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Eastern Kentucky University will offer an online criminal justice degree, beginning in Fall 2018. The bachelor’s degree program will prepare students for a range of careers in the justice and safety field.

“By offering an online degree in the broader criminal justice discipline, we hope to introduce students to job opportunities they may not have thought about,” explained Dr. Vic Kappeler, dean of the EKU College of Justice and Safety. “The degree will address a need for well-educated professionals in law enforcement, corrections, the court system and social service jobs.”

The new online degree is for those working in criminal justice, criminology and related occupations who are seeking advancement, as well as for those looking to get into the field. The EKU Online criminal justice degree offers:

  • online learning from an accredited brick-and-mortar university.
  • eight-week terms, as opposed to the traditional 16-week terms.
  • dedicated advisers who work with students from application through graduation and help them make the most of their transfer credit.
  • a University ranked among the best schools for online degrees by U.S. News & World Report and Military Times.
  • a student-centered learning environment.

The EKU College of Justice and Safety, recognized as one of the foremost justice studies programs in the United States, offered its first courses more than 50 years ago. In 2006, the college unveiled the University’s first online degree programs.

Applications are now being accepted. Classes will begin in August. To learn more, visit

Consistently recognized as having some of the nation’s best online degree programs, EKU strives to make quality education accessible to everyone. EKU is an accredited, brick-and-mortar institution that has offered online degree programs since 2006. Today, more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree options are available in a variety of fields.