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Join the Ranks of Criminal Justice Professionals

An online criminal justice degree from Methodist University will open doors to a host of opportunities in the criminal justice industry. Gain knowledge of criminology and victimology while building necessary skills in research, interpersonal communication, community organization, and program and policy development under guidance from experts in the field.

Study criminal justice from a social science perspective to develop a holistic view of the behaviors, conditions, and circumstances that produce crime and criminality. Methodist University’s 100% online criminal justice degree programs are taught by faculty members committed to helping students develop the knowledge and skillsets necessary for entry-level and advanced positions in this critical industry.

Find the Online Program for Your Goals

We offer online criminal justice degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, enabling you to take the next step in your career.

The online bachelor’s in criminal justice leads students to closely examine crime, criminality, and the criminal justice system from a social science perspective. The curriculum requires students to gain hands-on experience through a 10-week, supervised internship at a criminal justice agency. Upon graduation, you’ll have completed 120 hours of fieldwork and be prepared for roles in law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, or law to make a difference in vulnerable populations.

The online master’s in criminal justice prepares students with a comprehensive understanding of criminology, correctional philosophy, victimology, and more. Complete two capstone courses to earn this degree and qualify for leadership roles in policing, corrections, victim advocacy, and cybercrime. In as little as one year, you can graduate prepared for advancement in this competitive industry.

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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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

Studying criminal justice at Methodist University helps you open doors to new careers and promotions in law enforcement. After completing your online program, you’ll be ready to pursue criminal justice roles with local, state, and federal organizations.

Fulfilling Criminal Justice Careers

  1. First-Line Supervisor of Police and Detectives: $98,760 per year2
  2. Federal Special Agent: $87,214 per year3
  3. Police Chief: $78,324 per year4
  4. Police Officer or Detective: $66,020 per year5
  5. Probational Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist: $60,250 per year6
  6. Fish and Game Warden: $58,190 per year7

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  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021: 33-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives.” Retrieved March 8, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/.
  3. Payscale. “Average Special Agent (Federal) Salary.” Retrieved March 8, 2023, from https://www.payscale.com/.
  4. Payscale. “Average Police Chief Salary.” Retrieved March 8, 2023, from https://www.payscale.com/.
  5. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Police and Detectives.” Retrieved March 8, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/.
  6. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists.” Retrieved March 8, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/.
  7. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021: 33-3031 Fish and Game Wardens.” Retrieved March 8, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/.