Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Learn to Empower Your Community

About the Online B.S. in Criminal Justice Program

The field of criminal justice has reached a tipping point. In today’s society, there is a rare opportunity for transformational leaders to imagine and implement solutions that work for all populations — which is exactly what an online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree from Athens State University prepares you to do.

Criminal justice is a dynamic, far-reaching field that touches every corner of our society. No matter your unique goals, the online B.S. in Criminal Justice program provides an affordable, flexible, and supportive learning environment for you to get the skills you need to make an impact and land a rewarding role. The program’s ethics-focused curriculum and experiential learning opportunities empower you to move from the classroom to your career seamlessly — our graduates work for organizations such as the FBI, the CIA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Redstone Arsenal, and more.

Dedicated people like you transfer to Athens State for their online B.S. in Criminal Justice because we know what it takes to get you across the finish line. How will you improve the criminal justice system with your degree? We can’t wait to find out.

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What You’ll Learn

Our immersive curriculum prepares you to make an immediate impact in criminal justice. During your time in the online B.S. in Criminal Justice program, you’ll get:

  • A holistic understanding of how subfields such as law enforcement, criminology, criminal law, justice process, corrections, and juvenile delinquency come together to drive solutions

  • Hands-on internships and experiential learning opportunities that provide real-world experience

  • A strong foundation in ethical practice and policymaking to create a better system that supports all populations

  • The oral, written, and interpersonal skills to effectively communicate across contexts and personnel

  • An opportunity to select the Juvenile Justice Studies degree option where you’ll study juveniles in regard to delinquency, justice, advocacy, prevention, intervention, and research.

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Affordable Tuition

Cost per credit for the online bachelor’s in Criminal Justice is just $241 plus fees.

Athens State boasts one of the most affordable tuition rates among state universities in Alabama and Tennessee.

Athens State offers a flexible tuition payment plan that works with your budget.

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83% of Athens State alumni are employed following graduation — outperforming average national employment rates.*

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Experienced Faculty

Our B.S. in Criminal Justice faculty members have robust firsthand experience in the field, allowing you to learn from people who know the challenges you’ll face.

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Small Classes

Small class sizes — typically around 18 students — deliver a personalized learning experience.

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Real-World Learning

Internships and experiential learning opportunities allow you to work with diverse populations in contexts of your choosing before entering the workforce.

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Our online bachelor’s degrees are designed with flexibility at the forefront, so students can balance their studies with their busy lives.

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Founded in 1822, Athens State University is the oldest continuously operating institution of higher education in Alabama, with 200 years of academic excellence.

*according to a 2019-20 Alabama economic impact study by Emsi Burning Glass

How to Apply

Students seeking admission to the the on-campus, hybrid, or online B.S. in Criminal Justice program must have:

  • At least 36 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited institution(s) prior to term of admission
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • 15 credit hours applicable to Athens State general education requirements
  • Eligibility to return to previously attended colleges or universities

Have questions about the eligibility of your transfer credits? Feel free to reach out to our admissions team at or (256) 252‑3216.

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Embark on a Career of Impact

The criminal justice field is expected to grow by 7% between 2020 and 2030, meaning that a variety of rewarding careers may be available to you. This degree helps prepare you for roles such as*:

Magistrate Judge

Median Annual Salary: $148,030

Private Investigator

Median Annual Salary: $59,380


Median Annual Salary: $56,230

Correctional Officer

Median Annual Salary: $47,920

Court Clerk

Median Annual Salary: $44,610

Mental Health Counselor

Median Annual Salary: $48,520

*salary statistics provided by the u.s. bureau of labor statistics

Our Awards

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Honorable mention in “Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Overall Value,” making us a top 20% school in the nation for overall value

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Ranked as a Top 5 online college in Alabama

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Top 5% nationwide — “Top Ranked Education for Veterans”

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