Program Overview

La Roche College offers an Accelerated Program for Criminal Justice Professionals (APCJP) degree. The online program, is designed for current or prior law enforcement officers with three years of experience in the criminal justice field. The criminal justice field encompasses the ways in which society protects inpiduals from crime: by maintaining order, deterring crime, and bringing those who commit crime to justice. Graduates of the accelerated program will already be working or seeking advancement in positions with the police force, the court system and correctional facilities.

A Criminal Justice degree will prepare students for jobs in local, state, and Federal agencies, with many graduates seeking positions in the investigation, homeland security, public safety or administration fields. The constantly evolving judicial system is changing the demand needed and increasing the steep job market. The bachelor's level curriculum focuses on a detailed approach to crime and injustice with a coursework in interdisciplinary social sciences, behavioral science, humanities, computer science, and organizational leadership, combined with the core criminal justice courses.  

Students will receive 48 credits based upon Act 120 Certification or its equivalent and five years of full-time work experience towards the required credits needed for the degree completion. The APCJP student will complete 72 academic credits in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree. APCJP students with an associates degree and/or academic credit from other institutions will be evaluated on an inpidual basis. The Criminal Justice curriculum is comprised of:  

15 Credits of Criminal Justice Major Requirements

6 Credits of Criminal Justice Major Electives

12 Credits of Skills Components

24 Credits of CORE Curriculum courses

15 Credits of General Electives

A student’s last thirty credits must be earned at La Roche College.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    La Roche College is a private college located in McCandless, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Sisters of Divine Providence founded the school in 1963 as a Roman Catholic college for religious sisters. La Roche was named in honor of Maria de la Roche who was the first superior of the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence. In 1970, La Roche College became an independent Catholic institution while persifying course offerings through its affiliation with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, which allowed for several new areas of study to emerge.

    Programs offered at La Roche College include undergraduate and graduate programs, and online courses are available for students who want a flexible learning environment.


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