BA in Criminal Justice


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

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  • Tuition

    Online B.A. in Criminal Justice tuition is $460 per credit hour. Visit our financial aid page to learn what options are available to you. More

  • Salary

    PayScale reports that criminal justice degree salaries range from $48,011 – $75,111. More

  • Interactive

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


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

Liberal Arts Core Courses (31-55 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 201 Criminology
CJ 217 Gender, Race and Crime
CJ 220 Writing for the Criminal Justice Professional
CJ 221 Research Methods I for Criminal Justice
CJ 273 Corrections, Probation and Parole
CJ 302 Judicial Process and Procedures
CJ 350 Professional Seminar in Criminal Justice
CJ 377 Juvenile Justice System
CJ 379 Ethics in Criminal Justice
CJ 403 Current Issues in Criminal Justice
CJ 408 Agency Practicum
CJ 422 Crisis Management

*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:

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Online B.A. in Criminal Justice tuition is $460 per credit hour. Visit our financial aid page to learn what options are available to you.

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.