Program Overview

Bay State College offers an Online Criminal Justice Degree with a concentration in Security for students who are interested in learning about the issues involved in promoting local, national, and international security in the protection of people and property. Students will learn about information technology and the use of computer information systems in the compromising and protection of critical infrastructure and information. Through the program, students will develop knowledge and expertise in criminal justice, law enforcement, and security services to develop as a professional in criminal justice.

The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include legal and ethical aspects of security, financial accounting, security management, national security and intelligence investigations, criminological theories, criminal justice research methodology, sociology of deviance, college algebra, forensics, physical and personnel security, communications in criminal justice, function of police in modern society, introduction to biology, public speaking, introduction to criminal justice, and sociology.

Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate that the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field.  These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to explain concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and trends in security issues, to demonstrate an understanding of the sociological, societal, and psychological aspects of criminology and of security issues, and to demonstrate an understanding of the theories, procedures, and practices of law enforcement and security personnel.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education,

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions

    School Overview

    In 1946, Bay State College limited instruction to enhancing skill sets for students entering the airline industry. Then in 1961, Bay State relocated to its current campus in Back Bay, Boston. By 1975, the college expanded programs to offer Associate’s degrees, and gained accreditation in 1989. Bay State introduced Bachelor’s degree programs in 2004. Currently, the private, not-for-profit Bay State College houses the main downtown Boston campus, along with a satellite campus in Middleborough, Massachusetts, and a third online division.

    Students can complete online degrees through the distance learning campus at Bay State College. Online courses feature asynchronous instructor-guided sessions, complete with assignments and class activities. In addition, classes operate on the same schedule as on-campus counterparts, with eight-week long classes conducted in six terms per academic year. Students participating in on-campus day or evening programs may also enroll in online classes to accommodate busy lifestyles. Online students also have access to resources, including the Bay State College Library and its extensive online database.


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