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Bachelor's Completion Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice Online (CCJO)CCJO logo

The Bachelor's Completion Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice Online program is designed with the criminal justice and law enforcement professional in mind. This 66-credit program, combined with the appropriate lower-division undergraduate coursework, will lead to either a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from UT Arlington (UTA), or a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from UT Permian Basin (UTPB) or UT Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).

The online format is designed to meet the educational needs of traditional and non-traditional students, allowing them to continue part-time or full-time work. No on-campus visits are required. Participants in the program learn about crime causation, criminal justice issues, juvenile justice, law enforcement, courts, corrections, and law. Each 3-credit course will be conducted over the Internet by the same talented faculty teaching on-campus.

In the context of a well-rounded education, the online completion degree provides students with access to a four-year degree in criminology and/or criminal justice, with the online program comprising primarily of junior and senior level coursework. The degree program prepares students for professional careers and advancement opportunities in criminal justice or related fields and is designed for students who have already completed their first two years of undergraduate courses.

Austin Community College graduates can easily transfer into this program Best Buy logo ranks the CCJO Online program #8 on its Best Buy list in the category of Most Affordable Online Criminal Justice Bachelors Degrees.

USDLA Gold Winner logoThe U.S. Distance Learning Association presented its 2007 Best Practices Gold Award for Online Distance Learning Programming Online Technology - Higher Education to The American Judicial System, a UT Arlington CCJO course.

Participating Institutions and Advisors

UT Arlington
Ms. Karel Carpenter

Senior Lecturer
(817) 272-3318

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Campus Program Information

UT Permian Basin

Dr. Gregg Hammon

(432) 552-2356

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Campus Program Information

UT Rio Grande Valley
Dr. Steve Wilson

Associate Professor
(956) 882-7110

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Campus Program Information


Link to information about the CCJO Committee.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • For whom is this degree appropriate?
    Law enforcement personnel, juvenile justice practitioners and other service providers as well as pre-professional students interested in obtaining a four-year degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. The program can be taken without relocating and while maintaining full or part-time employment.
  • How much will it cost to take a course?
    Students are billed by the campus hosting the course. Links to campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost & Financial Aid page.
  • How many semester credit hours are required to complete the degree plan?
    66-credit hours, or 63 if the student has previously taken an Introduction to Criminology or Criminal Justice course. Students must take at least two courses from their home campuses. All courses taken from other participating universities in the CCJO program can be transferred to students' home campuses to fulfill degree requirements. Based on course load, students may complete the program in as little as two years or as many as six.
  • Will I have to visit any of the participating campuses?
    The CCJO program will be offered predominantly using the Internet, but may include supplemental materials such as video/audio tapes and CD-ROM. Students will not be required to attend the campuses at any time.

Getting Started

To participate in the CCJO program, you must choose a home campus by applying to and being accepted by one of the three degree-granting institutions listed above. Students can apply for admission using the ApplyTexas website. Criteria, procedures and deadlines for admission vary slightly from one university to another, but are predominantly the same as the traditional residence programs. Consult the participating universities for specific details. Additionally, all CCJO students must have successfully completed at least 54-credit hours of college-level coursework.

Link to Enrollment Services for additional information on admissions, registration and course access.