Online Criminal Justice Degrees with Lindenwood University

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Criminal justice and criminology are two of the broadest and fastest-growing employment sectors in which a premium is placed on having a degree. And while requirements vary by department, an increasing number of entry-level law enforcement positions are requiring a bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite to the on-the-job training provided in careers such as policing, corrections, and security. Lindenwood’s online criminal justice degrees examine how the public interacts with the three arms of the criminal justice system – the police, the courts, and the jails – and how issues arising from these interactions shape public policy and inform law enforcement practice.

Lindenwood’s online, flexible degrees enable you to balance your personal and professional responsibilities while gaining the analysis skills and valuable insights to create positive change for organizations in business, health care, education, and more.

Find Your Calling in Criminal Justice

Lindenwood offers a competitive, current suite of programs for every stage of your career.

120 Credit Hours; 4 Years

Understand the nature and extent of crime, the reactions of criminal justice agencies to the breaking of the law, and how policing affects various communities.

#8 in the Top 25 Online Law Enforcement Degrees for 20215

33-39 Credit Hours; 2 Years*

Prepare for leadership roles in the criminal justice system through the study of criminal law and theory, leadership development, global awareness, and organizational change.

*Accelerated option – complete your degree in just 1.5 years.

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For nearly 200 years, Lindenwood University has been committed to enhancing lives through quality education and professional preparatory experiences. Our values – integrity, dedication, excellence, creativity, and community – are core to this mission and inform every aspect of our academic programs. Explore more and find out why we believe real experience brings real success.

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Lindenwood brings the best of the on-campus experience – affordable, academic programs, unparalleled faculty support, and a community of diverse learners – to your online learning program. Flexible classes mean you can study when and where it’s best for you and your academic advisors, library services, the career center, military student services, and other support systems are never more than a click or a call away. Regardless of the reason for your online degree, we’ll make sure you have everything you need along the way.

What You’ll Study

While many careers in law enforcement will require some on-the-job training and/or certification, there’s nearly universal agreement that the best way to prepare for these positions is with a degree in criminal justice, criminology, or a related field. Lindenwood’s online criminal justice degrees were designed to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of law enforcement careers and focus on criminal justice, policing, and the law. Courses examining criminal law and theory, leadership development, global awareness, and organizational change are just some of the reasons why Lindenwood is nationally ranked #6 for Best Online Law Enforcement Degrees4.

What You’ll Be Ready To Do

A criminal justice degree – especially a master’s – can make a significant difference to your career, especially as many law enforcement agencies are facing a leadership crisis. Demand for experienced, highly trained professionals is growing at every level – local, state, national/federal – as law enforcement agencies increasingly are seeking individuals with the analytical skills, critical thinking strategies, legal awareness, financial and budgetary acumen, and superb communication skills provided by a degree-conferring program. And with nearly 16 percent of the U.S. police force hitting retirement age in the next few years6, it’s more important than ever that the next generation be better trained, more transparent and approachable, and maintain closer ties to the community.

Top 10 Careers in Criminal Justice (Avg. annual salary7)

  1. Information Security Officer ($82,060)
  2. Prison Warden ($88,699)
  3. Homicide Detective ($75,754)
  4. Forensic Psychologist ($63,918)
  5. Forensic Accountant ($72,863)
  6. FBI Agent ($65,732)
  7. Police Detective ($66,389)
  8. Computer Forensic Specialist ($73,892)
  9. Criminal Investigator ($70,083)
  10. Fraud Investigator ($62,732)

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