BS in Criminal Justice (Online or On Campus)

Build Career-Ready Skills With a Criminal Justice Degree

Tackle the theoretical knowledge, hands-on practice, and robust social science skills you need to excel in criminal justice fields through the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice program at Fisher College. 

Our flexible program format is ideal for all kinds of learners, from recent high school graduates to working professionals. Choose to study online or on campus in preparation for roles in traditional criminal justice careers, nonprofit intervention and prevention programs, and crime and policy analysis, as well as further education at the graduate level.

Why Pursue a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice at Fisher College?

Flexible On-Campus and Online Formats to Accommodate Your Needs 

Consider the benefits of completing your bachelor’s in Criminal Justice in the format that suits your learning style and life commitments. Our 100% online study option offers meaningful flexibility and convenience, especially if you plan to work full-time or support your family while pursuing your degree. 

The on-campus study option positions you close to local, state, county, and federal agencies in Boston. Fisher’s unique location empowers you to easily find internship opportunities and build professional connections, which can open doors to full-time employment as you approach graduation.

Connect With Field Expert Faculty

Field experts guide our criminal justice major. Here at Fisher, you learn from active and recently retired corrections and law enforcement officers, along with professionals from other criminal justice fields. 

Studying in small classes, you receive individual guidance from your professors, who are your teachers, mentors, and connections to opportunity-filled networks across the nation.

Diversify Your Skills and Expertise

Equip yourself with a broad foundation across social sciences, theoretical applications, and experiential practice as you prepare to enter this interdisciplinary field. Your range of learning at Fisher sets you up to succeed in a wide variety of criminal justice-related careers that serve many populations, from law enforcement and corrections roles to careers that advocate for at-risk youth and victims.

Expedite Your Degree With Transfer Credit

Receive credit for your Police Academy experience through Fisher’s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program. You may also apply up to 90 previously earned college credits to the criminal justice bachelor’s degree. This unique approach to transferring credits helps you save on tuition and graduate sooner. 

Learn more about the Degree Completion Program.

BS in Criminal Justice Program Curriculum 

Establish a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the components of law enforcement and corrections, including courses on investigations, criminal court proceedings, and criminal justice statistics and research methods. In this program, you also examine topics like deviance and social control, ethics and the criminal justice system, sociology, and criminology, and you gain hands-on experience in your senior seminar and internship.

Career Opportunities for Criminal Justice Majors

95% of Fisher College’s graduates are working or in an advanced degree program within a year of graduation. 

With a degree in criminal justice, you thrive in traditional professions such as law enforcement, corrections, and the court system, but far broader opportunities also dot the horizon. You may pursue roles in research, crime analysis, and computer forensics, or you can blend criminal justice with a focus on social and human services through working with offender reentry, empowering at-risk youth, and advocating for victims.

Many career paths in the criminal justice system are growing substantially, such as police officers and detectives, and forensic science technicians, with demand projected to increase 13%--much faster than average—over the next decade.

You may also continue to advance your studies with our online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program. Fast-track your degree completion by starting your graduate classes while finishing your bachelor’s! 

Admission Requirements

Apply online to start your journey at Fisher! As part of your application, we request your high school transcript(s) along with optional materials like SAT/ACT scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal essay.

We admit students on a rolling basis. To begin your studies in the fall semester, apply anytime starting in November of the previous year. To enroll in the spring semester, applications open in September of the previous year.

Learn more about our undergraduate application requirements.

Tuition and Financial Aid

At Fisher College, you experience first-class criminal justice education at an affordable cost. In addition to our competitive tuition rates, you save through our financial aid program, which includes scholarships, grants, and federal and state aid programs. Remember to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to maximize your financial aid opportunities!

Earn Your BS in Criminal Justice at Fisher College

With mentorship and hands-on learning opportunities, Fisher’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program prepares you for a meaningful career to serve your community. Apply today to pursue your degree online or on campus in Boston!

Program Snapshot

Credits: 120
Term Length: 8-weeks 
Typical Time to Completion*:
20 terms; 3 years, 4 months
Credits: 120
Semester Length: 15-weeks
Typical Time to Completion:
4 years

Degree Pathways

Students who have earned 45+ college credits are encouraged to inquire about the Degree Completion Program (DCP). 

Students who have completed the Police Academy may be eligible for credits through Prior Learning Assessment.

Police Career Incentive Pay Program

Fisher College is accredited with the Police Career Incentive Pay Program (PCIPP). Police officers can earn degrees in law enforcement and criminal justice. The PCIPP provides educational incentives for regular full-time officers in participating cities and towns through salary increases.

*Based on continuous enrollment of two courses every term. Time to completion may be shorter based on eligible transfer credit or longer if course enrollment varies.