Program Overview

Whether you’re new to criminal justice or already a professional in the field, differentiate yourself with Penn State’s online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice—giving you the tools to lead, serve, and protect our local, state, and national interests. With Penn State World Campus you can earn your degree online, gaining the knowledge and skills that are the keys to advancement in the field of criminal justice. This is the first online program to receive the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Certification, so you can feel confident that it fits your needs and is renowned throughout the industry. Our criminal justice courses balance theoretical and practical aspects of crime control. The program prepares you for work in policing, courts, law, and corrections, as well as with crime-related populations, to start or advance your career in Protective services: FBI, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshal's Office, sheriff departments, municipal/state police departments, and security/loss prevention. Law and corrections: court administration, legal aid/paralegal, delinquency prevention programs, juvenile court personnel, juvenile residential institutions, jails and prisons, and probation/parole offices. Crime-related prevention and support: shelters for abused women/children, rape crisis centers, drug & alcohol programs, halfway houses, and other crime prevention/diversion programs.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Pennsylvania State University is a land-grant university founded in 1855 as the Farmer’s High School of Pennsylvania. Today, it is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive campuses, awarding bachelor's degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, post master's certificates, master's degrees and doctoral degrees. The main campus of Pennsylvania State University is located in State College, Pennsylvania, and its World Campus houses distance education programs. Penn State’s mission is “Our research, scholarship, and creative activity promote human and economic development, global understanding, and progress in professional practice through the expansion of knowledge and its applications in the natural and applied sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, and the professions”. 

    There are 14 academic colleges within Pennsylvania State University and each offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees on multiple campuses and online.

    • College of Agricultural Sciences
    • College of Arts and Architecture
    • Smeal College of Business
    • College of Communications
    • College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
    • College of Education
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Health and Human Development
    • College of Information Sciences and Technology
    • College of the Liberal Arts
    • College of Nursing
    • Eberly College of Science



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