Criminal Justice and Public Service Programs

Bethel University’s College of Professional Studies offers Bachelor of Science degrees, Criminal Justice and Emergency Services Management, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice.  Highly specialized courses prepare students to excel in their careers.  Whether students are interested in law enforcement, emergency management, homeland security, or any other area of public safety, the College of Public Service has the tools students need to be successful.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Degree Level: Associate | Course Format: Online

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice seeks to expand students’ academic and professional development by providing a basic foundation in criminal justice theory and concepts. The program is designed for students who wish to develop the skills necessary for a career in law enforcement or criminal justice immediately upon completion of the program.

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

Degree Level: Associate | Course Format: Online

The Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice provides a foundation in criminal justice theory and concepts. The program serves to enhance the professional career paths of those already within the discipline and serves as a background for further baccalaureate study.

College Start Online: Criminal Justice

Degree Level: Undergraduate Bachelors | Course Format: Online

Core curriculum creates a foundation for learning developed for working professionals who have little or no previous college credit. The College Start program prepares you for the Bethel Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Program. Credits can be earned for Academy training and other non-traditional learning gained outside the classroom.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Degree Level: Undergraduate Bachelors | Course Format: Online

Designed for working professionals who have at least 30 hours of previous college credit, this undergraduate program offers the convenience and flexibility of studying online and includes relevant criminal justice topics. Exposure to the laws, practices, technologies and skills required of leaders in the field is enhanced by the real-world experiences of peers who share a common goal: to improve society through the enforcement of local, state, and federal laws. Experienced instructors — many who have served as sheriffs, legal counsel, police chiefs, military, and homeland security and intelligence leaders — serve as guides throughout this 100% online degree program.

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Management

Degree Level: Undergraduate Bachelors | Course Format: Online

Designed for working professionals who have at least 30 hours of previous college credit, this undergraduate program offers the convenience and flexibility of studying online and includes relevant criminal justice and emergency management topics. Bethel University’s bachelor’s degree in Emergency Services Management prepares you to lead and protect, using efficient and effective best practices from a wide variety of disciplines. Transfer up to 80 hours of prior undergraduate college credits — including possible credit for Academy training and military service — making your journey to graduation even faster.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Degree Level: Graduate Criminal Justice | Course Format: Online

As a criminal justice professional, you know that every minute matters. Our practical and relevant Master of Science in Criminal Justice program was designed to allow law enforcement professionals, managers and administrators to balance their academic and professional obligations. Through the flexibility of 100% online learning, you’ll explore the laws, practices, technologies and skills needed by today’s leaders in this vital field. Experienced instructors bring real-world learning to life, while a cohort structure allows you to share best-practices with other criminal justice professionals.