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Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice entirely online through UNI

April 17, 2017

Matthew Makarios, associate professor, UNI Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, 319-273-2473,

Jacie Dahlstrom, communications specialist, Continuing and Distance Education, 319-273-5970,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree program in Criminal Justice scheduled to begin fall 2017. This program is designed specifically for graduates of career and technical programs from community colleges.

The courses in this program incorporate an applied approach to building the critical thinking, written and verbal communication and problem solving skills needed for careers in criminal justice. Committed faculty with extensive experience working with professionals in the criminal justice field will provide a solid background of career advancement in the fields of corrections, courts, policing and private security. 

“The BAS in Criminal Justice is one of the first programs in Iowa that offers the option for students who have received their AAS degree to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in 60 credits. It has a strong emphasis in both written and verbal communication that is designed to help law enforcement professionals excel in their careers,” said Matthew Makarios, program coordinator. 

This manageable course sequence offers approximately two courses each semester, with a total of 60 units of credit. The program will be completed entirely online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. 

The program begins this fall using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with a degree to be earned in the fall of 2020. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit

For more information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit or call 319-273-7206 or 800-648-3864.