Ashland University’s Criminal Justice Degree Program


Mark Rubin, Director of Online Criminal Justice

Mark Rubin
Director of Online Criminal Justice

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

Ashland University | Application for Admission

Complete your Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with Ashland University!

As an online student enrolled in the bachelor's criminal justice program, you'll learn about the policies and practices of the various criminal justice system components.  Ashland’s program in criminal justice provides you an opportunity to be exposed to important concepts in the areas of law enforcement, corrections and the court system from instructors with real-world experience -- all through an interactive, online learning environment. Our courses are 100 percent online with 24/7 access for ultimate flexibility for non-traditional, adult learners. We work to meet your needs and varying schedule! Move ahead in your career without putting your life on hold.

With the need for law enforcement and private security and detectives increasing six percent and the need for mediators increasing 10 percent by 2026 (, now is the right time to take the next step in your criminal justice career!

Two Concentrations

You have the option of two concentration tracks:

  • Law enforcement administration - learn the ins-and-outs of law enforcement and what it takes to manage a law enforcement agency.
  • Correctional administration - explore the world of corrections and how to run correctional facilities. Ohio students will graduate with their Level I and II Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant license.

Why Ashland University

Ashland University is committed to putting the Accent on U! With our 100 percent online program, you have access to your courses 24 hours, seven days a week, allowing you to do your classwork on your schedule! 

Did you know Ashland University is ranked in the top 200 universities by U.S. News and World Report? We also have a generous transfer policy. If you already work in the criminal justice field, your professional training may count toward your degree!

Ashland University provides a $2,000 scholarship for its online criminal justice bachelor's program! Talk to your admissions representative for more information.

Ashland University's criminal justice courses are designed by experts in the fields of criminal behavior, forensic science, law, sociology and more. Furthermore, we sit down with local law enforcement to discover and focus on areas which need more focus in the field of criminal justice. We teach what's important for today's criminal justice professionals to succeed! Courses include:

  • The Role of Police in Modern Society
  • Criminal Law
  • Corrections Management
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Cults & Gangs
  • Terrorism and Homeland Security

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

  • Seven-week courses
  • No registration fees
  • Degree completion in 120-128 credit hours

The Best Time to Start Earning Your Degree is Today!

Requesting information is easy and only takes a couple seconds. Simply fill out the form and an Ashland University representative will get back to you shortly.

A degree in criminal justice provides an opportunity for better pay, promotions and more career options. You may be closer to a degree than you think! Together, we can build a better future. 

Graduate Online Criminal Justice Degree Holder