Online Criminal Justice Degree

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Associate & Minor Available



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3 - 3 ½ years for a full-time student with no transfer credits.

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Study Criminal Justice at LBC | Capital

If you have a passion for bringing restorative justice into the world through your career and relationship with Christ, this just might be the major for you.

When you study criminal justice at Lancaster Bible College, you’ll gain the value of getting a Christian college education while learning the basic concepts of the legal system from three perspectives: police, courts and corrections. Designed to give students an overview of the criminal justice system by broadly studying the different aspects of the law enforcement, judicial and correctional systems, students will graduate prepared to enter the field of criminal justice. Plus, through this flexible program that’s created specifically for adults looking to start or complete their degrees, students can choose to study criminal justice completely online, hybrid or even do a combination of both!

This bachelor’s degree is part of LBC’s undergraduate Adult Education program, which is designed for busy people as they balance working full time, family responsibilities, serving in ministry and more. Each course is taught in an 8-week subterm that can be taken in either an online or hybrid format. Refer to the catalog link below for the engaging courses that are part of this bachelor’s degree program. Students can customize the sequence of their classes based on which courses are being offered and their prerequisites. This way, with the help of their LBC Student Success Coach, students can chart a class schedule that fits their stage in life. To be considered a “full-time student,” students must take four 3-credit courses in a semester (16-week term).

Course Length

8 weeks

When Can I Start?

As soon as you are ready! LBC has multiple enrollment points per year, meaning that you are only ever a few weeks away from the next course starting.

Can I Transfer Credits?

Yes! If you have completed courses in other regionally accredited colleges or in the military, you may be able to transfer in credits. Read our transfer policy.

Get Credit for Life Experience

You may be able to start our degree path at LBC | Capital with some college credits! Life Experience Credit is college credit a student can earn based on prior learning. Read more.

Other Program Sections

Associate of Arts (AACJ) – 60 credits
Minor – 15 credits
See bottom of this page for more information

Would You Like More Information?

Reach out to request more information today, and one of our admissions counselors will connect with you soon to provide further details and answer your questions.

Program Plan for Bachelor's

Criminal Justice (120 Credits)

Biblical Studies 18 Credits

General Education 37 Credits

Criminal Justice 36 Credits

Electives 29 Credits

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and program details.

Schedule a Time to Chat

Want to learn more about this degree or the undergraduate adult education program? Consider scheduling an appointment to talk virtually or in person with an Admissions Counselor who will be glad to answer all your questions about earning an undergraduate degree.

Program Distinctives - What makes this program at LBC unique?
  • Fast & Flexible Schedule: The fast-paced schedule allows you to concentrate on one or two 8-week courses at a time.
  • Life Experience Credit: Earn college credits from our evaluation of your life experiences.
  • Earn Your Degree Your Way: Study completely online or hybrid (with some time in person and some online) — or even do a combination of both!
  • Accredited: Earn your degree from a top-ranked, accredited Bible college in PA.
  • Experienced Faculty: Our program is taught by professors who have a passion to teach from their years of hands-on experience in the field.
  • Integrate your Christian faith and calling with your professional skills and acumen.
Career Paths

The Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree prepares students for a wide range of technical and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:

  • Corrections Officer
  • Criminal Investigator*
  • Police Officer*
  • Paralegal
  • Private Security Officer

*Requires additional schooling or training

Program Goals – In this program, students will…
  • Excel as a criminal justice professional to make a difference.
  • Develop and integrate a biblical worldview into the system of criminal justice.
  • Evaluate how the three major components of the criminal justice system – law enforcement, courts and corrections – ensure equal justice and humane treatment.
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Synthesize practical experience within the criminal justice program curriculum.
  • Apply ethical principles of criminal justice to guide professional practice in pursuit of restorative justice.
How Do I Determine Which Courses to Take?

Each student’s path to degree completion is unique, depending on the courses you transfer into the program. The curriculum plan gives a broad picture of the required credits. If your transfer credits come from mostly one of those areas, you will need to take credits in the other areas. The remaining courses you need for graduation can best be determined after reviewing your transcripts. With flexible electives, Bible & Theology requirements and General Education requirements, most students are able to transfer to LBC the maximum number of credits.

Credits for Prior Learning. Students can earn up to 17 Life Experience Credits, through the Credits for Prior Learning evaluation process, which will often reduce the time to complete a degree. The Life Experience Credit evaluation process is done after a student begins a program.

Our Admissions Counselors are here to help guide you in planning your course of study.

Other Criminal Justice Programs Options

Associate Degree Program Plan
Biblical Studies 18
General Education 18
Criminal Justice 18
Electives 6
Total 60

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and program details.

Minoring in the Program

Required Courses for a Minor in Criminal Justice (15 credits)

  • CRJ 101 Intro to Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRJ 203 American Judicial System (3)
  • CRJ 211 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRJ ____ Criminal Justice Elective (3)
  • CRJ ____ Criminal Justice Elective (3)

Location Option: Online

View the Academic Catalog for details.

Looking for Ways to Finance Your Bachelor’s Degree?

LBC’s Financial Aid Office can help you navigate the process.