Earning your bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology is like opening the door to a new world of advantage and opportunity. Perhaps you’re interested in a public sector career in policing and law enforcement. Maybe you’re drawn to courts or community correction. Perhaps you’re thinking about private sector service providers such as in-residential treatment centers, asset protection, or loss prevention.

Wherever you’re heading in this new world, Ball State’s degree in criminal justice and criminology, available 100 percent online, can give you the confidence to get there, to make a difference, and to advance in that new world of career opportunities.

Do You Have Career Options?

You may already be working in the field of criminal justice or a related private sector field, but have come to realize that your career choices and opportunities for advancement are limited without a bachelor’s degree. Ball State’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers a degree that can be completed online and requires no visits to campus. This bachelor’s degree is identical to the bachelor’s offered on campus and is taught by the same faculty who teach on our main campus.

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Why Ball State?

Our bachelor's degree has several distinctive features that will benefit you in your career path.

Customize Your Criminal Justice Degree

Ball State's degree in criminal justice and criminology offers a giant competitive advantage as you advance your career-the ability to be customized to your career goals. Ball State has shortened its list of required courses for the degree, so that you can choose from more elective courses. Just let your advisor know if you want your degree plan you want to point your career to any of the following specialties: policing, courts, victimology, corrections, or special populations. 

Bachelor's Degrees Needed

As you may know, criminal justice employers are increasingly looking for employees with bachelor’s degrees. Ball State’s answer to this need is a program that prepares you with strong writing, communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills. For instance, to be a probation officer in the state of Indiana requires a bachelor’s degree, and many police departments and law enforcement agencies strongly prefer one for their officers even if they do not technically require it.


Jason Boring"Online classes allow me to take smaller bites, but still make very real progress on my degree. It has made the impossible possible."  

— Jason Boring, a law enforcement officer and Ball State Online student. Read his story.

Who Should Apply?

Criminal justice professionals who are juggling jobs, family, and other obligations or individuals who are employed in another area but are interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice and criminology will find this program an outstanding option.

Many of our students are employed in Indiana’s county jails and state prisons; in local, state and federal law enforcement agencies; and in our counties’ probation and community corrections agencies. If you serve as a police officer or in the military, you may also want to consider this program, especially if you have already earned some college credit or an associate degree.

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Competitive Tuition Rates

Ball State's online bachelor's degrees offer value for your investment. We encourage you to compare our tuition rates with other institutions.


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Jobs before Graduation

Our criminal justice and criminology majors often land jobs before graduation.

Request information if you are interested in learning more. You may also contact Laura Waldron or Casey Schultz, academic advisors.

Plus, learn more about the courses you will take and how to apply. If you are transferring to Ball State from another institution, you will also want to learn about transfer credit options.