Online Criminal Justice Degrees


A degree in criminal justice is incredibly versatile, especially now when social and community justice are at the forefront of the national consciousness. Not only does it open doors for a career in local, state or federal law enforcement, opportunities also exist for careers in corrections, forensics, probation, parole and the private sector in security and cybersecurity. Job growth is on the upswing within this field. Those with a degree and experience are the most likely to advance in their careers.

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Online Criminal Justice Program

Is a career in Criminal Justice your calling?

Over the last few years, the importance of well-trained, service-oriented criminal justice professionals has risen to the top of our most critical needs as a society. Our online Criminal Justice program will prepare you for the rigors of a career in this industry, providing a wide array of opportunities to apply the theory behind criminal justice thought to real-world applications. As a society we need good people doing great things. That’s what we teach here.

This program is designed for those whose calling in life is to change the world for the better and make a real difference in their community, and social justice at every level.

About the Online Criminal Justice Program

In this online program, you’ll learn about the theories and practices necessary for careers in the criminal justice field. Ashland University’s Criminal Justice program is designed to provide a well-rounded education.

There are multiple tracks you can choose between within the Criminal Justice program based on your career objectives, and here are two of them:

  • For those interested in law enforcement administration, you will learn the details of law enforcement and what it takes to manage a law enforcement agency.
  • For students interested in correctional administration, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the world of corrections and how to run correctional facilities. Ohio students in this track may graduate with their Level I and Level II Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant license.

No matter which track you choose, you’ll have countless opportunities to be exposed to important concepts in the areas of law enforcement, corrections and the court system from instructors with real-world experience.

Benefits of the Online Criminal Justice Program

Ashland University’s Criminal Justice program is designed by experts in criminal behavior, forensic science, law, sociology and more. We communicate regularly with local law enforcement to discover areas that need more focus in the field of criminal justice to make sure you’ll be equipped with the most relevant skills, tools and information to help you succeed.

One of the primary advantages of this program is the option to choose between either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree—all online, all on your schedule. An associate’s degree can be achieved in as little as 60 credit hours. A bachelor’s only takes 120 credit hours.

Our online criminal justice associate’s degree program is ranked in the top 10 online programs by OnlineSchoolsCenter.com.

The Benefits of Ashland University’s Online Criminal Justice Program

The Benefits of Ashland University’s Online Criminal Justice Program

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What to Expect

In this fully online program—which offers both associate’s and bachelor of arts degree options—you’ll learn how to serve and protect as a law enforcement agent, all through the prism of the total scope of jobs, roles and positions within the industry. Your online experience will focus on you as an individual, specifically as it applies to your skills, experience and goals for your degree.

Courses begin every eight weeks, which means that this program is completely tailored to your schedule. Take our asynchronous courses at your own pace, on your time, and take your career to the next level at your own pace while getting all the individualized attention you need from our highly experienced faculty.

About Ashland University

Founded in 1878, Ashland University continues to have a rich tradition as a private, comprehensive institution preparing students for exciting, impactful professions and careers. Your success is our goal, not just while you are a student but for the rest of your life as a member of the Eagle family.

We place a great emphasis on the importance of each member of our community. The phrase “Accent on the Individual ” has been our motto for many years and characterizes well the nature and content of both the online and campus environment.

We promise to teach you how to think, not what to think. We promise to work with you to create an individualized plan for your future, and we promise you an affordable education. We promise you will be guided by mentors invested in you as an individual. They will, within a diverse community of respect, design personalized transformative experiences to develop you as a person who works, serves and leads with integrity. And we promise you a lifelong commitment as we continue to help you discern your life calling and make a positive impact on your family, community and the world at large.

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