Northwestern College is proud to offer students the opportunity to earn a criminal justice degree online. If you are interested in the criminal justice system and have ever thought about serving your local community in a law enforcement or other legal career, choose NC. Our Online Criminal Justice associate degree program is the same program as our brick and mortar program, but with the added flexibility of online classes. Whether you live around the corner or across the state, if you have a dream of a law career but think you don't have the time to pursue your degree, give Northwestern College a look.
Our program prepares and qualifies students for careers in county and local law enforcement. This program exceeds the minimum education requirements of the Chicago Police Department and Illinois State Police.
Students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement will be subject to the training requirements of local police and sheriff departments. Other criminal justice careers may require additional training, additional education and/or professional licensing.
Since its founding in 1902, Northwestern College, its faculty and administration have dedicated themselves to helping students achieve their educational and professional goals. Northwestern College has a proven track record of providing career-focused education in the nation's fastest growing professions.
The government's effort to meet society's need for a safer living environment is driving the rising demand for law enforcement personnel. This means that criminal justice graduates will find an increased number of opportunities for employment. Some occupations in the criminal justice field may require additional training, licensing, and/or education.
The Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare you for potential employment in the following: (the occupation listed contains a link to information on the U.S. Department of Labor's O*NET website).
33-3051.00 - Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
|. U.S. Supreme Court||. Department of Corrections||. Law Enforcement Agencies|
|. County and City Offices||. Sheriff's Department||. Private Security|
|. Fish and Game||. Social Service Agencies||. Risk Management|
|. Colleges and Universities||. Airport Security|
|. Dispatcher||. Juvenile Institutions Officer||. Sheriff's Deputy Trainee|
|. Victim/Witness Assistant||. Public Safety Dispatcher||. Private Security|
|. Police Records Specialist||. Risk Management||. Security Guard|
|. Private Investigator|
Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org.
We are not required by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools or the Illinois Board of Higher Education to report placement rates.
During the 2011-2012 Academic Year (July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012), 55 students graduated from the Criminal Justice program at Northwestern College. Of these students, 13 graduated on-time as defined in the Northwestern College catalog. (Part-time students generally take a longer period of time to graduate because they don't take a full load; therefore, the graduation rate is lower since part-time students are not considered to have graduated on-time). The median student loan indebtedness of the Criminal Justice program graduates in 2011-2012 was as follows: Federal Stafford Student Loans (subsidized/unsubsidized) - $32,263; Third-Party Private Education Loans - $0; Northwestern College Institutional (GAP) Loan - $1,492.
The tuition and fees for a student starting the Criminal Justice associate degree program as of the 2012-2013 academic year is estimated at $44,890, based upon six academic quarters of full-time tuition at current tuition rates. (Potential future tuition increases cannot be determined at this time, and hence are not factored into this estimate.) Book and supply costs are estimated at $2,400. (The actual cost will vary depending on multiple factors). Northwestern College does not offer on-campus housing. For additional information on college costs, please visit our Financial Aid Cost of Attendance web page.
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Online programs can be a flexible alternative for working adults or those who cannot make it to campus on a regular basis. To learn more about enrolling in our Criminal Justice classes online, contact us via phone or email today.