It’s hard to watch the news these days without wondering what can be done about the injustices in our society. For many people, the answer is a career in criminal justice.

A degree in criminal justice doesn’t limit you to being a police officer or a detective, although at a median salary of almost $63,000 a year, those are not bad gigs.The Averett University Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Criminal Justice (BSCJ) degree prepares you for a wide range of career options, including juvenile justice, corrections, research, private security administration, social services, counseling, nonprofit administration and public administration.

Our accelerated program is 100% online and academy credits and military background may count toward degree completion credits. That means you could be out of school and making a difference in the community in practically no time.

If you’re already in criminal justice and ready to move into leadership, Averett’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and Leadership may be the next logical step. It’s an intense program, but you could be done and on your way up the ladder in less than 20 months. To give you an idea of your potential earning power, the median pay for first-line supervisors of police officers and detectives is $87,910, with top jobs paying more than $140,000.2

Criminal justice careers are interesting, demanding, always changing and, as long as there are bad guys in the world, secure. Find out more about a criminal justice degree from Averett University’s Graduate and Professional Studies programs for working adults. It just might be the calling for you.

[1]Occupational Outlook Handbook, Police and Detectives, Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 13, 2018.

[2]Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017, 33-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 30, 2018.


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