Criminal justice careers are projected to grow through 2026; however, as the field becomes more competitive, employers may increasingly look for educated, qualified individuals. For police and detective positions, applicants with a bachelor’s degree and law enforcement experience are expected to have the best opportunities.†
With a criminal justice degree, you may qualify for employment or advancement opportunities related to‡:
- Cybercrime counterterrorism
- Crime scene investigation
- Fraud investigation
- Homeland security
- Juvenile justice and detention
- Law enforcement
- Parole and probation
- Private investigations
- Public safety
Use Your Law Enforcement Certification to Earn Credit
If you are a certified sworn law enforcement officer who has completed National Peace Officer Standard Training, your accomplishments may qualify you to receive 25 credits toward your bachelor’s degree.§
Accelerated Master's Degree Option
You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in public administration, human services, legal studies, or psychology while you earn your bachelor’s degree. Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.
Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond the Purdue Global degree. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information. Graduates of Purdue Global criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.