Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Promote social justice. Balance your commitments. Enhance your career.

Enhance your criminal justice career with a degree that addresses the scientific study of the causes, consequences, prevention, and control of crime.

Program Details

The online Criminal Justice and Criminology program offers professionals like you the opportunity to enhance your career through study, analysis, and research in a variety of global and domestic criminological issues. Professors incorporate practical experience into the program for meaningful career development in criminal justice or related fields, as well as preparing graduates for legal and graduate level study.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology degree program consists of three sections:

General Education

General Electives

Major Core Requirements

These courses may be taken online, transferred from another institution, or earned through CLEP / DANTES exams. Some courses have prerequisites that must be completed prior to enrolling in the course. Students with Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) may benefit from additional transfer credit and/or experiential learning credit opportunities.
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The University of Mount Olive is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) 1866 Southern Ln., Decatur, GA 30033, 404.679.4500.

National Recognition

Top 20 Ranking for Exceptional Online Education — One of the top 20 Best Online Colleges in North Carolina by Accredited Schools Online. The organization analyzed data from hundreds of schools nationally with online Bachelor’s degrees. Those on the list offer the most notable balance of academic rigor, student support, and affordability for online learning. To view the list, click here.


2016 Best Online Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice — Recognized by as one of the best in the country. “The University of Mount Olive has clearly put great emphasis on creating a program that prepares students for success, and that played a major role in our ranking,” said Dr. Melissa Venable, education editor. The complete evaluation can be found here.


Dr. Charles Everett Robinson was the 2015 recipient of the University of Mount Olive Professor of the Year Award. The award is given in appreciation to a full time faculty member who exemplifies devotion above and beyond the classroom. Students nominate faculty members. The nominations are then considered by a faculty committee which makes the final selection.

Potential Career Options

  • Police Officer
  • FBI Special Agent
  • Private Investigator
  • Victim-Witness Advocate

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 21 years of age or older (unless approved by the Vice President of Admissions).
  • Possess a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Have the ability to obtain official transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

In order to sign up for online classes at UMO, you must have regular access to the Internet and email, as well as, be familiar with creating, formatting, and attaching Microsoft Word documents.


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Degree Course Requirements

Degree total credit hours
General education semester-credit hours
General elective semester-credit hours
Maximum transfer credit hours allowed from a 4-year institution
Maximum transfer credit hours allowed from a 2-year institution

Program Course Details

Criminal Justice & Criminology Courses: 39 semester-credit hours

LEGAL: (6sh)

  • CJC 370 Criminal Law and Social Control (3)
  • CJC 380 Criminal Procedure and Individual Rights (3)

SYSTEMS: (9sh) (Choose 3)

  • CJC 310 Juvenile Justice Systems and Processes (3)
  • CJC 320 Law Enforcement Systems and Processes (3)
  • CJC 330 Court Systems and Processes (3)
  • CJC 340 Correctional Systems and Processes (3)
  • CJC 350 Criminal Justice Administration (3)

THEORY: (9sh) (Choose 3)

  • SOC 345 Sociology of Deviance (3)
  • CJC 430 Criminological Theory (3)
  • CJC 421 Theoretical Perspectives in Social Science (3)
  • CJC 335 Victimology and Advocacy (3)


  • CJC 355 Drugs, Crime and Society (3)
  • CJC 365 Terrorism and Homeland Security (3)

METHODS: (6sh)

  • CJC 401 Research Methods for Social Sciences (3)
  • CJC 405 Data Analysis for Social Science Research (3)


  • CJC 496 Senior Research Project (3)

General Elective: 41 semester-credit hours

General electives may be met by any course combination that matches your interest or eligible transfer credit.

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A degree you can afford.

Tuition & fees:

  • $440 per semester-credit hour.
  • Active duty military pricing: $214 per semester credit hour
  • Experiential Learning Credits: $100 per semester hour approved
  • No application fee
  • No technology fee
  • $50 confirmation deposit (applied toward tuition) due upon acceptance of the offer of admission

Students in the Online Program at the University of Mount Olive benefit from generous transfer credit policies. See how affordable it can be to earn a degree.

  • $44,880 for students transferring in 24 credits
  • $27,280 for students transferring in 64 credits
  • $14,080 for students transferring in 94 credits

Tuition Fees Based On Incoming Tuition Credits
UMO CJC Chart Revised

Financial Aid Breakdown of Online Students*

Pell Grants Scholarship
Subsidized Loan
Unsubsidized Loan
North Carolina Need Based Scholarship

*Percentage of total students with valid FAFSA who attended either Fall or Spring semester at least half time and submitted a valid 2015/2016 FAFSA. Eligibility for Unsubsidized Direct Loans is 100% as long as the student has not exhausted their lifetime limits. Numbers in the chart included students who may have declined this fund.

Question: Why is earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology through the University of Mount Olive Online Program a better value?

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Answer: At the University of Mount Olive, class sizes are small, so you receive focused attention. Coursework is asynchronous and may be completed any time of the day or night from wherever you have an Internet connection. More importantly, our generous transfer credit policies allow you to earn your degree quickly and affordably.

Obtain your Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Mount Olive’s Online Programs. Have questions? Contact one of our online admissions counselors today!

Tim Bruhn

Phone: (919) 263-4089

Amber Turner

Phone: (919) 307-5907