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Criminal Justice - Online B.A.  

Major  
120 credit hours
98% career outcome rate1 $350 credit hour price
 

Prepare for a career in law enforcement, the courts or corrections and adopt the most effective measures to effect positive change in your community through Concordia University, Nebraska's online Bachelor's program in Criminal Justice. Through innovative community-building, deescalation and security frameworks, students are prepared to enter the workforce directly or pursue graduate-level study. From day one students receive relevant, and necessary, training from experts in the field of criminal justice (click on **** to read about our experts). This innovative, community-based educational method captures current methodologies in order to prepare you to enter the workforce directly, advance your current career or pursue graduate-level study.

The online criminal justice degree encompasses three primary areas: law enforcement, the courts and the correctional system. Each of these areas offer a number of different employment opportunities with the potential to pursue careers that provide excellent job security, competitive salaries and benefits and the opportunity to improve local communities. 
Topics that students engage in include:

  • Ethics and equity in criminal justice
  • Criminal evidence and procedure in law enforcement and the court system
  • Criminology
  • Criminal investigations
  • The juvenile justice system
  • Drugs, society and the criminal justice system

In addition to these engagin and dynamic courses, students in our online program are able to complete a service-learning component. This aspect of the degree allows students to volunteer in a criminal justice related area for at least 20 hours. Additionally, the online criminal justice degree facilitates our students' ability to complete a required internship, which is an advisor-led field placement experience. Many of Concordia University’s students have found employment opportunities and success through these experiences. With advice and assistance from their advisor, students will identify opportunities in their own physical proximity which can ultimately lead to career success.

With faculty that feature real-world experience in all areas of criminal justice, you will gain a unique insight and vantage point into the inner workings of the criminal justice system. From licensed and practicing attorneys to veteran law enforcement officials, psychologists and sociologists, you will develop a comprehensive toolkit that will set you apart in the job market. Further, our professors, instructors and curriculum allow our students to understand the nuances and prevailing challenges surrounding criminal justice in order to understand and learn more than simply what is in a textbook. As a result, students are prepared to succeed in the criminal justice field.

Graduates of Concordia University, Nebraska’s online criminal justice program have gone on to work in the United States Secret Service, attend law school, work in law enforcement and work in both state and county corrections. 
 

Core Concepts

The online criminal justice degree prepares students to explore the three primary areas of the field: law enforcement, the courts and the correctional system. As a result, students tap into the real-world experience of our esteemed faculty in order to understand and implement the best ways in which to improve and protect our

Concordia NebraskaCriminal Justice - Online: Learning Objectives

Students will explore the three areas of criminal justice: law enforcement, the courts and the correctional system.

Students will engage in a unique internship program in order to gain real-world experience.​​​​​​​

Students will learn from practicing attorneys, forensic investigators and law enforcement officials to explore the tenets of criminal justice.

Dr. Tim Huntington - Biology, Criminal Justice

Concordia Nebraska Criminal Justice - Online: Career Outcomes

Correctional Officer

As a correctional officer, you will use your criminal justice degree to oversee individuals who have been arrested and are serving time in jail or prisons. You will enforce rules and keep order, maintaining security by settling disputes between inmates and preventing disturbances, as well as aiding in the rehabilitation of offenders. 

0.5% Annual Growth Rate2
$31,350 Entry-Level Salary2
$45,760 Mid-Level Salary2
$78,290 Late-Level Salary2

Forensic Scientist

Forensic scientist said criminal investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence at crime scenes and in laboratories. As a forensic scientist, you will combine your knowledge of natural sciences and the criminal justice system to help solve crimes as part of local law enforcement units or with a federal agency such as the FBI. You may choose to specialize in a certain area of forensics like ballistics, trace evidence or DNA analysis. 

14% Annual Growth Rate2
$32,760 Entry-Level Salary2
$58,230 Mid-Level Salary2
$97,200 Late-Level Salary2

Police Officer

As a police officer, you would be charged with protecting and serving the citizens in your county, region or city. You would enforce the law by arresting criminals and preventing crimes, using your knowledge of the criminal justicesystem. Police officers are the first line of defense to keep people safe.

5% Annual Growth Rate2
$54,496 Entry-Level Salary2
$61,380 Mid-Level Salary2
$80,246 Late-Level Salary2

Paralegal

Paralegals perform legal work to assist lawyers. As a paralegal, you might be responsible for maintaining and organizing files, drafting documents or conducting legal research and investigations. You might also assist a lawyer during trials or collect evidence to be used in court. Most paralegals work within the criminal justice system for law firms, government agencies or corporate legal departments. 

12% Annual Growth Rate2
$39,631 Entry-Level Salary2
$50,940 Mid-Level Salary2
$82,050 Late-Level Salary2

Lawyer

As a criminal law attorney, you would use your knowledge of the criminal justice system to advocate for, advise and counsel the clients you represent. You might also appear in court to represent your client in criminalcourt proceedings. You would also be responsible for researching and preparing cases, collecting evidence and analyzing laws. 

6% Annual Growth Rate2
$56,910 Entry-Level Salary2
$120,910 Mid-Level Salary2
$208,000 Late-Level Salary2

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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2 Career salary and wages sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.