Skip to main content
Stephen Burkhart sitting in his office with text "Stephen Burkhart '19"

Online Degree in Criminology & Crime Analysis BS in Criminal Justice Concentration

Clock Icon
Register By: May 04 Classes Start: May 06

Learn Crime Analysis Online

  • $330/credit (120 total credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Get up to 12 credits for law enforcement training
  • Learn from instructors with frontline experience
  • Dive deep into analyzing criminal behavior
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required

Online Criminology Degree Concentration Overview

What leads to deviant behavior? How does someone go from antisocial to sociopath? Why does one person rise above adverse conditions while another adopts a life of crime? What’s behind the criminal mind?

Explore the answers to these questions and more in SNHU's online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Criminology and Crime Analysis.

Building on our core criminal justice curriculum, this concentration will give you the opportunity to apply criminological theory to develop crime reduction and prevention strategies. You'll examine the important roles that criminologists and crime analysts play in the development of data-based, proactive policing methods and crime prevention policies.

You'll then bridge the study of deviant behavior with the analysis of data designed to solve real-world problems associated with prevention, control and treatment of crime and delinquency. Plus, you'll learn this critical knowledge of the criminal justice system from faculty who've served on the front lines of the field.

As you complete your criminology and crime analysis courses, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to succeed in law enforcement, social services and related fields. Armed with specialized knowledge in data-driven problem solving, you can position yourself for success in today's criminal justice job market.

Checklist Icon

What You'll Learn

  • Theories of human behavior
  • Crime reduction and prevention strategies
  • Technology and societal trends in criminal justice
  • Empathy and compassion for diverse populations
  • Laws, regulations and ethical standards
  • Communication skills in criminal justice
  • Research methodologies 

Laptop Icon

How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

SNHU Online Criminal Justice Degree Program Overview

Learn what makes Southern New Hampshire University's criminal justice program one of the nation’s largest and most popular. Dr. Jeff Czarnec, SNHU’s associate dean of criminal justice and social science programs, explains why our course content, faculty and learning experience stand out.

Career Outlook

By earning your online degree in criminology and crime analysis, you'll be well-positioned for the fastest-growing career paths in this field, including:

Police and Detectives

Gather facts and collect evidence for criminal cases, observe the activities of suspects and make arrests.

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

Supervise people placed on probation or develop rehabilitation plans for people on probation or parole.

Social and Community Service Managers

Focus on the public well-being of children, homeless people, older adults or veterans, or help people with substance use or mental health disorders.

In addition to these occupations, your online criminology and crime analysis degree can prepare you to pursue an advanced degree in law or sociology. Sociologists who specialize in crime (also known as criminologists) analyze penal systems and populations to study the causes and effects of crime.

Law enforcement positions may involve additional training and eligibility requirements. You might choose to gain more knowledge through an online master's in criminal justice, which offers a general track, as well as 2 career-focused concentrations – public safety administration and advanced counterterrorism & homeland security.

Earn credits for what you already know: Did you know certain work and life experience – like industry-recognized certifications, law enforcement training and math knowledge – could save you time and money at SNHU? Learn how you could get credit for work or life experience.

Job Growth and Salary

After completing your criminology degree, job opportunities and salary will depend on your career plan and your ultimate educational goals, but overall job growth is on the rise.

Growth Icon

Job Growth

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts 72,600 new jobs in protective service occupations and a 9% growth in social and community service occupations through 2032.1 The projected job growth is 3% for police and detectives.1

Salary Icon


The BLS reported a 2022 median annual salary of $59,860 for probation officers, $74,240 for social and community service managers, $98,590 for sociologists and $69,160 for police and detectives.1

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Criminology Degree

Picture of Jeff Czarnec

Cultural Competency is Our Responsibility

Dr. Jeff Czarnec, associate dean of criminal justice and social science programs

“Criminal justice programs have the direct responsibility to help ensure that future law enforcement professionals have an enhanced understanding of the human condition along with strong critical thinking skills in order to become culturally competent public servants.”

Courses & Curriculum

A criminology degree provides an intense exploration of the criminal mind. Topics range from theories of crime and punishment to the psychological and social basis of criminal behavior. The degree also offers you a window into rehabilitation and recidivism, studies of specific types of crime, and social attitudes and policy.

Throughout the criminology courses in the online criminal justice degree program, you'll acquire the skills and knowledge you need to pursue your career goals. Our unique criminology degree online program gives you a foundation in essential criminal justice principles with courses such as:

  • Cultural Awareness in Criminal Justice
  • Communication Skills for Criminal Justice
  • Technology in Criminal Justice

In addition to your core criminal justice courses, the criminology and crime analysis concentration includes 4 specialized course.

  • Criminology and Public Policy. Discover how the role and responsibilities of criminologists in the criminal justice field influence the development of various forms of public policies. Explore social control, deviance theories and the relationship between the constitution and civil liberties and public policies.
  • Prevention of Crime. Apply your knowledge of criminological theory to analyze how it contributes to effective prevention of crime within communities. Study the relationship between environmental design, evidenced based interventions and criminological research in preventing crime.
  • Data-Based Policing Strategies. Examine the historical evolution of data in policing strategies and study the challenges and benefits of data analysis in the deployment of proactive policing strategies. Apply knowledge of data to determine how it is used to prevent crime.
  • Crime Analysis and Solutions. Learn the various methodologies used in research to analyze the successes and failures of research-based policing strategies. Use common tools and technology to determine patterns and trends related to criminal activity.

Critical thinking and communication are crucial for success in the field. This program includes courses that are useful if you plan to pursue a criminal justice communication certificate – a bonus if you want to move up the ranks.

Learn from Experienced Faculty

Courses are taught by highly regarded, accomplished faculty with years of real-world, hands-on experience and advanced academic qualifications.

Bara Alkafil with text Bara Alkafil

Bara Alkafil ’16 appreciated that many of her criminal justice classes were taught by current and retired police officers. “Whenever they discussed what happens in the real world, it made me want to learn more about law enforcement,” she said.

Alkafil, a refugee from Iraq, chose criminal justice to help people the way she and her family were helped many years ago.

“It is because of people's ability to help one another and serve justice (that) I am no longer a refugee and (now) a citizen of the greatest country in the world,” she said.

Our criminal justice faculty have experience working for major law enforcement agencies, including:

  • Atlanta Police Department
  • Chicago Police Department
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Homeland Security
  • Houston Police Department
  • Miami Police Department
  • New York City Police Department

Kelcey Kennedy with text Kelcey Kennedy

Kelcey Kennedy '19 '21G could feel just how much the instructors wanted students to succeed.

They understand that life gets busy and that we all have different things going on, so they make the workload manageable," she said. "They are very fair with the workload and grading processes and if for any reason you need help, they are there every step of the way. In the end, they want you to learn and become successful and will do anything they can to be a positive piece in your educational journey."

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

General Education

All undergraduate students are required to take general education courses, which are part of SNHU's newly redesigned program, The Commons. The goal of The Commons' curriculum is to empower you with some of the most in-demand skills, so you can succeed not only in your academic career, but in your personal and professional life too.

Technology Resources

We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.

Earn Math Credits

Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $990 $330 $9,900
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $693 $231 $6,930

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions