Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Achieve Your Goals with an Accredited Criminal Justice Program

Experience a top-tier education in a flexible online format.

Start or advance your career in law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, or law with Methodist University’s online BS in Criminal Justice program. You can prepare for a rich array of careers to make a difference for vulnerable populations in your community.

The program takes a holistic view of behavior, conditions, and circumstances that produce crime. By examining crime and the criminal justice system from a social science perspective, you can develop an extensive knowledge base and a firm understanding of criminological theory. You can also gain skills in interpersonal communications, program and policy development, community organization, and planning and research to excel in criminal justice.

Methodist University offers distinctive educational experiences in a flexible format that fits your schedule. You’ll receive the same academic support as on-campus students, with personalized assistance that includes access to our tutoring and writing centers.

Transfer up to 93 Credit Hours

Affordable Tuition

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Build a Foundation for Success in Criminal Justice

Methodist University offers a wide-ranging education delving into criminology, the legal system, the correctional process, and other concepts for careers in criminal justice. You can also gain hands-on experience through a 10-week, supervised practicum with a criminal justice agency. The online courses include:

Develop your understanding of criminal behavior, the nature of crime, and social, cultural, and psychological factors involved in illegal behavior.

Examine the past and current missions of the police in urban societies and evaluate law enforcement challenges through a sociological perspective involving urban sub-communities.

Learn about the science of human society, emphasizing descriptions and analyses of culture, the socialization process, social institutions, and social change.

Empowering and Flexible Online Programs

We design each online program to match the quality of in-person classes, regardless of where you are. You’ll learn from expert faculty in a flexible environment that lets you study at the times and locations that work best for you. Moreover, you will access the same guidance and support offered on campus, getting assistance from student advisors, enrollment counselors, and tuition planners from the moment you enroll through graduation.

Follow Our Graduates into Leading Criminal Justice Positions

Regardless of your career goals, you’ll be in good company after joining Methodist University’s online criminal justice program. Our alumni include professionals at the Secret Service, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Plus, our faculty consists of a mix of academics and seasoned practitioners with connections to local, state, and federal agencies.

Fulfilling Criminal Justice Careers

  1. Police Officer or Detective: $66,020 per year1
  2. Probational Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist: $60,250 per year2
  3. FBI Agent: $76,000 per year3
  4. Crime Scene Investigator: $49,558 per year4
  5. Fish and Game Warden: $58,190 per year5

About Methodist University

Founded in 1956 as a liberal arts college, Methodist University now serves approximately 2,000 students from across the U.S. and more than 50 countries. Our expert faculty members offer top-tier experiences, nurturing moral values and ethical decision-making while preparing students for many careers and pursuits.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Police and Detectives.” Retrieved August 29, 2022, from
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists.” Retrieved August 29, 2022, from
  3. Payscale. “Average Salary for Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Employees.” Retrieved August 29, 2022, from
  4. Payscale. “Average Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Salary.” Retrieved August 29, 2022, from
  5. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021: 33-3031 Fish and Game Wardens.” Retrieved August 29, 2022, from