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Earn a Criminal Justice Degree Part-Time and Online

As a law enforcement professional, you know firsthand the pressing issues facing your communities and others working in the field. Penn State’s nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate criminal justice programs are designed to advance your understanding of criminal behavior, crime control, and the justice system. You can acquire the critical knowledge, communication skills, and analytical mindset to help you improve your career trajectory and become a leader in your community.

Apply Your Training Credits to Fast-Track Your Degree

You’ve worked hard to establish yourself in your career. We think that should count for something. If you’ve completed training programs, you may be eligible to receive academic credit toward your Penn State World Campus criminal justice degree. Students with Pennsylvania state or municipal police training, deputy sheriff training, or Act 120/Act 2 training may receive up to 16.5 academic credits for the following courses:

  • CAS 203: Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
  • CRIMJ 100: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CRIMJ 210: Policing in America (3 credits)
  • CRIMJ 220: Courts and the Prosecution Process (3 credits)
  • KINES 067: Physical Conditioning (1.5 credits)
  • NURS 203: First Aid and CPR (3 credits) 

Training from other states will be reviewed upon request.

Comfort in the Classroom

Your experiences in the field are invaluable. A core tenant of our curricula is to incorporate the experiences of law enforcement professionals. You will engage with and learn from those who understand the unique challenges of working on the front lines.

Undergraduate Programs

Our undergraduate degree programs are centered around giving you the tools to assess your unit’s response strategies and design solutions that produce results. You’ll learn how to analyze criminal activity trends and apply the behavioral sciences to help address crime as a societal problem. Hone your abilities not only as a problem-solver in the field, but as a leader for your community and agency.

Criminal Justice (Associate in Science)
Apply by March 15 to start May 15
Gain the knowledge and skills needed to enter or advance in a wide range of careers in criminal justice and social services with this online associate degree program. Course work explores the intersections between public policy, behavioral science, and criminal justice.
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Criminal Justice (Bachelor of Science)
Apply by March 15 to start May 15
Stand out among your peers with a highly respected online degree program, designed and taught by expert faculty in the criminal justice field. The program features courses that focus on criminology, ethics, policing, and more.
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Graduate Programs

The graduate degree programs are designed to take your understanding of criminal behavior and policy to the next level. You’ll identify new trends in the field and learn to apply data-driven practices that work for your agency and community.

Criminal Justice Policy and Administration (Master of Professional Studies)
Apply by December 11 to start January 9
Learn to evaluate criminal justice policies and build your knowledge of the criminal justice system and criminal behavior. This online master's degree program can help you stand out among your peers in a field where educated professionals are in increasingly high demand.
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Global Justice and Security (Graduate Certificate)
Apply by December 11 to start January 9
Build the knowledge and skill base needed to succeed in the international security field. Courses from the 9-credit Graduate Certificate in Global Justice and Security can be applied to a Master of Professional Studies in Criminal Justice Policy and Administration.
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Completely Online — Designed for Working Adults

With our convenient online platform, you’ll have the flexibility to earn a world-class degree part-time and online — while balancing your work and family commitments.

  • asynchronous delivery
  • study whenever, wherever
  • complete weekly assignments at your preferred pace
  • freedom to take a semester off
  • start in fall, spring, or summer
  • SAT/GRE test scores are NOT required

Special Benefits for Military Members

Military members can earn a respected Penn State degree in less time and at a considerable discount. Penn State:

  • offers its Military Grant-in-Aid program — an award per credit for which all service members and their spouses are eligible
  • accepts Military Tuition Assistance and VA benefits
  • provides scholarship opportunities and undergraduate application fee waivers

For more information, submit the Request Information form or email our dedicated military support team at [email protected].

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We Are Penn State Online

This is the real Penn State. You will take courses with curriculum developed by the same professors who teach on campus. You can expect the same caliber of academic quality that you associate with Penn State.