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Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice - Counseling

Earn your online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Peru State College Online and discover a fascinating career helping make communities and individuals stronger, safer and more resilient. 

The important field of criminal justice touches our lives in many ways and covers a wide range of services and functions, from law enforcement, courts and prisons, to counseling services and a number of organizations and agencies people depend on every day. 

Because upholding our nation’s legal system is so critical, this is a field with enormous potential. And with an online criminal justice degree from Peru State College, you can secure a rewarding career to be proud of.  We offer three specializations that allow you to delve deeper into a specific interest, including criminal justice counseling, administration, and legal studies. You simply choose the path that best aligns with your particular passion in this essential, honorable line of work.  

With Peru State’s online criminal justice - counseling program, you’ll gain the foundational knowledge in criminal justice and law enforcement, plus a counseling emphasis. Courses will explore theories of social influence, diversity, addiction and chemical dependencies, and will build skills in leading group counseling sessions in a variety of environments. For example, some prison systems need qualified professionals to counsel groups and individuals incarcerated because of substance-related issues.

Why do so many criminal justice professionals choose our program specifically? In a nutshell, Peru State College Online makes education possible for even the busiest of lives. We’re often commended for premium flexibility, expert faculty, renowned high value, and an engaged online community you can count on for support. 

With deep 150-year roots, Peru State College adapted our programs for online delivery more than 20 years ago. And today, our expertise online means a smooth educational journey for you, from enrollment through graduation.

Ready to explore the possibilities and secure the criminal justice career you’ve been dreaming of? Join Peru State College, and earn an accredited online bachelor’s in criminal justice – counseling, designed expertly for you.  

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Up to 90 Credits

*Transfer up to 90 Credit Hours

empowering education, expert faculty

At Peru State College Online, the online criminal justice courses throughout the 120-credit-hour program are taught by renowned faculty, with real-world, criminal justice experience themselves. 

Our faculty members have worked or work in policing, corrections, parole and probation, and make it their priority to stay on top of current criminal justice and administrative practices. Through our continually refreshed curriculum, you are ensured solid knowledge essential to launching or enhancing your career. 

Your instructors’ expertise also includes online teaching methods, and they strive for a smooth, interactive experience for you and your classmates. By keeping the online classroom smaller than you would typically find with a physical campus, the faculty is able to respond quicker, and focus on meaningful interaction with students one-on-one and as a group. 

Our online testing practices are also quality-designed to help you perform at your best, with proctored exams giving way to a more personalized, less stressful experience. 

Getting excited about your degree path with us? Our online criminal justice courses form the basis of a quality education designed for your ultimate success. (Go here for a complete listing of required and elective courses.) 

exciting careers within your reach

With your bachelor’s degree in criminal justice – counseling, there are a number of career options to explore. Here are a few related facts and figures to consider...

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors is projected to grow 22 percent by 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for these professionals was $46,240 in May 2019.

Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow five percent by 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The continued need for public safety is expected to lead to new openings for officers, although demand may vary by location. In May 2019, the median annual wage for police and detectives was $65,170, and $54,290 for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists. 

Specific careers available with an online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice include:
  • Police Officer, Sheriff or Highway Patrol Officer
  • Bailiff
  • Bank and Financial Crimes Fraud Examiner
  • Child Investigative Specialist
  • Computer Forensics
  • Correctional Officer
  • Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Court Clerk
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Crimes Against Person Investigator
  • Crimes Against Property Investigator
  • Dispatcher
  • Drug and Alcohol Specialist
  • Family Case Worker
  • Federal Employee (FBI, CIA, DEA - restrictions apply)
  • Fire Investigator
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Military
  • Private Security/Protection Expert
  • Parole or Probation Officer
An abundance of opportunity. A rewarding, impactful career. In the fascinating field of criminal justice, the world needs professionals like you, driven to make a difference. So, come to Peru State College, and discover quality criminal justice education designed exactly for you.

top value education

At Peru State College Online, we take it all seriously – including your education investment. Our students work hard on their education, so we do our part to make it as affordable as possible. Peru State College’s approach of high quality at a competitive cost works well for both you and us, earning our college the distinction of being a Top ROI, Best Buy and Best Value. 

What’s our secret? No surprises here …
  • At a lean $299 per credit hour, our low, “one rate, any state” tuition simplifies things, with no other per-credit-hour fees to worry about. 
  • And if you are a transfer student (like nearly 80 percent of our undergraduate students), our generous 66/90 transfer policy* means you can avoid redundant classes, earn your degree more affordably and graduate faster. We’ll evaluate all possibilities, including prior college coursework, corporate and military training, and even life experience. It’s possible you could be up to 75 percent finished with your program before your first Peru State course even begins.   
  • For other ways to lower your costs, we will be happy to discuss options like financial aid and tuition assistance programs, if applicable to you.
  • Finally, it’s free to apply.
Less financial stress for you, enormous pride for us. Ready to make the most out of your education dollars? At Peru State, you’ll find transformative education offered affordably, for you.

*Up to 90 credits accepted from an accredited college or up to 66 from a community, vocational or tech college.


At Peru State College, you’ll be surprised at just how flexible learning can be. Year-round, our 120-credit-hour online bachelor’s in criminal justice - counseling can be safely accomplished wherever and whenever is best for you.  

  • Four- and eight-week courses
  • Multiple start dates throughout the year
  • No set daily login times
  • Up to 90 transfer credit hours accepted
  • Personalized student support from start to finish
  • And a simple application process -- with no app fee!


Virtual Learning Environment Transfer up to 90 credits

This makes it even more affordable to achieve your goal of a career in protecting others. 

CANVAS Platform HLC Accreditation

Peru State College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1915. (800-621-7440).

moving forward together ...

Applying is easy, and free. Whether you’d like a little help from us or prefer to get started on your own, here’s what you’ll need to ensure a smooth application process:

  • Application for Admission (FREE)
  • Request official transcripts from your high school and any applicable college or university you have previously attended (not required if you are transferring from Chadron State College or Wayne State College).

 It takes about 24 hours for your application to be processed, and we’ll work with you on the credit evaluation and enrollment process from there.

"Peru has helped me find my passion and achieve my dreams."
---K. Brundage, Alumna 

... peru is for you.


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By submitting this form, I am providing my digital signature agreeing that Peru State College may email me or contact me regarding educational services by telephone and/or text message utilizing automated technology at the telephone number(s) provided above. I understand this consent is not a condition to attend Peru State College or to purchase any other goods or services.