If you’re a criminal justice employee—or interested in becoming one—Ball State’s associate degree in criminal justice and criminology will put you on track for an entry- or mid-level professional position.

Whether you are working in the criminal justice field or employed in another area, you may be juggling job, family commitments, and community obligations. That’s why the associate degree in criminal justice and criminology is offered 100 percent online.

You can enter the program with your eye on one of our criminal justice specializations, whether it’s policing, courts, victimology, corrections, or special populations. The associate degree puts you two years closer to earning Ball State’s bachelor of science in criminal justice and criminology.

Major Requirements

During your first year in the program, you’ll pursue core criminal justice and criminology course work. Your second year will encompass 35 credits in more advanced criminal justice and criminology courses, plus electives.

Total Credits



A sampling of the courses you will take include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Race, Gender, and Crime
  • Decision Making and Ethics
  • Criminal Law

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, if you are considering a program that leads to professional licensure, some states may have additional regulations. Review our state authorization website if you live outside of Indiana and contact us if you have questions.


Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.


Want to Learn More

Do you have questions about this program or online learning?  We're here to help!  You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.