National Fraternal Order of Police

National Fraternal Order of Police

FOP Members, Complete Your Education with Ashland University!

We appreciate what you have done for your community, and we thank you for that! Now, let us help you.

As a member of the FOP, you are awarded a $1,000 scholarship per academic year upon acceptance. We provide strong, affordable academic programs in 75 majors with classes offered online and on campus. You may explore on-campus options here  and online options here.

Online Criminal Justice Degree

As an online student in Ashland University’s Criminal Justice program, you will learn in an interactive, online learning environment with ultimate flexibility to meet your schedule without sacrificing family and work time. Ashland University provides both an associate degree and a bachelor's degree, and both of them are available online.

What to Expect in the Online Program

You will learn about the policies and practices of various criminal justice components for a well-rounded education. 

You also have the opportunity to prepare for a master’s degree by doing undergraduate research with AU faculty.

Program Benefits

By enrolling in the online Criminal Justice program, you will have access to the following benefits:

  • New, lower cost per credit hour ($350 per credit hour; effective January 2019)
  • 100 percent online program, so you can access your courses 24/7
  • Innovative, seven-week courses based on current criminal justice topics
  • Numerous opportunities for hands-on field experience
  • Generous transfer policy - your professional training may count toward your degree

Bachelor's Degree

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree may decide between three different tracks:

  • Generalized. Discover the immense nature of criminal justice and how to detect cultural phenomenon, behavioral causes and other aspects of crime.
  • Law enforcement administration. Learn the ins-and-outs of law enforcement leadership and what it takes to manage a law enforcement agency.
  • Correctional administration. Explore the world of corrections and how to manage correctional facilities. Ohio students in this track may graduate with their Level I and Level II Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant license.

No matter the track you choose, you will have countless opportunities and be exposed to important concepts in the areas of law enforcement, corrections and the court system from instructors with real-world experience.

  • Bachelor’s degree completion in 120-128 credit hours

Associate's Degree

Top Online Program Badge

Our online criminal justice associate's degree program is ranked in the top 10 online programs by

  • Associate degree completion in 60-63 credit hours

Criminal Justice Curriculum

Ashland University’s criminal justice courses are designed by experts in the fields of criminal behavior, forensic science, law, sociology and more. We also confer with law enforcement leaders to learn and discover areas that need more focus in the field of criminal justice to ensure you’ll learn the most relevant coursework to help you succeed.

Sample courses include: 

  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Restorative Justice
  • Gangs & Cults
  • Victimology
  • Terrorism
  • Emergency Management
  • Criminal Justice Policy

Earning your degree in Criminal Justice will provide you with opportunities for better pay promotions and more career options. Together, we can build a better future.


Ashland University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Higher Learning Commission and is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.


Anne Strouth
Program Director
Online Criminal Justice and Homeland Security

Student Testimonials

"AU's Criminal Justice program allowed me to grow so much as a student from the first class I was in. The classes made me think hard about the issues discussed in class. It’s made me who I am now."

– J. Bon, OIU Cadet, Class of 2019

"My experience with Ashland’s online Criminal Justice Program can be summed up quite neatly in one word: amazing! Right off the bat, the AU advising department put me at ease, with showing me the highest levels of professionalism and care as an adult online distance learning student. I cannot state just how impressed I was with the faculty from the Criminal Justice program; they are true professionals who are highly skilled and knowledgeable not just in the field, but also of the rigors and demands that are experienced by those students that are in their classes. While the online coursework at times was initially challenging, after a few weeks, I was able to determine a proper balance and rhythm between both completing my assignments and my personal life."

– Jaisun Balony, Graduate Student (Univ of Cincinnati), Class of 2018