Criminal Justice

Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in criminal justice is a degree-completion program designed for those with previous college credit who are working in the criminal justice field. With this degree, students can expand their education and potential for advancement by preparing for a career in law enforcement, corrections or criminal justice.

Program Benefits

  • Complete your degree fully online in 18 months with all materials delivered to you.
  • Take advantage of flexible, asynchronous classes that fit your busy schedule.
  • Complete your program with a supportive cohort of students working toward similar goals.
  • Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience and who make an effort to know you personally.

What to Expect

As a student in Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in criminal justice degree-completion program, you’ll gain the education you need to advance in your career, to work towards effective solutions for positive change and to help rebuild and repair the criminal justice system from the inside out. Current events demand new responses from the criminal justice system, and Trevecca is committed to producing highly-skilled law enforcement and corrections professionals who can fill crucial roles and help ensure the safety and security of others.

This degree is perfect for those with previous college credits who are already working in the criminal justice field and want to expand their potential for advancement. We know that your job is crucial to you and the community you serve, so you can continue to work full-time while earning your degree. In the program, you’ll grow your knowledge of correctional processes, criminological theory, law adjudication, law enforcement and juvenile justice. You’ll also improve your critical thinking, communication, research and problem-solving skills. You’ll be challenged to examine your personal character and legal and ethical conduct as it relates to behavior, integrity, diversity and equality.

This program is centered on righting wrongs, healing brokenness and serving communities. Program Director Craig Bishop says, “Within the professions of criminal justice, we are dealing with individuals who are broken and hurting. We’re dealing with a broken world and a broken criminal justice system, and we want to focus on healing and reform in this program. We need more empathy and compassion within the system—professionals who allow the Lord to use their gifts and talents to minister in others’ lives, whether it’s a victim or an offender. It’s just a tremendous ministry opportunity.”

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca has been recognized nationally and locally for providing our students with the highest level of academic quality and rigor. We offer a holistic education focused on the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health of all the students in our diverse student body. We are committed to educating the next generation to be servant leaders.

As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your criminal justice degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you and your goals.

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

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Emphasizing a holistic educational perspective, a Christian worldview, a value of liberal arts, and a respect for integrity and ethics, this program is for the adult learner who has completed some undergraduate coursework or holds an associate’s degree. 

Students with certification of having completed basic law enforcement or correctional officer academies are eligible to submit for review and potential acceptance toward transfer credits or life experience credits.

Getting Started

  1. Complete the online application (it's free!).
    Need help applying? Read the step-by-step instructions here!
  2. Fill out the FAFSA to be considered for financial aid
  3. Request official transcripts from your previous institution


  • Completion of at least 40 credit hours from an accredited institution
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA for all prior coursework
  • Some proficiency with computer technology and reliable access to technology throughout the program
  • Provide photocopy of government-issued identification (e.g., driver's license, state ID, military ID, passport). This requirement ensures that Trevecca complies with the U.S. Department of Education expectations for student verification. (This is only required for students enrolled in an online program.)

Career Opportunities

With a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, you’ll be ready to advance your career and make a difference in the world. Your degree will position you for roles like these:

  • Law enforcement officer (federal, state, county, municipal agencies)
  • Probation officer
  • Parole officer
  • Correctional officer (jails or prisons)
  • Social service agencies (serving offenders and victims)

Frequently Asked Questions

How many academic credit hours are permitted to transfer?
You will need to have at least 40 credit hours (with a maximum of 90 credit hours) to transfer into the degree-completion program. You will then take the 36 hours in this program to complete your bachelor’s degree. Your enrollment counselor can help you evaluate whether the credit hours you have earned previously are transferable to the Bachelor of Science in criminal justice degree-completion program.
I haven’t completed any undergraduate level coursework yet but am interested in this degree. What are my options?

You may complete one of our associate degrees and then proceed into the criminal justice degree-completion program. Your enrollment counselor will help you select the best associate degree program for you.

Do you use textbooks or e-books?

We use physical textbooks for our courses, but all materials you need—including textbooks—are delivered to your front door. We make getting your bachelor’s degree as easy as possible. Our program is structured so that you never have to step foot on campus!

Books are not included in the tuition price but their cost may be covered by financial aid, or they may be rented through the University.

I’m already busy managing a full-time job and other commitments. How will I find time to complete coursework and study?

Our team of professors and mentors designed the pace of this degree with you in mind. The program is structured for you to take classes at a manageable pace entirely online. Study when it’s convenient for you—an hour in the morning over coffee, during your lunch break or after your kids’ bedtime. Classes are asynchronous, meaning there is no specific time you must be online.

I don’t have time to drive to Trevecca’s campus. Can I earn the degree online?

The wonderful thing about our criminal justice degree-completion program is that it is a 100 percent online program with books and materials delivered to your front door. Classes are taught online through our learning management system, Blackboard. And when we say the degree is entirely online, we mean it. With the way our program is structured, you never have to step foot on campus—not even once!

Will I receive the same experience online as those who attend class in person?

Yes! Trevecca's cohort model is a highly successful online experience that allows students from various backgrounds and locations to succeed. You begin and complete your degree alongside a group of other online classmates working toward similar goals. Your peers provide the support needed so you can get the most out of your studies. Even while taking online classes, you stay very engaged with your cohort classmates. Email exchanges and online discussion posts happen weekly.

I haven’t been a student in years—what if I fall behind or struggle to keep up with classes?

At Trevecca, we don’t emphasize academics in a vacuum. We’re committed to holistic education, encouraging students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. We’re here to offer you the tools needed to succeed. You’ll be surrounded by a group of classmates, directors and professors who genuinely care and want to make this the most successful academic journey you could ever encounter.

What is the difference between the traditional undergraduate Bachelor of Science in criminal justice studies degree and the Bachelor of Science in criminal justice degree-completion program?

The Bachelor of Science in criminal justice studies is a traditional four-year undergraduate degree, offered on Trevecca’s main campus. It is best suited for recent high-school graduates and students who want to live on campus. This degree is designed for those who have an interest in understanding the theories associated with the causes of crime, the work performed by criminal justice professionals and the impact public policy decisions have on the operation of the criminal justice system.

The Bachelor of Science in criminal justice degree-completion program is 100 percent online and is targeted to students with some college credits, who are employed (likely in the criminal justice field) and want to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Students must have at least 40 credit hours (with a maximum of 90 credit hours) to transfer into the degree-completion program.

What are the technology requirements for this program?

In today’s world, capable managers and leaders are more resourceful and resilient than their peers. In several of Trevecca’s programs, we want to build students’ ability to be resourceful and resilient in addressing their technology needs. Read our full list of technology requirements →