What will I learn?

Study on Demand - a 100% online criminal justice degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study - access support seven days a week, engage with content from day one of your course, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

From law enforcement to the courts and corrections, the criminal justice system plays a crucial role in maintaining, enforcing and administering the law to help promote justice for individuals and the community, as well as reduce and prevent crime.

Informed by the latest thinking and the most up-to-date developments in criminology, you’ll learn current trends in innovative fields like cybercrime, victimology, offender rehabilitation and desistance theory. You'll graduate with a holistic understanding of the criminal justice industry and will study courses from a range of disciplines including law, policing, applied criminology, psychology, and sociology.

By gaining insights into the roles and functions across the full spectrum of the criminal justice sector, you’ll develop a powerful skill set, and a broad knowledge base to tackle issues from different perspectives. The knowledge and skills you gain through this degree will open up diverse careers in security and the criminal justice sector at a time when the industry is experiencing steady job growth.

What you'll learn

This degree introduces you to a range of contemporary perspectives, approaches and issues in the criminology and criminal justice field. As a Criminal Justice student, you will:

  • develop a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system and study a mix of courses from different disciplines including social sciences and law;
  • explore topics covering policing, offender rehabilitation and desistance, youth justice, social research methods and crime, cybercrime, victimology, as well as gender and sexuality;
  • critically analyse crime prevention theories, techniques and crime reduction programs; and
  • learn to apply research methods to real industry problems.

You can tailor your degree to your interests and broaden your career prospects with the choice of electives. You can select four electives from any of the University of South Australia Online degrees.

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you - there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.

Your career

With the industry experiencing steady job growth, there are many diverse career opportunities available for criminal justice professionals. While many roles are found in government agencies, including law enforcement and intelligence as well as social welfare and correctional services, there are also opportunities to work in the private sector and with not-for-profit organisations.

If you have experience in social work, counselling, welfare support or law enforcement, this degree will complement your work experience, giving you a competitive edge to take the next step in your career.

A University of South Australia Online Criminal Justice degree can help you pursue the following careers:

  • Policy adviser
  • Strategic policy and planning manager
  • Intelligence and policy analyst
  • Correctional services officer
  • Child protection officer

Study options

Online/Distance (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$23,000.00 (12,45,937) per year
This fee refers to per 1.0 EFTSL
Start date

20 September 2021, 10 January 2022, 4 April 2022, 27 June 2022, 19 September 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

SAT (1600) - 1050.

For international students

Applicants are required to meet one of the following criteria with a competitive result:

Higher education study

Successfully completed equivalent to a minimum of half a year of full-time study of a higher education program at a recognised higher education provider OR

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Complete an award from a registered training organisation at Certificate IV or above OR

Recent secondary education

Completed a secondary education qualification equivalent to SACE, such as an interstate year 12 or international qualification

English language entry requirements

IELTS total [6.0] - IELTS reading [6.0], IELTS writing [6.0], IELTS speaking [6.0], IELTS listening [6.0].

TOEFL PBT - 550 with TWE of 4.5

TOEFL iBT - 60 with Reading and Writing not less than 18

Cambridge CAE/CPE - 169


Pearson PTE - 50 with Reading and Writing communicative scores not less than 50.