Criminal Justice, BS Online

Gain a deep understanding of social processes, criminal behavior, and global intelligence as you earn a 100% online degree.

Greenville University has intentionally designed their criminal justice major to provide both a general orientation to society and social processes including a focused study of deviance, criminal behavior, and the criminal justice system, and assist law enforcement professionals who are seeking career advancement through the completion of a bachelor's degree. This is accomplished by offering required courses in two modalities: face-to-face and online.

Students who complete the criminal justice major will be prepared for a professional career and/or graduate school. Unique to Greenville University's program is its emphasis on developing the analytical skills to solve problems and make decisions, values and ethical practices, leading organizations, and the increased role of intelligence in countering domestic and global threats.

Serve your community & protect others

The criminal justice program blends theoretical and applied orientations. A practicum experience of three semester hours is required of all majors. The practicum is designed to provide majors with first-hand field experience so that in-class learning may be applied and tested. It also affords the student with valuable experience in a possible career field, and allows the student to strengthen his or her résumé with applied hours in the field which may be viewed favorably by a graduate school or prospective/current employer.

It is expected that students majoring in criminal justice will be involved in a wide range of field activities in a variety of settings. Graduates may find employment as police officers, correctional officers, and probation or parole officers.

Non-majors interested in the general area of deviance or criminology are encouraged to take courses in this major, provided they possess the stated prerequisites or comparable background.

Program Benefits

  • Advance your career in a rewarding field
  • Experience hands-on learning
  • Transfer up to 90 credits toward your degree
  • No application fee or ACT/SAT scores required

Fast Facts

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Cost per credit: $470
  • Credit hours: 120

Application & Eligibility

Greenville University’s convenient application process for online students makes it easy for you to get on track to meeting your goals. To apply for one of our career-focused degrees, complete the steps below.

  • Submit the free online application.
  • Work with your enrollment counselor to request official transcripts for any previously attended institutions.
  • Graduate students should also:
    • Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or other recognized institution from another country.
    • Be employed or actively involved in a paid or volunteer position with enough responsibility to complete a capstone project.
    • Have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

Additional programmatic requirements may vary. Please visit the admissions section of your chosen degree page for details.

Admissions Details

Tuition & Aid

At Greenville University, we believe your degree is an investment in your future. That’s why we work with you to ensure your education is within reach. We are proud to offer competitive tuition and were named among the Top 10 Online Colleges in Illinois for 2021 by Affordable Colleges Online.

Financial Aid

Explore how you can make your Greenville University degree more affordable with the options below:

  • Military Benefits
  • Scholarships
  • Employee Tuition Benefits

Learn more about tuition & aid, and for more financial aid information visit our forms & resources section.

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Get Connected

Our dedicated admissions counselors are here to help you through the application process and guide you every step of the way on your journey to GU. They can provide details about financial aid, U.S. military benefits, transfer processes, and more. Contact us by sending a message or call 618-664-7200.

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Why GU

Personalized Attention

Personalized Attention

Experience personal growth and plan your career under the guidance of faculty who know your name and cheer your success. GU’s low 11:1 student/faculty ratio and community atmosphere allow professors to invest in their students, and know your strengths and abilities in the field of social work.

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

Prepare for work within the criminal justice system. Attain a better understanding of specified criminal justice jobs though internships. You’ll be better prepared for job searches, interviews, and your career.

Christ-centered learning

Christ-centered learning

Grow in your faith and become well-suited for the work and challenges professionals in the criminal justice system may face.

Ready for your next steps?