Criminal justice professionals know that a career in law enforcement, the courts, or rehabilitation offer meaningful work helping to keep society safe and just. If you began your criminal justice career with an associate’s degree but feel you’re ready to achieve more, completing your bachelor’s degree can help.
Today, many accredited colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree completion programs in criminal justice designed for working adults like you. Whether it’s evening and weekend classes that interest you, or convenient online learning, continuing your education while continuing to serve in your job is more attainable than ever.
Finishing your bachelor’s degree in criminal justice can help you:
- Prepare for Management Roles: Build on your experience with specific coursework designed to teach you the ins and outs of managing people, processes, and finances within criminal justice departments.
- Qualify for Federal Positions: Law enforcement and corrections professionals who want to work for the federal government will almost always need a bachelor’s degree to qualify for consideration.
- Develop New Skills: Move into a new specialty within the criminal justice field by earning a specialized bachelor’s degree in homeland security, forensic investigation, or criminal psychology.
- Build a Foundation for Law School: If you’d like to earn your J.D. in the future, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice can help you begin to establish the in-depth knowledge of the courts, laws, and the Constitution that you’ll need as a lawyer.
Finally, the courses you take when completing your criminal justice bachelor’s degree can help you enhance your ability to perform in your current job. And, because you can continue to work while you study, you’ll have the opportunity to apply what you learn tonight to what you do at work tomorrow—making a criminal justice bachelor’s degree an investment that begins to pay off immediately.