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About the Criminal Justice Degree Program

On Campus Online

With a Criminal Justice degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, you will be prepared for challenging and rewarding careers within federal, state, county and municipal justice systems. The curriculum includes specialized courses reflecting current trends in justice in the United States and world-wide.

At UNK, you'll have access to personal instruction from faculty with real-life experience and research expertise. Students have the opportunity to get the most out of each course through applied-learning experiences, including a a required internship, ensuring that graduates leave the program with practical experience.

A Criminal Justice degree can also be used as a stepping stone for further study, including law school. This program option leaves room to explore an unrelated minor or second major, allowing students to further expand their credentials.

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Online Criminal Justice Degree Program

As an online Criminal Justice student at UNK, you'll receive a quality and affordable education as well as the same degree as our on-campus students. Request Info Student Resources Online Curriculum

Criminal Justice Program at a Glance

120

Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

Degree Received

Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science

Minor Offered

Criminal Justice minor available online and on-campus

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Great Value

UNK is the most affordable Nebraska university and most students receive significant financial aid

Jesse Bartels

“I chose criminal justice as my major because I wanted to make a difference in a community by serving others and being a positive influence in their lives.” “When I first visited the UNK campus, the students and faculty I met with made me feel welcome. I was able to speak with professors from the criminal justice department one-on-one before I even applied to attend UNK, and they answered all of my questions.”

Jesse Bartels

Hastings Police Department , Hastings, NE

What can you do with a Criminal Justice Degree

Learn more about the types of jobs and common employers that Criminal Justice graduates work for.

Careers

  • Police Officer
  • Special Agent
  • State Police Officer
  • Probation or parole officer
  • Security or private investigator
  • Correctional Officer
  • Youth security specialist
  • Legal assistant
  • Judicial Administrator
  • Border patrol agent
  • Military officer with criminal justice speciality

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