Criminal Justice and Public Service Programs

Bethel University’s College of Public Service offers two 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, while developing students’ ability to grasp legal issues, law enforcement objectives, the impact of terrorism, and administrative matters. It 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, while developing students’ ability to understand legal issues, law enforcement objectives, the impact or terrorism, and administration matters. The program serves to enhance the professional career paths of those already within the discipline, preparing graduates to pursue career opportunities in the criminal justice field, while serving as a background for further baccalaureate study.

College Start Online: Criminal Justice

Degree Level: Undergraduate Bachelors | Course Format: Online

Designed especially for criminal justice professionals with little or no previous college credit, the Criminal Justice College Start program focuses on the core courses needed to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Students are introduced to college-level expectations, including academic writing, critical thinking, and time-management skills. Credits can be earned for Academy training and other non-traditional learning gained outside the classroom. Flexible online classes start monthly, and are taught by experts in the industry who care about each student’s success.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Degree Level: Undergraduate Bachelors | Course Format: Online

Our practical and relevant bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice program was designed specifically for law enforcement professionals, managers and administrators. 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.

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 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.

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Management

Degree Level: Undergraduate Bachelors | Course Format: Online

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. Our 100% online coursework allows you to fulfill your professional obligations while earning your degree. Transfer up to 80 hours of prior undergraduate college credits — including up to 30 hours of Academy training and up to 30 hours for your military service — making your journey to graduation even faster. Whether you are interested in law enforcement, emergency management, homeland security, or any other area of public safety, Bethel’s bachelor’s degree in Emergency Services Management means you’re ready for anything.