Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice Administration

Acquire the practical knowledge needed to excel in the challenging field of criminal justice.

Next Start Date
May 15th
Est. Program Length
2-4 years*
Credit Hours
Course Length
7 weeks
Credits Accepted
Cost per Credit

* Depending on transfer credits.

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Alvernia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Program Overview

The need for ethical and professional criminal justice practitioners is greater than ever in today’s society. As you earn your criminal justice administration degree online with Alvernia University, you can prepare for a rewarding career in the field, such as a police officer, correctional officer, parole officer or private sector security. Through our well-established program, you’ll gain the theoretical and practical knowledge and experience you need to excel. While learning from faculty with vast experience in the varied fields of the criminal justice system, the program’s online format gives you flexibility to study on your own time.

Topics of Study

With an interdisciplinary design, our online criminal justice degree will provide you with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of criminal justice.

  • Interrelationships of various parts of the criminal justice system
  • Classical and contemporary theories of crime
  • Roles of gender and race in the criminal justice system
  • Aspects of the correctional field, including incarceration, correctional counseling, practices, theories and specialized programs
  • Due process of law and judicial procedure
  • Juvenile delinquency and its history, philosophy and evaluation, as well as prevention and intervention programs and techniques
  • Honesty, integrity and ethical behavior in criminal justice careers
  • Contemporary issues in the criminal justice system
  • Crisis management and how it affects law enforcement officials and the criminal justice system

Our program also requires completion of a practicum course, in which you will gain relevant, hands-on experience through an internship on the local, state or federal level at a criminal justice, private corporate security or service agency.

Our Online Criminal Justice Administration Degree Is For Those:

  • Preparing for law school and a career in the legal field
  • Planning to pursue graduate studies in areas such as criminology, sociology, criminal justice or psychology
  • Wanting to start a career in corrections, law enforcement, probation and parole, courts or social services

For those interested in Alvernia’s on-campus program, click here to learn more.


The online criminal justice degree is made up of a total of 123 credits. The Liberal Arts Core makes up 31 to 55 of the program’s credits, and the major requires 48 credits, including an elective course in criminal justice.

Admission Requirements

For admission into Alvernia Online’s criminal justice degree online program, you must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. To apply:

  • Speak to an enrollment counselor
  • Complete an application
  • Provide evidence of High School completion/graduation. Documentation may include high school transcript, diploma, GED scores, or equivalent.*
  • Submit official transcripts of all previous college work (if applicable)
  • Submit a copy of DD214 from military (if applicable)
  • Submit police academy transcripts plus confirmation if currently a police officer

*This requirement may be waived if an official college transcript is provided to validate completion of 15 credits or more from an accredited school.

Tuition & Fees

Full Program Tuition$535 per credit hour$65,805
Full Program Student Fees$50 per credit hour$6,150
Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 75)$535 per credit hour$25,680
Fees with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 75)$50 per credit hour$2,400
Total with Transfer Credits$28,080

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes four years to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of time to completion, call an enrollment counselor at (888) 536-1251 or request more information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Financial Aid

Alvernia offers loans, grants, scholarships, payment plans and GI Bill benefits to help make your education more affordable. Our enrollment counselors can help you determine your financial aid eligibility. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.

Yellow Ribbon

Alvernia University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the GI Bill, provides those who served the U.S. military on active duty with free tuition and fees, as well as a book allowance. For more information, visit our Veterans page.

Career Outcomes

After earning your Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration online, you can pursue a variety of careers, including:

  • Fraud investigator
  • Prison warden
  • Security manager
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