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Join the Next Generation of Criminal Justice Experts

When you begin one of the online criminal justice degree programs at Carlow University, prepare to immerse yourself in the ever-changing world of the agencies, laws and policies that lay the foundation of the criminal justice system. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the law, rights for both offenders and victims, and equip yourself with the necessary skills to succeed in your chosen field. Carlow’s ethics-based, flexible online courses provide a social justice-focused curriculum to help you lead effectively and compassionately in your career.

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Online Criminal Justice Degrees Overview

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The flexible online format allows you to take classes and complete coursework around your own schedule and at your own pace.

Career-Focused Curriculum

Gain hands-on experience and graduate ready to make an impact in the criminal justice field.

Generous Transfer Policy

Bring your previous credits with you and finish your degree program as quickly as possible.

Make an Impact in the Community with a Criminal Justice Degree

The criminal justice system needs skilled, well-rounded professionals who understand the causes and impacts of criminal behavior. Carlow University’s social justice-focused programs provide the foundational education and experience needed to adapt to the ever-changing world of criminal justice and criminology.

Our expert faculty will guide you through the career-focused programs and interactive online formats available to you. Explore the different types of criminal justice degrees available and find the right fit for your career and academic goals.

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Online Criminal Justice Degree Programs


4 years Duration

120 Credits

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Program Benefits

  • Accelerated graduate track options
  • 100% online format
  • Internship opportunities available
  • Psychology- and social justice-focused curriculum
  • Supportive, expert faculty

Develop the skills you need to advocate for change in the criminal justice system. The social justice-focused Bachelor of Arts in Criminology curriculum places an emphasis on truly understanding how mental health, trauma and other factors impact criminal behavior. Prepare for a variety of careers in the criminal justice, criminology or health services fields. Potential roles include probation officer, substance abuse counselor, corrections officer and more.

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14 months Duration

30 Credits

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Program Benefits

  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Accelerated, 100% online format
  • Complete required hours for the CPA Exam and licensure
  • IACBE-accredited
  • CFE Exam preparation

Gain a diverse range of skills with Carlow University’s IACBE-accredited online master’s in fraud and forensics. The program helps students develop the ability to evaluate risk, conduct internal and external fraud investigations and write internal and external policies and procedures. Courses are taught by leaders in their fields who bring real-world experience into the classroom and provide personalized attention to each student.

The curriculum consists of 10 core courses totaling 30 credit hours with a focus on topics such as white-collar crime, fraud prevention, psychology and fraud investigation as well as accounting and auditing.

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What Can I Do with A Criminal Justice Degree?

Graduates from criminal justice programs have a diverse range of career opportunities available to them depending on their goals, experience and interests. Criminal justice graduates can pursue careers ranging from police officer and legal advocate to cyber threat analyst and financial fraud investigator. A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is also commonly regarded as a valuable pre-law online degree program for those looking to pursue graduate school.

Whether you are pursuing a career in fraud investigation or as a probation officer, there are many rewarding opportunities to put your degree to work. Carlow University’s flexible online programs will provide you with the foundation, experience and knowledge necessary to succeed. Here’s a closer look at some potential careers and median salaries:

  • Probation officers: $55,690/year3
  • Financial examiner: $81,430/year4
  • Information security analyst: $103,590/year5

Criminal Justice by the Numbers

286,400 Projected new jobs in protective service occupations1

8% Growth rate in protective service occupations from 2020 to 20301

$67,290 Median salary for police and detectives2


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Yes. The online programs offer full-time and part-time options.

To apply for one of the programs, submit your application and transcripts, along with any other required information. Apply now.

At Carlow, we offer three start dates throughout the year, in January, May and August.

You may incur costs beyond tuition, such as textbooks, supplies and other fees. Take these costs into consideration as you budget for your education.