BA in Criminal Justice

Protect Your Community

Serve your community as a criminal justice professional. Gain the credential you need to work in law enforcement, corrections, private security, courts, probation, parole or other related careers. The online B.A. in Criminal Justice program at Alvernia University uses an interdisciplinary design to develop the theoretical, practical and professional knowledge needed for a successful future. You’ll be prepared to make a difference and discover your potential as a leader.

The Alvernia Difference

At Alvernia University, you can earn your degree and achieve your goals in a format that works for you.

  • Experience

    Learn alongside faculty members and instructors who have real-world experience in the FBI, SWAT, forensic psychology, homeland security and crisis and hostage negotiation.

  • Flexibility

    Complete your coursework and manage your professional and personal schedule with the convenience and accessibility of online courses.

  • Interactive

    Engage with peers in a pragmatic and ethics-driven learning environment. The program prepares you to serve people in your community.

Potential Careers

A criminal justice degree is a strong foundation for many career opportunities. Possible options include:

  • FBI Agent: $63,021 (Payscale)

    Conduct security investigations and enforce laws in matters such as organized crime, drug-related activities and more.

  • Police Officer: $48,011 (PayScale)

    Promote public safety by protecting the community and investigating minor crimes.

  • Prison Warden: $75,111 (Payscale)

    Oversee staff at all levels of a prison, in addition to security issues, budgeting and other areas that enhance the safety and treatment of inmates.

  • Security Manager: $59,682 (Payscale)

    Strengthen the physical, personal and information security of a private or governmental organization.


The online B.A. in Criminal Justice program requires 123 credit hours, which can be achieved with the following courses.

Liberal Arts  Core Courses (54/55 credits)*

General Elective Requirements (as needed)**

Criminal Justice Major Requirements (45 credits)

CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 102 Writing for the Criminal Justice Profession
CJ 216 Gender and the Criminal Justice System
CJ 201 Criminal Law
CJ 272 Probation and Parole
CJ 221 Research Methods I for Criminal Justice
CJ 377 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
CJ 302 Judicial Process and Procedures
CJ 379 Ethics in Criminal Justice
CJ 274 Corrections and Rehabilitation
CJ 350 Professional Seminar in Criminal Justice
CJ 4xx Homeland Security
CJ 403 Current Issues in Criminal Justice
CJ 422 Crisis Management
CJ 408 Agency Practicum

*Students entering the program with 70+ transferable credits or an associate degree must complete 30/31 Liberal Arts core credits.
**A total of 123 credits, including 3 credits in a human diversity course, are required to complete a bachelor’s degree. In addition, at least 30 credits at the 300/400 level must be taken at Alvernia University.


For entrance into the Online B.A. in Criminal Justice program, you’ll need to:

Interested in Alvernia’s On-Campus B.A. in Criminal Justice program, click here to learn more


Online B.A. in Criminal Justice tuition is $440 per credit hour. Visit our financial aid page to learn what options are available to you.