Online Degree | Criminal Justice


Many criminal justice professionals with an associate degree find that they have sufficient experience for career advancement but lack the education requirements for promotion to management positions. The online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Criminal Justice is designed for adult learners who already exhibit responsibility and professionalism, and want to advance their career options and enrich their personal lives through the completion of a baccalaureate degree.

The online Criminal Justice program enables you to continue your education and advance your career. Students who pursue this degree are required to complete the academic core requirements as well as advanced coursework in the major that is complementary to the vocational, technical, or professional area of the associate degree.


The online criminal justice program is completed in just four semesters, with no summer coursework.
The program is built to serve the needs of adult students who aren’t able to dedicate time to a traditional baccalaureate degree.
You may be eligible for a life experience credit for certain classes depending on your past position or duties and your years of service.

What You’ll Study

The online Criminal Justice program consists of 36 credit hours of major classes and 18 credit hours of required liberal arts courses. While pursuing your degree, you will take intriguing courses on topics such as terrorism, drug addiction, white-collar crime, juvenile justice, and more.

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Criminal Justice prepares you for leadership in the criminal justice system. Graduates of the program work in law enforcement and government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels.

With your degree, you will be eligible for work in the following fields:

County Clerks Offices
Child or Adult Protective Services
Fraud Prevention
Local Law Enforcement
Probation/ Parole- Adult and Juvenile
State Bureau of Investigations, DMV, License and Theft Bureau and other state agencies
Federal Bureau of Investigations, Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Agency, and other federal agencies.
Correctional Institutions
Loss Prevention
Private Security 
Private Investigations
Domestic Violence Shelters and Victims Rights Advocates

State Authorization
Lees-McRae College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Learn more

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