Online Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Why an Online Bachelor’s in Criminology & Criminal Justice from PSU?

  • Complete your degree 100% online with no campus visits
  • In-depth curriculum:
    • Leadership in Criminal Justice
    • Criminal Behavior
    • Advanced Crime Analysis
  • Highly accomplished and student-centered faculty members
  • Ranked as one of “The Best 376 Colleges” in 2015 by The Princeton Review
  • Quality preparation for advanced graduate degrees
  • Online Certificates and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate also available


Portland State’s Criminology & Criminal Justice Online Programs

Hear from PSU faculty, staff, and graduates as they discuss the highlights of the CCJO program.

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Online Criminology & Criminal Justice Programs

Portland State University's Division of Criminology & Criminal Justice provides an online bachelor's degree completion program for those seeking to pursue a criminology & criminal justice degree. In addition, four certificate programs are available to those seeking to specialize in key criminal justice areas. There are a variety of career paths for those who receive a high-quality criminal justice education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts double-digit growth in the criminal justice field through the end of the decade. Amazingly diverse opportunities exist for dedicated and educated individuals who are interested in a future in these career areas:
  • Law Enforcement – Police Officer, Detective, Special Investigator, State Trooper, Community Relations Officer, Crime Analyst
  • Corrections – Corrections Officer, Correctional Counselor, Parole Officer, Probation Officer
  • Federal Agencies – Border Patrol Agent, Game Enforcement Agent, U.S. Marshal, FBI Agent, CIA Agent, Secret Service Agent, ICE Agent
  • Social Services – Behavioral Disorder Counselor, Treatment Specialist, Victim Advocate, Policy Analyst, Youth Counselor, Crime Prevention Coordinator, and more
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Meet Our CCJO Graduates

At Portland State University, we recognize the growing employer demand for critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and reformers. That's why our program is designed for creative, open-minded, and highly motivated individuals eager to make a difference. As a PSU CCJO graduate, you are positioning yourself to rise to a prominent leadership position because you have thought about the role a quality education plays in your professional growth.

Cory Johnson

Listen to CCJO graduate Cory Johnson discuss her favorite project and her overall experience in the CCJO program.

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Ross Ellis

Learn firsthand why active duty military member Ross Ellis chose to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Portland State University.

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Kristy English

CCJO graduate Kristy English describes why it was essential for her degree to be online and how she wants to impact her community.

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Meet Our Award-Winning Criminal Justice Faculty

The Criminology & Criminal Justice Division is committed to helping improve criminal justice policy and practice through excellence in both research and in student-centered education. The award-winning criminal justice faculty at PSU provides a quality, cutting-edge education to students both on campus and online. Hear from some of the faculty now and see how their expertise will influence your criminal justice degree.

Kris Henning, Ph.D.

Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice Division

Listen to Dr. Henning as he discusses his collaboration with local criminal justice agencies, as well as his strong focus on evidence-based practice.

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Danielle McGurrin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice Division

Take note of Dr. McGurrin’s insightful studies into victimology, with a focus on white-collar crimes that result in economic losses for the average American.

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Emily Salisbury, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice Division

Watch Dr. Salibury's 2015 TedX as she discusses the Washington Corrections Center for Women' and associated statistics.

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Intensive Coursework on Today’s Most Important Topics

The Portland State University Online Criminology & Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree program offers a rigorous curriculum that is designed to prepare students for real-world challenges. The course selection of this criminology & criminal justice degree includes a state-of-the-art, evidence-based curriculum that can be tailored to your professional goals. Some popular courses include:

Crime, Grime, & Fear

Examine the factors that combine to intensify neighborhood crime and community decline, with a focus on crime patterns, disorder, fear of crime, police-citizen relations, and more.

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Correlates of Criminal Behavior

Analyze the correlates of criminal behavior in children, adolescents, and adults by exploring biopsychosocial factors that contribute to aggressive and criminal behavior.

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Criminal Law & Legal Reasoning

This class focuses on giving students the necessary skills to solve problems through reading and researching cases and law reviews.

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