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Criminal Justice, BS

Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

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Career Outlook

Professionals with an undergraduate degree in criminal justice pursue employment with municipal, county, state or federal government agencies or with private corporations in the areas of law enforcement, corrections, the court system and juvenile justice. Hiring standards in the field are becoming increasingly competitive, giving job seekers who have completed a four-year undergraduate degree in criminal justice a distinct advantage. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Police and Detectives is projected to grow 7% by 2030, as fast as the average for all occupations.

This program is ideal for individuals seeking careers as (a):

  • Border patrol agent
  • Police officer
  • Correctional officer
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Fire investigator
  • Forensic science technicians
  • Homeland security
  • Law enforcement
  • Legal assistant
  • Probation or parole officer
  • Special agent

Finance Your Education

The University of Nebraska offers some of the most affordable tuition rates in the region, particularly for our online programs. Explore the array of funding options to finance your education in a way that makes sense for you.

Online tuition rates are calculated by credit hour and college offering the course and, because the University of Nebraska is a public institution supported by Nebraska taxpayers, Nebraska residents may receive a lower tuition rate than out-of-state students.

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Note: Campuses may charge additional fees; see the Paying for School page for more details.

We believe cost should not be a barrier to accessing higher education, even for online programs. Financial aid and scholarships are available for many students. Please see the Paying for School page for additional information and links to campus financial aid resources.

Our programs are an ideal way for military, veterans, and dependents to advance education with military advisers and staff on each campus, flexible deployment and activation policies, and generous acceptance of transfer credits. Visit our Prospective Student page and explore what the University of Nebraska offers.

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