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Online Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice

Pursue a Career in Serving Justice

Research and master innovative strategies and skills related to preventing crime and improving our legal processes. 

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  • Program Overview

    Stevenson University Online’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is designed for working adults who want to pursue a career in improving the quality of justice through education, research, and public service.

    As an adult student, there are different demands on your time than a typical undergraduate student. You may be juggling a hectic work and family life schedule. When you pursue an online Criminal Justice degree through Stevenson University Online, you will gain the flexibility you need to meet your educational goal without having to spend time commuting to and from a college campus.

    What the Program Entails

    Professionals in Stevenson University Online’s Criminal Justice program will learn through a targeted mix of compelling online classes designed to prepare them for careers in education, research, or public service.

    To earn a degree, students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. The curriculum combines theory with practice, requiring courses in psychology, sociology, law, technology, and criminal justice. Designed for working professionals, this program is offered fully online in 8-week sessions.

    Students will learn how justice is administered locally, nationally, and globally in order to understand and confront the fundamental issues of criminal justice we face as professionals and involved citizens.

    Law Enforcement Administration Area of Focus

    Stevenson University Online also offers four focused electives designed for practicing or aspiring criminal justice professionals who want to enhance their knowledge of law enforcement management and leadership.

    Through taking these optional courses, students will examine human resources dilemmas and integrate management theory and behavioral concepts as they relate to modern organizations. These courses emphasize analysis and synthesis of approaches to management within a criminal justice agency or organization.

    Additional Elective Options

    Students can also pursue online Criminal Justice degree coursework with a focus on white collar crime, domestic security, comparative criminal justice, and more.

    The variety of available courses allows students to tailor their degree to their areas of interest, helping position them for specific career types.

    What Can You Do with a Criminal Justice Degree?

    Stevenson University Online’s Criminal Justice degree program graduates are well-prepared to move into criminal justice careers or post-graduate work through studying the causes and consequences of criminal activity. Through the ethical framework provided within the program, graduates will have the necessary skills to make sound judgments as criminal justice professionals.

    Some career opportunities for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice include law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, border security, court administration, protective services, crime prevention, fraud investigations, private security, and many more.

    We Bring the Classroom to You

    When you choose to earn your Criminal Justice degree through Stevenson University Online, you can be confident knowing the course instructors are highly qualified in the subjects they teach. There is no need to sacrifice the quality of your education when you learn online; you are learning the same material in a more convenient format.

    Why Earn your Degree from Stevenson University Online?

    Returning to college and earning a degree as an adult is a big decision, so it is important to feel confident in your choices of a university and degree program. There are a lot of options to consider when it comes to choosing a college or university to study criminal justice coursework.

    When you choose to pursue your Criminal Justice degree online through Stevenson University Online, you will not only have the flexibility to pursue your educational goals on your own time, at your own pace; you will be a part of the greater Stevenson University community.

    Students in Stevenson University Online's degree programs benefit from:

    • One-on-one advising
    • The opportunity to learn from faculty with real-world experience
    • Online career connections service available 24/7
    • Individual career counseling and coaching services

    We work hard to help our adult learners succeed, and it shows — 91 percent of graduates find a job or choose to continue pursuing graduate-level education within six months from graduation.

    Getting Started

    If you are thinking about earning your bachelor's degree in criminal justice, but are afraid you will not be able to find a program that combines the curriculum you want with the flexibility you need, look no further than Stevenson University Online. Use the links on the right to request more information, chat with us online, call us or find an upcoming information session.

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  • Courses


    The online bachelor’s in Criminal Justice program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours.

    Major Requirements

    • GPS 200 Adult Learning Theory & Practice
    • LAW 204 Constitutional Law 
    • LAW 215 Criminal Law 
    • LAW 322 Criminal Investigation 
    • MATH 136 Introduction to Statistics
    • POSCI 205 State & Local Government
    • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
    • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
    • CJUS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • CJUS 210 Writing for Criminal Justice
    • CJUS 265 The Juvenile Justice System
    • CJUS 275 Corrections
    • CJUS 280 Law Enforcement
    • CJUS 285 Criminology
    • CJUS 305 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
    • CJUS 325 Civil Liability in Criminal Justice
    • CJUS 345 Victimology
    • CJUS 385 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
    • CJUS 495 Criminal Justice Capstone 

    Focused Electives Requirements

    The bachelor’s in Criminal Justice requires four focused electives. Students can choose from the following courses.

    Law Enforcement Administration Area of Focus

    • CJUS 383 Law Enforcement and the Community
    • CJUS 430 Law Enforcement Administration & Management
    • MGT 310 Organizational Behavior
    • MGT 408 Human Resource Management

    Additional Focused Electives

    • CJUS 310 Comparative Criminal Justice
    • CJUS 335 White Collar Crime
    • CJUS 350 Criminal Justice Special Topics
    • CJUS 390 Domestic Security
    • Additional courses with approval

    Degree Requirements 

  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    • Completed online application.
    • Official college transcripts from all previous academic work.
    • At least 15 transferable credits.
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • At least two years of professional work experience.
    • Personal statement.
  • Faculty


    Ann M. Solan, Ph.D. (2013)
    Associate Dean of Business Programs
    B.S., Nyack College
    M.B.A., Dowling College
    Ph.D., Regent University

    Christopher Biddle (2014)
    Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice
    B.A., Western Connecticut State University;
    M.A., The John Jay College of Criminal Justice;
    Ph.D., North Central University

    Morris Greenberg (2010)
    Adjunct Instructor, Criminal Justice
    B.S., M.S., The Johns Hopkins University

    Benjamin A. Harris, J.D. (2009)
    Adjunct Professor of Law and Criminal Justice
    B.A., The Johns Hopkins University
    J.D., Benjamin N. Cordozo School of Law

    Nancy C. Hoffman, Ph.D. (2009)
    Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice
    B.A., University of Maryland, College Park
    M.A., Loyola College
    Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

    Pamela M. Kessler, J.D. (2005)
    Adjunct Professor of Law
    B.A., University of Maryland, College Park
    J.D., University of Baltimore

    Colin A. May (2010)
    Adjunct Instructor, Criminal Justice
    B.S., Siena College
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Patrick McDowell (2011)
    Adjunct Instructor, Criminal Justice
    B.S., M.S., The Johns Hopkins University

    John J. O'Neill (1976)
    Adjunct Professor of Forensic Studies and Criminal Justice
    B.S., M.B.A., Loyola College
    M.S., Villa Julie College

    Lisa M. Scarbath, J.D. (2009)
    Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice
    B.A., University of Delaware
    J.D., University of Maryland

    Richard Stone, J.D. (2004)
    Adjunct Professor of Forensic Studies
    B.S., Syracuse University
    J.D., Brooklyn Law School

    Jason Zeiler (2010)
    Adjunct Instructor, Criminal Justice
    B.S., Excelsior College
    M.S., Troy University
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Joyce Zerhusen (2004)
    Adjunct Professor of Forensic Studies and Criminal Justice
    A.A., Community College of Baltimore County
    B.S., Villa Julie College
    M.A., University of Baltimore

  • Tuition


    Established in 1947, Stevenson University has a long history of providing students an affordable, private education. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, in addition to a reduced-tuition rate through partnerships with community colleges, healthcare organizations, and other organizations and corporations. For a full list of Stevenson's partners, please visit our Partnerships page.

    The following reflects the total cost of a bachelor's degree if transferring in 60-credit hours. Students are eligible to transfer up to 70-credit hours from a community college or up to 90-credit hours from a 4-year institution if applicable. 

    Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your education by eliminating all fees.

    Bachelor’s Program Cost Per
    Credit Hour
    Cost Per Course
    (3-Credit Hours)
    Total Cost of Bachelor’s
    (60-Credit Hours)
    Criminal Justice $450.00 $1,350.00 $27,000.00*

    *Does not include books.

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Through Stevenson University’s Credit for Prior Learning Program, undergraduate students are eligible to earn up to 30 credits for what they have learned through their previous work and life experiences. Stevenson University Online offers several options for assessing and awarding college credit for prior learning. For more information, visit our Credit for Prior Learning page.

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