Frequently Asked Questions

01Can you send me a list of programs that meet my specific needs?

We do not maintain lists of programs other than those that are publicly available on our site. We suggest checking our website to find a directory of criminal justice schools by state or our paralegal center for a directory of paralegal programs by state.

02How can I enroll in your programs?

Criminal Justice Online Degree is an informational resource. We are not a school or affiliated with any particular programs, and we do not offer courses or programs. For more information on your options, please reach out to colleges and universities that suit your needs and interests.

03How do I become a criminal justice professional?

Increasingly, the first step to working in criminal justice is attending a college or university. However, the requirements vary according to the field, the standards of the geographic area where you wish to work, and the policies of individual hiring departments and agencies.

04Can I still work in criminal justice if I have had criminal charges pressed against me in the past?

Whether or not a criminal record is a barrier to entry depends on the field, position, and policies of the hiring agency, as well as the severity and recency of the charges that are on your record. We recommend checking the website(s) of the agencies for which you would like to work for information on guidelines and policies concerning applicants with criminal charges on their background histories.

05If I am overseas, can I still take courses from you?

Criminal Justice Online Degree is an informational resource. We are not a school or affiliated with any particular programs, and we do not offer courses or programs. For more information on your options and eligibility as a foreign student, please reach out to colleges and universities that suit your needs and interests.

Frequently Asked Questions

06If I am not a US citizen, can I still work in a criminal justice field in the US?

Criminal justice is a broad field that provides many opportunities. Requirements for US citizenship vary according to the type of work performed and the policies of the hiring agency. To learn more about your career options as a foreign national, visit the websites of agencies for which you’d like to work to find specific citizenship requirements.

07What is Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program?

A two-year degree in criminal justice can serve as basic training in preparation for the police academy, a prerequisite for entry-level jobs or as the first step toward a four-year bachelor’s degree.

08What is Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree Program?

Considered common training for many careers in criminal justice, the bachelor’s degree prepares students for careers in criminology, forensics, private investigation and more.

09What is Criminal Justice Master's Degree Program?

For students who hold a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in criminal justice can usually be completed in one to two years of full-time study. Management or entrepreneurship positions — such as opening a private detective firm — might benefit from this mastery of subject knowledge.

10What is Criminal Justice Doctorate Degree Program?

For professionals who want to conduct and advance scientific research in criminology and criminal justice, or teach at the college or university level, a Ph.D. in criminology is generally required.

Above you will find answers to some of our visitors’ most frequently asked questions, sorted by inquiries related to using our site as a resource, finding criminal justice programs, careers in criminal justice, and international applicants.