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BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Program Overview

A Top-Ranked Online Criminology and Criminal Justice Program

Explore the growing and exciting field of criminology and the major fields within the criminal justice system — including law enforcement, courts, and corrections — as you learn from experienced faculty who are experts in each area.

Explore the growing and exciting field of criminology and the major fields within the criminal justice system — including law enforcement, courts, and corrections — as you learn from experienced faculty who are experts in each area.

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As you’re making your decision about pursuing an online degree, you are likely to have questions. From program information to details about the application process, we’re here to help you find the answers you need.

Make a Difference In Your Community

The online Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice program from Lindenwood University explores the extent, nature, and causes of crime, as well as the functions of the criminal justice system. The core of the program focuses on the role of the police, courts, and corrections and how these agencies serve the victim, the offender, and the community.

As you learn relevant statistics and research methods, you will develop an understanding of how crime is measured and its related theories. Our online criminal justice degree program teaches you how crime is defined, its trends and patterns, and the development and evolution of criminal law. In addition, you will explore how criminological theories are applied to public policy and practice.

Throughout the duration of the program, you will learn from criminology and criminal justice faculty who are experienced professionals connected to the community.

Transfer Your Credits

We don’t want the college credits you have already earned to go to waste. At Lindenwood Online, we offer a generous credit transfer policy for our undergraduate programs. You can even complete your degree in as few as 30 credit hours taken within the Lindenwood University system.

In addition, we have partnerships with area community colleges, which allow credits to be counted toward your general education requirements.

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A Curriculum Designed to Help You Succeed

Our Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program examines the different aspects of the field. The curriculum includes 69 credit hours of general education requirements, plus 27 credit hours of foundational courses in criminology and criminal justice. You will also select 24 credit hours of related electives.

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Admission Requirements

To apply to our online criminal justice degree program, you must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • All official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. If you have fewer than 24 college credits, you will need to submit your official high school transcript.

If cumulative college GPA is below a 2.0, the following will also be required:

  • Résumé
  • Letter of intent/personal statement (1–2 page document indicating your interest in the program and Lindenwood)

What It’s Like to Study Online

Being an online student doesn’t mean that you will sacrifice access to the tools, resources, support, and community that you would have through a traditional on-campus program. In fact, you will still get the college experience — just at an affordable price from the comfort of your home.

Find out more about what it’s like to study online at Lindenwood.

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Cost to Attend

We strive to provide a high-quality online education at an affordable price. Our online art and design degree program is offered at just $450 per credit hour.

In addition, we offer the opportunity to transfer previously earned college credits, financial assistance, and military benefits.

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Program Outcomes

  • Understand the issues that impact the criminal justice system
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how crime is defined, who is most likely to be a victim of a crime, the related trends and patterns, and how criminal law is developed
  • Be able to effectively research and analyze criminal justice issues

Career Outlook

Some of the potential career paths you may pursue after earning your online criminal justice degree include:

  • Police officer: $61,380
  • Criminal investigator: $81,920
  • Correctional officer: $44,400
  • Lawyer: $120,910
  • Victim advocate: $35,241

Median annual salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the questions we are commonly asked.

Criminal justice is the system in which criminal laws are developed and criminals are found, tried, and punished. The area focuses on criminal courts, correctional institutions, and police, among other things. Criminology, on the other hand, is the examination of why crime occurs and its related consequences, such as its impact on society.

Our online criminal justice degree program takes up to four years to complete. However, you can lower the amount of time it takes to earn your degree by transferring any previously earned college credits. For this program, we accept up to 96 credits from a regionally accredited institution.

After you earn your degree, you can pursue a career in the courts, law enforcement, rehabilitation, or corrections. You may also continue your education and work toward a graduate degree in criminal justice or a related field.

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