforcement realm.

Officers now have access to a wide variety of flexible online educational programs.

American Military University (AMU)

Founded in 1991, American Military University (AMU) was designed to meet the needs of deployed military personnel with fluctuating schedules. It offers two undergrad criminal justice programs and a graduate CJ program. AMU professors are industry insiders from leadership roles in government and state and local law enforcement. AMU has 100,000 students and more than 27,000 alumni. Most students are members of the active duty military, intelligence services, and law enforcement. FAFSA and other types of financial aid are available to AMU students. AMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association.

Aurora University

With approximately 4,400 degree-seeking students, Aurora University offers a wide range of programs. It offers a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and a Master of Science in criminal justice. Need-based and merit-based scholarships and financial aid packages are available to students. Accredited by the HLC of the North Central Association.

California Coast University

California Coast University's curricula allows students to integrate their professional experiences, previous academic work, and military or company training with academic requirements to create personalized programs. Designed to fit into busy schedules, the accelerated program allows students to graduate in nine months and there are no classroom attendance requirements. Approximately 5,000 students are working toward an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree in criminal justice. CCU offers payment plans and law enforcement can receive a 10 %discount on tuition. Accredited through the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).

California University of Pennsylvania (CUP)

The Global Online program from CUP is a worldwide learning community that provides academic programs delivered over the Internet. Students can earn a bachelor's degree from the Department of Justice, Law and Society and there is also a criminal justice concentration of the legal studies Master of Science degree. CUP serves more than 8,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Approximately 90 percent of students receive financial aid in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study jobs. Accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Colorado Technical University (CTU)

CTU's online learning system allows students to control what, where, when, and how they learn. The advisory boards for the criminal justice and homeland security programs provide input for the curriculum. Degree offerings include a Bachelor's of Science in criminal justice with an emphasis in forensic investigation, general, homeland security, emergency management, or human service. Graduate degrees include a master's in criminal justice, general, or homeland security; a master's in homeland security and management; and a Ph.D in homeland security management. Financial aid options include federal and state loans, scholarships and tuition reimbursement. Accredited by HLC of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Columbia Southern University

Columbia Southern University, established in 1993, strives to improve lives through higher education by enabling students to maximize their potential with online degrees and certificates. The degree programs educate students in the theoretical foundations, knowledge, skills, and practices of criminal justice administration inclusive of law enforcement, courts, and corrections. The university offers an associate's degree in applied science in criminal justice, Bachelor's of Science in criminal justice administration and a Master's of Science in criminal justice administration. CSU offers federal student aid. Accredited member of the DETC.

Eastern Kentucky University (EKU)

EKU Online offers more than 20 degree options in a variety of fields, including police studies, corrections, juvenile justice, occupational safety, and homeland security. More than 300 online students are enrolled in justice studies. Online students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid, grants, and scholarships. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Florida State University

FSU's criminology program is known for its research, coursework, and intellectual community. The undergraduate and graduate online programs offer professionals the flexibility to remain employed while advancing their educations. Online students pay in-state tuition rates and the school offers military benefits, scholarships, and FAFSA. Regionally accredited by the SACS.

Globe University

Globe University students are provided with hands-on career training and practical skills employers are looking for through relevant and innovative classes. Financial aid coordinators provide a financial planning session to help students identify scholarships, loans, and grants, as well as develop a flexible payment plan. Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

Jacksonville State University

JSU offers online criminal justice courses and online degrees in corrections and forensic investigations concentrations. JSU students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice with a concentration in forensic investigations, law enforcement, or corrections. Students can also earn a Master of Science in criminal justice and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in criminal justice. Around 500 criminal justice students learn from faculty members that have worked within the criminal justice system. JSU offers federal financial aid, scholarships and veteran's benefits. It is accredited by the SACS.

Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University Division of Public Safety Leadership programs are multi-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs that explore current leadership issues and prepare public safety professionals for today's expanding roles. Students progress through the degree program together, which allows students to maintain their current employment without interruption and complete their degree programs in just under two-years. A broad range of financial support is available to students. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Lewis University Online

Lewis University profers online master's degree in criminal justice or public safety administration. Courses explore the ethical and social issues that face law enforcement and public safety professionals. More than 40 Lewis alumni serve as police chiefs nationwide, and faculty members have served in both regional and federal public safety agencies. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Accredited by the HLC and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Norwich University

Norwich University's College of Graduate and Continuing Studies offers online master's degrees and bachelor's degree completion and certificate programs for working adults. Norwich University Online is an interactive learning platform that connects students with faculty and curricula with the flexibility they need to succeed. The online criminal justice bachelor's degree completion program can be completed in less than two years and delivers readily applicable skills and knowledge. Federal student loans and grants, military benefits, scholarships, and tuition discounts through partner programs are available for students. Accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Notre Dame College

Notre Dame College's online graduate criminal justice degrees offer the flexibility for career advancement without compromising current employment. Students can earn a Master of Arts in security policy studies or a graduate certificate in security policy. The accelerated courses are taught in eight-week terms by expert faculty in small class sizes. The financial aid staff guides students to the best options to finance educational expenses. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Pennsylvania State University

Penn State's World Campus was established in 1998 to deliver online programming to adults worldwide. It delivers more than 90 of Penn State's most highly regarded graduate, undergraduate, and professional education programs through convenient online formats. World Campus enrollment totals around 12,000 students. Students enrolled in the World Campus are eligible for federal student aid. Penn State's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is the first online program in the nation to be awarded certification through the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Regis University

Regis University offers career-oriented Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in criminology online. Undergrad students will gain vital knowledge of criminal behavior, its causes, and its impact on society, while the goal of the master's level study is to understand, predict and prevent crime. Financial aid is available. Regis University is accredited by the HLC, a member of the North Central Association.

Stevenson University

Stevenson University's School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) provides flexible and accelerated educational formats. Online graduate programs are offered for forensic studies, forensic science, and cyber forensics. Financial aid is available for qualifying students. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Troy University

The mission of the Bachelor of Science criminal justice degree from Troy University is to provide academic training to those individuals wishing to seek initial employment or achieve promotion with any of the various local, state, or federal criminal justice organizations or those who intend to pursue graduate or professional degrees. Students may take courses full- or part-time. Financial Aid is available for students. Accredited through the SACS.

University Of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati's Online Master of Science in criminal justice has graduated more than 2,000 students in its 10-year history. Offerning a wide variety of highly interactive courses rich in content and taught by faculty who literally wrote the book on criminal justice, the program is committed to providing students with the very best education at an affordable rate. Financial aid, including Federal Direct Loans, private scholarships, or alternative student loans, is available. Accredited by the HLC, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

University of Louisville

The Department of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in justice administration to online students. UofL provides students with opportunities for field-related internships, student research projects, and an honors program. Financial aid is available. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the SACS.

The University of New Haven

Last year the University of New Haven introduced the online Master's degree in criminal justice. UNH instructors are former law enforcement professionals who work together to provide the highest quality education by integrating core academic learning objectives and the professional application of those competencies. Financial aid is available. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

University of Phoenix

Students in the criminal justice program at the University of Phoenix gain an understanding of law enforcement, the courts, as well as community and institutional corrections. Faculty members include police chiefs, correctional officers, and Homeland Security administrators. Finance advisors are available to support students from enrollment to graduation. Accredited by the HLC and a member of the North Central Association.

The University of San Diego

Designed for current law enforcement professionals who want to grow and lead, this 100% online, masters in law enforcement and public safety leadership program supports rapid career advancement by providing practical skills and developing your management acumen.

Developed in collaboration with law enforcement associations, USD's M.S. in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership goes far beyond a traditional criminal justice education by focusing on contemporary issues and refining the skills needed to address today's law enforcement challenges.

University of Wisconsin-Platteville  

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Online profers master's and bachelor's degrees in criminal justice. UW-Platteville consults an advisory board of members from the FBI, ATF, Department of Justice, and police chiefs for its curriculum. Federal and state financial aid and scholarships are available. Accredited by the HLC and a member of the North Central Association.

Widener University School of Law

The Widener Law Criminal Law Certificate in Executive Leadership and Justice program is designed for working professionals seeking higher-level criminal justice careers. The certificate program is in an all-online format. Applications are now being accepted for the program's launch next year. Financial aid available. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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