B.A. in Criminal Justice

Earn a degree that equips you to serve in various areas of law enforcement or private industries.

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Prepare to Protect through Singular Service

Increase your career prospects and your public-service influence on your community. Earn your B.A. in Criminal Justice online or on-campus from National Louis University. With majors in Criminal Justice Administration and Forensic Social Justice, you will be prepared to address the effects of criminality to improve individuals’ lives and strengthen communities. Complete and submit the form to request more information.

Program Highlights

  • Curriculum developed with leaders in law enforcement and corrections
  • Understand the root causes of criminal behavior and its role in society
  • Directed by a former homicide detective
  • Earn your degree entirely online or fully on-campus

Choose one of two majors:

  • Criminal Justice Administration. Prepare yourself to manage public-service organizations.
  • Forensic Social Justice. Focus on the psychology of criminality and its applications.

In the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for police officers is $60,270, while the median annual wage for correctional treatment specialists is $49,360 per year.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

Online degree

Getting Your NLU Online Degree

As an online NLU student, you’ll progress through your program in an engaging, dynamic, centralized location where you can connect with peers and professors, complete assignments and quizzes, and find whatever else you need to succeed.

From Chicago to the World

You also have the option to complete your degree at one of our five Chicagoland campuses: Downtown Chicago, Elgin, Lisle, Skokie, or Wheeling.

Moving Upward

NLU firmly believes in the equalizing and uplifting effect of adult higher education on families and communities.

Making a Difference

At NLU, we are proud of the 65,000 living alumni who are using their education to serve others and change lives.

Return on Investment

With mid-career graduate earnings averaging $71,300 a year, NLU was named a top “value-added” university by Brookings Institution.**