This online program is not being offered at this time.

Graceland still offers a traditional criminal justice program on our Lamoni campus.

(Effective Fall 2019)

Online Criminal Justice Degree Program

Start dates - 

Graceland’s online criminal justice degree program is fully online and is intended for students interested in a career in law enforcement, a variety of positions in the field of adult or juvenile corrections and court services, private security, and treatment facilities. No matter your college experience, zero college credits or an associate’s degree, this online criminal justice program is a great opportunity to further your career in occupations in law enforcement, security, prison systems or investigation. 

"A Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice is crucial in this field and is the key that opens the door to career advancement."
- Robert J. Kuehl, deputy chief of the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department and 32-year veteran of law enforcement

Learn from professionals in the criminal justice field and make connections with others in or pursuing a career in criminal justice. With our online criminal justice degree program, access to learning is convenient for working adults.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Admission/Graduation Requirements

  • 120 semester hours (30 of the last 60 hours with Graceland)
  • 39 upper division hours (3000 and 4000 level courses)
  • 2.0 GPA minimum
  • 100% online with no campus visits required

**No scholarships or grants are offered for this program.

Program Cost Estimate (60 hours - assumes degree completion)

Item Fee
Cost per credit hour for program courses $355.00
Books $125.00 (estimated cost per course)
Application fee $50.00
University tech fee $3.00 / credit hour
Program support fee $18.00 / course
Graduation fee $100.00

If transferring 48 credits or more, then you will be eligible for and must meet the following general education requirements. This includes a minimum eight hours in each of these categories:

  • Communications - Discourse III or two composition courses with B or better, and speech
  • Humanities - art, music, theatre, philosophy, foreign language, religion
  • Social science - history, economics, sociology, psychology, political science
  • Science & math - at least one science and one math course

Students starting with zero college credits will need to complete Graceland's Essential Education curriculum for general education. 

Do you have anything that you can tell us about the program?

  • The criminal justice program enables persons living in the United States to complete, entirely online, a bachelor's degree with a major in criminal justice.

What career paths are open when you have this degree?

  • Law enforcement entities, security, prison systems and investigative occupations -
    Law enforcement agencies are encouraging their officers to earn bachelor's degrees in criminal justice. A bachelor's degree is required for career advancement. Many high level officers will be retiring in the next five years.
  • Communities in which law enforcement personnel are needed -
    Nationally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), protective service and related occupations are projected to grow by 7% through 2026 as additional security needs are promoted in various communities. Total protective service occupations, nationally, are projected to grow to 1,274,000 jobs in 2026.

BA Degree - Online Criminal Justice Major

In addition to the essential education requirements, students majoring in Criminal Justice must complete 42 semester hours as prescribed below:

Required Courses (33 semester hours)

  • CRMJ2400 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 s.h.)
  • CRMJ3100 Law and the Justice System (3 s.h.)
  • PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology (3 s.h.)
  • SOCI2500 Criminology (3 s.h.) 
  • SOCI3440 Research Methods (3 s.h.)
  • SOCI2300 Race and Ethnicity in the United States (3 s.h.)
  • SOCI3120 Sociological Studies of Policing (3.h.)
  • CRMJ/SOCI3340 Penology (3 s.h.)
  • CRMJ3350 Community-Based Corrections (3 s.h.)
  • MATH1380 Statistics (3 s.h.)


From the following, students will take 1 course (3 semester hours):


And 6 semester hours from courses listed below: 

  • CRMJ/SOCI3520 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3 s.h.)
  • CRMJ4700 Criminal Justice Internship (3 s.h.)
  • PSYC3280 Psychology and Law (3 s.h.)

**Internships must be approved by instructor prior to enrollment.

Courses for Criminal Justice (online)

+COMM3100 Intercultural Communication 3 s.h.
An examination of concepts that have application to communication across cultural boundaries, with emphasis on relating them to effective intercultural communication skills. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

CRMJ2400 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
A survey of the structure and process of the criminal justice system, including the study of law enforcement, criminal courts, and correctional agencies. ELO5 Social Science - Peace, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

CRMJ3100 Law and the Justice System 3 s.h.
An overview of Constitutional law that impacts the American justice system from arrest through trial, punishment to release. Key legal cases and precedents for policing, prosecution, sentencing, and corrections will be covered in depth. Prerequisite: CRMJ2400.

+ CRMJ3340 Penology (Also SOCI3340) 3 s.h.
Examines various theories of social control, as well as correctional practices, reforms, and their consequences. Research on various punishment and correctional strategies will be discussed.

+ CRMJ3350 Community-based Corrections 3 s.h.
Study of the history and design of community-based correctional programs, including probation and parole. The nature and variety of community corrections programs are examined and analyzed.

+ CRMJ3520 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (also SOCI3520) 3 s.h. 
Includes an examination of the nature, extent, and patterns of juvenile delinquency, evaluation of theories and causal explanations of delinquency and investigation of delinquent subcultures, as well as an examination of legal processing and treatment programs for young offenders. PREREQUISITE: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology.

CRMJ4700 Criminal Justice Internship 1-3 s.h.
An intensive internship program in appropriate agencies or departments directly related to criminal justice, law enforcement, or corrections. Placements will be supervised by department faculty and developed in conjunction with the interests of the student. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisites: CRMJ2400, minimum 3 s.h. upper division Criminal Justice course, major in Criminal Justice, junior/senior status, a minimum GPA of 2.75 or better in the major, and instructor's consent.

MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.
Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology 3 s.h.
An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

+ PSYC3280 Psychology and Law 3 s.h.
An examination of the legal system - both criminal and civil - through the use of psychological concepts, methods, and research findings. Prerequisite: PSYC1300 or instructor consent. Goal 1C

SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology 3 s.h.
Introduction to the perspective of sociology, its basic concepts and principles and an overview of the field.Includes study of social classes, sex roles, crime and deviance, socialization, social movements and others. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

SOCI2300 Race and Ethnicity in the United States 3 s.h.
Examines the basic sociological concepts and theories of race and ethnicity. Particular focus will be given to the social construction of race, as well as the causes and consequences of racism, immigration, education and residential segregation, environmental inequality, and social justice movements.

SOCI2500 Criminology 3 s.h.
Study of the nature, extent and causes of crime, and the analysis of various types of crimes. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (grade of C or better) and Sophomore standing.

SOCI3120 Sociological Studies of Policing 3 s.h.
Explores the sociological literature on policing. Examines studies of types of policing, police- citizen encounters, police discretion, use of force, police brutality, police culture, police organizational structure and change, effects of new technologies on police work, police corruption, experiences of female officers, and experiences of minority officers. ELO5 Social Science - Peace, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace

+SOCI3210 Conflict Management and Dialogue (Also COMM/PEAC3210) 3 s.h.
An examination of conflict theories and approaches, negotiation process, conflict ethics, and third party mediation. In this class, students will become familiar with the causes of conflict as well as ways strategies and tactics used in conflict management. Further, this class will explore the foundational theoretical concepts and models of dialogue in the context of conflict management. Goal 3B

SOCI3440 Research Methods 3 s.h.
A survey of the principles and practices of social research, including data analysis, research ethics, and the design and implementation of surveys, in-depth interviews, content analysis, participant observation, experiments, and field studies. Prerequisite: MATH1380.