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Online Criminal Justice Degree Program

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.

Criminal Justice Program Overview

Our program prepares and qualifies students for careers in county and local law enforcement. This program exceeds the minimum education requirements of many major city and state police departments. Contact us if you are looking for more information on the requirements for a city or state near you.

  • Promote safety awareness
  • Manage conflict and crisis situations
  • Enforce individual rights
  • Exercise discretionary authority
  • Meet and exceed ethical standards
  • Meet and exceed professional behavior expectations
  • Work within the dynamics of the legal system
  • Demonstrate the communication skills expected in criminal justice professions

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.

Why Study Criminal Justice Online at Northwestern College?

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.

Online Criminal Justice Degree Requirements and Course Offerings

View the Requirements and Course Offerings
See the Northwestern College Catalog

Criminal Justice Career Opportunities (CIP Code 43.0107)

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

Potential Jobs

Work for:

. 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

Business Careers:

. 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.

Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information

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.

For graduation rates and other important consumer information regarding this program, please click on the link below:

Program Disclosure

Talk to Us
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.