Prepare to Protect and Serve With McMurry’s Affordable, Online Criminal Justice Degree

Are you drawn to playing a role in the future of criminal justice and building stronger, safer communities? McMurry University’s online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice will prepare you to meet the growing demand for well-trained, highly educated criminal justice specialists.

Built for working professionals, McMurry’s 100% online Bachelor of Criminal Justice provides foundational knowledge of the principles, procedures and philosophies of the American criminal justice system. The skills you learn here, along with your dedication to serve, will help you make the world a better place.

Learn from experienced public service professionals

McMurry Criminal Justice faculty are all either active or retired law enforcement professionals and have more than 150 years of combined experience. With the guidance of experienced instructors, you’ll gain critical-thinking skills and broad-based knowledge of public service and public safety with real-world experiences.

Collaborate directly with faculty experts and peers in an affordable, online criminal justice degree program with the personalized attention you deserve. No hidden fees in your tuition—books and materials are included in your costs.

Military tuition discount

Here at McMurry, we support our military. Criminal justice can be a natural career path for those serving in our armed forces. McMurry is proud to assist active duty military in furthering their education and earning an online degree in criminal justice with a discounted tuition rate of $250 per credit hour. Active duty students who qualify for Tuition Assistance will be able to cover all costs for their degree.

Why Earn a Bachelor of Criminal Justice at McMurry?

Whether you are pursuing an entry-level position or hoping to advance your current career in law enforcement, our online criminal justice program will support you toward your personal and professional goals. Plus, we’ll help you find available financial aid options to meet your unique needs.

In affordable, online courses at McMurry, you’ll examine the key functions and operations of the court system, corrections and policing while developing methods to meet the challenges of today.

Built for busy professionals

Set your own pace with a flexible, virtual format that provides coursework in short seven-week semesters.

Real-world experience and relevant practices

Broaden your knowledge and skills through practical, career-focused experiences.

Highly trained instructors

Learn from engaged faculty experts who bring an array of relevant experience and knowledge as most currently serve or have served in criminal justice careers.


Courses You Will Take in the Online Criminal Justice Degree Program

Our online criminal justice program is designed to help you balance your education with other demands on your time. Gain a competitive edge by expanding your knowledge and experience in one of two concentrations—law enforcement or crisis management.

To earn your online degree in criminal justice, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. Each term is divided into seven weeks of instruction followed by a rest week.

Develop broad-based knowledge and communication, data analysis and collaboration skills through courses that include:

  • Criminal Procedure I
  • Criminal Procedure II
  • Diversity in Criminal Justice
  • Elite Crime
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • False Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Principles of Criminal Justice
  • Serial Killers
  • Victimology

Learn more about core, concentration and elective courses for the McMurry undergraduate online criminal justice degree program.

What Can You Do With Your Online Degree in Criminal Justice?

The skills and experience you’ll gain in McMurry’s online criminal justice degree program will make you a marketable, well-trained public service professional. In addition, earning your Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree provides a pathway to furthering your education with a master’s degree.

Prepare for the future of criminal justice

Meet the growing need for criminal justice professionals who will protect individuals and communities and make a positive impact on society.

Where are McMurry criminal justice program graduates working?

Our graduates find rewarding careers as police officers, detectives, correctional officers, bailiffs and investigators.

Your online degree in criminal justice is a wise investment, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Median annual salaries (2020)

  • Police officers/detectives: $67,290
  • Correctional officers and bailiffs: $47,440
  • Private detectives and investigators: $53,320

Projected employment growth in Texas through 2028:

  • Police and sheriff’s patrol officers: 9%
  • Private detectives and investigators: 18.6%

Criminal justice career opportunities are growing faster than average—jobs are expected to grow by about 5% through 2029.

Get Started on Your Online Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree

Take the next step toward earning your McMurry University online degree. We have the resources to help you get started. Connect with us today to find out how McMurry can help lead you to a career with life-changing purpose with your online degree in criminal justice.



Program Format:
New students are accepted into the General Business BBA Program every 8 weeks. Each semester is divided into two seven-week terms. Students seeking full-time status will take two classes each term for a total of four classes a semester. Students who enroll full time  for all 6 subterms  may earn up to 36 hours of credit toward their degree each academic year.

Transfer credit:
There are multiple ways to transfer credit to McMurry University. Courses eligible for transfer credit are those courses generally considered to be academic in nature; taken for college credit (not remedial or taken specifically for athletic participation) with a grade of at least C; and from a regionally accredited institution. Course credit can also be awarded through examination, such as CLEP or departmental examinations.

Your academic advisor will be able to review the results of your transcript evaluation with you.

Credit Hours 19-27

  • CRJS Electives (6 hours)
  • Advanced CRJS Electives (6 hours)
  • General Electives (7-15 hours)

Total Hours in Major 66

Credit Hours 39-41

These credits include courses in Math, English, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Sciences, and Communication. Your advisor will assist with your degree planning and selection of general core courses.

General Education Requirements

Total Hours to Earn a Degree 120

Final acceptance of transfer courses, course equivalency, and credits awarded toward a degree at McMurry is subject to the approval of the Registrar.

Language requirement:

Students who graduated from high school without two years of study in a single foreign language may be required to take 8 hours of a single foreign language. Students who graduated prior to 2006 are exempted from this requirement.


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