Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Online

A top-ranked 100% online criminal justice program designed to help you protect and serve

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From deterring would-be offenders to solving cases, the Marian University Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program prepares students to enforce the law and effect change that keeps communities safe. Taught in 7-week classes by well-respected experts with years of career experience, our courses are designed for working adults, and the coursework is designed to fit busy lifestyles.

The Online BS in Criminal Justice from Marian University helps students develop a greater understanding of real-world issues, policies, and procedures that will directly impact their desired career path. Focused on law enforcement, correctional institutions, and social and juvenile justice, students gain an understanding of the nature of crime, institutions, and processes that assist in preventing or responding to crime.

With our base of learning and offered preparation, graduates emerge ready to serve in law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections, and an assortment of human services.

Apply today. Law enforcement professionals save 10% on tuition!

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Law Enforcement Professionals Save 10% on Tuition!

Professionals working in law enforcement are eligible for a 10% tuition discount for all courses in this degree program.  As this is a 100% online program, students may live anywhere.  Those working in city, state, or federal positions are encouraged to apply today!

  • New applicants only
  • Must be degree seeking
  • May study full- or part-time
  • Must be able to show proof of profession

Ndiva Malafa

“The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program allows adults to take dreams of academic success and manifest them into reality. Each class I participated in drew from a combination of real-world applicability and classroom curriculum. The combination of which, made learning intriguing. The program’s online format allows for a person like me – working a full-time job with fluctuating hours while caring for my family – to accomplish an academic goal usually reserved for the young.”

Ndiva Malafa2019 & 2021 Marian Graduate & Marian Adjunct Professor | Milwaukee Police Department, Police Officer

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Curriculum

Through the Marian University Online BS in Criminal Justice Program, students engage in a challenging curriculum centered on the three segments of the American criminal justice system – law enforcement, correctional institutions and social and juvenile justice. Students broaden their perspective by learning alongside others who bring experience working in criminal justice agencies, police forces, correctional institutions, and other settings.

General Education Courses

As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree. General education courses are required regardless of your major.

All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Argumentative and Research Writing
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning

Core Courses

Criminal Justice majors will take courses covering topics such as:

  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminology
  • Race, Gender, and Ethnicity
  • Crisis Intervention and Management
  • Corrections

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will develop and promote in others an appreciation for individual diversity of thought and values.
  • Students will use different levels of critical thinking and research-based practices in decision making activity in the criminal justice field.
  • Students will evaluate situations for appropriate application of criminal justice related policies, procedures, and law.
  • Students will establish best practices in key aspects of crime prevention, problem-oriented community policing, and systems of correction and rehabilitation.
  • Students will develop skills of an effective and competent criminal justice leader.
  • Students will develop effective communication skills in order to complete the essential oral and written documentation of the work in the criminal justice field.


The Marian University Online BS in Criminal Justice program prepares students to be mature, competent, and effective leaders in the criminal justice field and its occupational and organizational settings. The program is committed to promoting and developing in students an understanding of criminal justice related politics and law; a working knowledge of best practices in community development aspects of crime prevention; juvenile probation, detention, and residential treatment; problem-oriented community policing; community corrections; adult probation; prison; prisoner reentry and parole. The program promotes and develops in students an understanding of multiple perspectives, conflicting values, and the role of research-based knowledge and critical thinking in the criminal justice field.

Students in the Marian University Online BS in Criminal Justice Program find the convenience of a program designed with their needs in mind, including the relevancy and quality that comes from a faculty compromised of criminal justice experts. Students can start the program in the fall, spring, or summer, and they are able to proceed through the program at their own pace by taking one or more courses per 7-week term.