Whether you are interested in starting a career in criminal justice or getting the education you need for your next promotion, Wayne State’s online criminal justice degree lets you fit a college education into your busy schedule. Advance your career in the exciting fields of law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, court services, asset protection, corporate and private security, and juvenile justice. The online criminal justice program at Wayne State covers the basis for understanding the economic, political, legal, and social environments in which the criminal justice process operates, which means you have the flexibility to apply your criminal justice degree to a variety of careers.
Do you have credits from another institution? You may transfer up to 66 credit hours toward a degree from WSC. Learn more.
What Students Are Saying: Our alumni and current students have found the convenience, structure, and content of the online criminal justice program to be top-notch. See what they have to say.
Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey
Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.
For major: 36
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120
*A minor is also required for this program.
Popular minors: Social Sciences, Speech Communication, Public Administration, Interdisciplinary Studies (Child and Family Services, Criminology and Offender Behavior), Business Administration
School: Natural and Social Sciences
Department: Criminal Justice
Law enforcement officers are entitled to a credit of 30% of tuition charges (LB906). Learn more
Focus on Affordability
WSC delivers a comprehensive online criminal justice degree at a lower cost than area schools. And with a flat rate for residents and non-residents, you can’t beat our value!
Out of State
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(costs shown are tuition and fees per credit hour)
Learn from the Best
Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.
Our Focus is Results
Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.
- Criminal law and constitutional rights
- Role and function of police and law enforcement
- Correctional processes and probationary concepts
- Criminology theories and understanding criminal behavior
- Forensic crime scene investigation
- Security and loss prevention
- Introductory Spanish
- Homeland security and the nature of terrorism
- Research methods in social science
- Oral and written communication
- Time management and organization
- Police officer / sheriff
- Crime scene investigator
- Fraud investigator
- Anti-terrorism agent
- Correctional officer
- Probation/parole officer
- Border patrol agent
- Immigration specialist
- Case manager
- Lawyer / attorney
- Youth support worker
- Child protection agent
- Private and corporate security
- Emergency management
- Law enforcement agencies
- Federal agencies
- Anti-terrorism units
- Probation offices
- Correctional facilities
- Security companies
- Child protective services
- Immigration services
- Crime scene labs
- Law firms
- Social services
Wayne State College’s criminal justice program prepared me very well for life after college. The education I received in the program helped set me apart from other applicants in the hiring process and helped me perform well during the academic portion of the police academy. I use pieces of what I learned at Wayne State College on a daily basis as a law enforcement officer, from writing reports to conducting investigations. I am confident that Wayne State College can prepare you for the career you are seeking in the criminal justice field.”
Keith Jorgensen '14
Deputy Sheriff, Pierce County (Nebraska)
“With the criminal justice program, I gained numerous skills including public speaking, data analysis, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning. The support I received from the faculty advisors was unprecedented. The faculty walked me through class registration, internship experiences, and post-graduation decisions. I became the best student that I was capable of being because the Criminal Justice faculty challenged me to take full advantage of the opportunities Wayne State offered. I had an internship at the local probation office and then opened the door to graduate school and employment with the United States Attorney’s office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Currently, I am a development director for Collective for Youth.”
Nicole Everingham '04
Development Director, Collective For Youth (Omaha, Neb.)
"I started the online criminal justice program after I transferred to WSC with my associate’s degree in criminal justice. With my degree, I am now working full time as a 911 dispatcher, and the flexibility of online classes works great with my schedule. I am able to do my homework anywhere I want at any time. The communication with the teachers is so simple and they are great about getting back to you with any questions and concerns. Online classes take a lot of discipline and time management, but I am so happy with my choice of WSC's online CJ program."
911 Dispatcher for Buffalo County, Nebraska
"I chose to complete my criminal justice degree by enrolling online at Wayne State. It was simple to get enrolled, and Wayne State made it easy to help get my credits transferred. I am a non-traditional student, and using the online program has been a great way to balance my family life and career, and to further my education. The online program is well-structured and easy to navigate. Lastly, the instructor has been helpful and quickly responsive to any concerns I have had. If you are looking for an online program to study criminal justice, I would highly recommend Wayne State."
Sgt. Kurt Pafford
Fremont, Neb., Police Department
"I am a certified police officer with the State of Nebraska. I have chosen Wayne State College for many reasons. I chose the online criminal justice program for the flexibility it provides. My instructors have been very helpful with giving direction when needed and were prompt with returning questions. I was an average student until I came to Wayne State. In this program I have been able to take average and make it great. I have a career already in the field of law enforcement. I have learned a great deal more from my online classes. I have been able to apply content from my online courses and use them in my career. The price for online makes it affordable. I have chosen this path so that I can keep moving forward in advancement in my career."
Nebraska State Police Officer
"My experience in the criminal justice online program at Wayne State has been remarkable. Trying to pursue a higher education while working full time can be challenging and overwhelming. This online program allows the flexibility needed to fit school into my schedule. Communication with the professors is excellent; I always have my questions answered promptly. Professors are willing to go above and beyond to secure a successful online learning environment. The material covered has always been thought-provoking and current in today’s criminal justice society. I wish I would have started the online program sooner."
Outside the Classroom
At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, events, and more.
Wayne State Criminal Justice Association
WSCJA is a large and active student club available to all Criminal Justice majors and minors. Recent activities have included field trips to the federal penitentiary in Colorado, Lincoln Correctional Penitentiary, and the Kansas City Police Department. Students were invited to observe Nebraska parole hearings and interview a prison inmate on death row. The club sponsors field trips, speakers and public service activities. For information, please contact Dr. Jason Karsky at 402-375-7139 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Phi Sigma
Alpha Phi Sigma is the Criminal Justice Honorary, which encourages academic excellence, social service, student support, and the development of leadership skills for criminal justice majors. Requirements for membership include 42 hours of course work completed, a 3.2 GPA overall, a 3.2 GPA in the Criminal Justice major, and ranking in the top 35% of the class. For information, please contact Dr. Lisa Wanek at 402-375-7173 or at email@example.com.
Delta Upsilon is an association devoted to promoting professionalism in all areas of criminal justice. Members compete as a team in crime scene investigation, pistol and firearm competition, and physical agility competition, as well as test their criminal justice knowledge in written and practical competitive events. Requirements for membership: student in criminal justice, 18 years or older, and membership dues. For information, please contact the School of Natural and Social Sciences at 402-375-7030.