Online Criminal Justice Degree
As a student in the online criminal justice degree program, you'll benefit from a comprehensive understanding of law enforcement, corrections, and the court system while building critical thinking, communication and creativity skills. With the flexibility of online learning, you can gain the skills and knowledge needed to make a difference in your community, all while balancing your other commitments.
Our bachelor's degree prepares you for careers focused on keeping people, neighborhoods and nations safe by enabling you to explore timely issues, including violence and victims, justice-involved mental health populations, policing innovations, national security and data-driven practice.
Throughout the program, you'll gain knowledge of current topics in the field with courses that cover criminal law, corrections, emergency management, homeland security, terrorism, hate crime, criminal profiling, victimology and violence.
One Success Leads to Another
Apply credits from lower credentials to higher ones. Our programs are designed to build upon themselves:
As a student in the Bachelor's program, you may increase your credentials upon graduation by completing a Criminal Justice certificate to fulfill elective credits. You may also choose to save money and advance your studies at an accelerated pace by taking advantage of our Bachelor's-to-Master's program
- Minimum Credits: 120
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Note: A 2.200 cumulative average overall and a 2.500 average in the major are necessary for graduation. CJ Majors need a minimum of 36 CJ credits and cannot exceed 60 CJ credits.
University Core Curriculum Requirements (12 Courses / 36-38cr)UMass Lowell's Breadth of Knowledge required courses are designed to provide students with a foundation that prepares them for continued work within their major and minor fields, as well as endowing them with intellectual habits that will enable them to become lifelong learners. For a list of approved Breadth of Knowledge courses, visit UMass Lowell's core curriculum website.
A Sampling of Criminal Justice Elective Courses for Reference
- CRIM.1150 Introduction to Homeland Security (3cr) - Available Spring 2024!
- CRIM.2030 Technology and the Criminal Justice System (3cr) - Available Winter 2024!
- CRIM.2130 Emergency Management (3cr)
- CRIM.2430 Criminalistics I (3cr)
- CRIM.2440 Criminalistics II (3cr)
- CRIM.2480 Terrorism (international and domestic) (3cr) - Available Spring 2024!
- CRIM.2610 Juvenile Delinquency (3cr) - Available Winter 2024!
- CRIM.3120 Security Management (3cr) - Available Spring 2024!
- CRIM.3480 Advanced Seminar on Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism (3cr)
- CRIM.3270 Violence in America (3cr)
- CRIM.3410 International Perspectives on Crime and Crime Control (3cr)
- CRIM.3420 Criminal Profiling (3cr) - Available Spring 2024!
- CRIM.3470 Police Innovations (3cr)
- CRIM.3260 Hate Crime (3cr) - Available Spring 2024!
- CRIM.3510 Community -Based Corrections (3cr)
- CRIM.3600 Gender, Race, and Crime (3cr) - Available Spring 2024!
- CRIM.3700 Criminal Justice Management (3cr)
- CRIM.3730 Issues in Police Administration (3cr)
- CRIM.3800 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice (3cr) - Available Winter 2024!
- CRIM.3870 Criminal Mind and Behavior (3cr) - Available Spring 2024!
- CRIM.3950 Statistics in Criminal Justice (3cr) - Available Spring 2024!
- CRIM.3980 Criminal Justice Data Analysis (3cr) - Available Spring 2024!
- CRIM.4010 Substance Abuse and Crime (3cr)
- CRIM.4220 Victimology (3cr) - Available Spring 2024!
- CRIM.4770 Intimate Partner Violence (3cr)
- CRIM.4780 Child Maltreatment (3cr)
- CRIM.4900 Criminal Justice Honors Seminar (3cr)
A more comprehensive list of Criminal Justice electives is available on our website (look for courses with the CRIM. course prefix).
Undergraduate Degree Requirements
All bachelor's degree candidates are required to earn a minimum 2.000 cumulative grade point average (GPA), to present a minimum of 120 semester hours, to fulfill the residency requirements, to conform to the general regulations and requirements of the University, to satisfy the regulations and academic standards of the colleges which exercise jurisdiction over the degrees for which they are matriculating, to satisfy the curriculum requirements established by the departments or programs in their major, and to complete the University's Core Curriculum requirements, which are listed within the program's curriculum outline. For additional information regarding the University's general policies and procedures, transfer credit information and residency requirements; please refer to our Academic Policies & Procedures.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition at UMass Lowell is typically half the cost of private colleges, and our online tuition is among the lowest in the nation. Tuition for online programs offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same whether you live in-state, out-of-state or outside of the U.S.
Spring 2024 Tuition
|Cost Per Credit||Cost Per 3-Credit Course*|
|On Campus Lowell||$340||$1,020|
|Term Registration Fee||$30|
|Undergraduate Degree Application||$60|
Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Frequently Asked Questions
Earning an online criminal justice degree can open up a world of career advancement opportunities. With a degree in criminal justice, you can pursue a variety of careers in law enforcement, corrections, and criminology. You may also be eligible for promotions and higher salaries in your current career.With a degree in criminal justice, you can pursue a career as a police officer, detective, probation officer, or correctional officer. You may also choose to study crime patterns and trends to help prevent future criminal activity. With the growing demand for professionals in the criminal justice field, there are plenty of job opportunities available.
If you're interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, corrections, or the legal system, a degree in criminal justice may be a good fit for you. However, it's important to consider your personal interests, career goals, and the job market before you make a decision.Criminal justice encompasses a wide range of careers, including law enforcement, corrections, legal services, and more. It involves the study of crime, criminal behavior, and the justice system. If you enjoy helping others and your community, criminal justice may be the field for you. Additionally, a Criminal Justice Degree may be ideal if you work within a law enforcement agency and seek a promotion.
One of the biggest advantages of earning an online criminal justice degree is the flexibility and convenience it offers. With online learning, you can complete course work from anywhere with an Internet connection at any time that works for you. This means you can continue working, caring for your family, or pursuing other interests while still earning your degree. Additionally, online programs often offer accelerated options, allowing you to complete your degree faster than traditional programs.Another benefit of earning an online criminal justice degree is the potential for lower costs and reduced debt. Online programs often have lower tuition rates, and you can save money on expenses like transportation, housing and parking. Additionally, many online programs offer financial aid and scholarships to help offset the cost of tuition.
- No. You receive the same UMass diploma whether you choose to study online or on campus. That's because our online courses are taught by the same faculty and adhere to the same standards of high-quality instruction as our on-campus courses.
- Criminal justice is the study of the justice system, which includes laws and agencies such as the police, lawyers, courts, and prisons. By contrast, Criminology is the study of crime and criminals. A degree in Criminal Justice will prepare you to work on the front lines, whereas a degree in Criminology is concerned with profiling and researching illegal activity.
- If your goal is to work for the FBI, a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice is one of several applicable majors to choose from. FBI agents must earn a minimum of a bachelor's degree, and an educational background in Criminal Justice will improve your critical thinking and communication skills, as well as help you better appreciate the complex role law enforcement plays in our democracy.
- Yes, if you are in the online program, you may simultaneously complete a Criminal Justice undergraduate certificate to fulfill elective credits within the online degree curriculum and increase credentials upon graduation.
Applying into an Undergraduate Degree Program
Complete the Online Undergraduate Degree Application Form (preferred), or print, complete and submit the Undergraduate Degree Application .pdf form. Please note: Your application will be processed once we have received your $60 application fee. Return your completed application along with your application fee to:
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies
839 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Questions? See our helpful Step-by-Step Guide to the Application Process.
To be considered for acceptance into a bachelor's degree program offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies, students must hold a high school diploma or have passed either the GED® or HiSET®. Graduate, Online & Professional Studies operates on a rolling admissions basis and each application is reviewed when the student's file is complete. Students must be admitted to a degree or certificate program in order to be eligible for most financial aid.