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Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science

If you are ready to advance your law enforcement career, a Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree can help you take the next step forward. This degree can make it possible for you to handle more responsibility at work, potentially in a management or leadership role.

A bachelor’s degree is not just for those who have worked in the field. It is also useful for those who do not have law enforcement experience but want to start working in criminal justice.

You are not required to earn an associate degree before entering the bachelor’s degree program. However, almost every class needed for the associate degree at Harrison is covered in the bachelor’s degree course work, so you would not have to take extra steps—or extra years—to earn both degrees.

Download our Criminal Justice program sheet to find out how this program can enhance your education, your career and your life.

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Why Earn Your Criminal Justice Degree?

Criminal justice careers can suit a number of interests and skills, and they may involve researching common societal problems, preventing crimes and changing the way certain legal systems work.

Experience in the field sometimes is not enough to help you move up to that specialized field or management position you want. While it is possible to get a job in criminal justice without a degree, higher education can give you a boost in your career and teach you specialized skills in a number of fields, as well as management and leadership techniques for advancing your career. 

Salary & Employment

If you are thinking of going into criminal justice, you have a variety of career options and ways to get there. But consider this: While a position in the field is attainable without higher education, a criminal justice salary is almost always improved with a degree.

At Harrison, you can earn your online degree in criminal justice in approximately two to four years, depending on the program. We offer associate and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice.

There is a wide range of criminal justice career opportunities. Salaries vary depending on factors like location, years of experience and highest degree earned.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported median annual salaries for some criminal justice positions in 2012. Police officers and detectives made $56,980 per year; correctional officers made $38,970 per year; and paralegals earned $46,990 per year.

At Harrison, we are ready to assist you in making your goals of obtaining a degree a reality. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities available to you with a degree in criminal justice, we invite you to request more information.

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"They take the time to get to know us on a personal level, not just an academic level. They check on you every step of the way." Ashley, Criminal Justice
Ashley, Criminal Justice