Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Concentration in Criminology (Online Degree Completion)

Millersville’s online B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology program prepares students to understand how the criminal justice system operates and to undertake specific training and preparation for a variety of career paths.

The mission of the Millersville University Sociology department is to provide students with the ability to understand human behavior in the context of social, historical, cultural, political and environmental

With the criminology option, students develop the knowledge and skills to comprehend our vast social world, individuals, and systems. Students apply their knowledge and skills to become professionals helping others in the courts, policing, corrections, probation, parole and citizen reentry fields.

*Please note, the online Criminology program is typically completed part-time

program benefits and outcomes

  • 100% online courses
  • Year-round classes available
  • Program start dates in spring and fall
  • Flexibility to work while earning a degree

By completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Have a greater ability to de-escalate situations because of a broad understanding of social behaviors and advanced evaluative skills.
  • Heighten knowledge and insights of social structures so students can lead problem-solving efforts to improve programs and systems.
  • Gain highly marketable data-analysis skills necessary for program evaluation, effective policing and goal assessment.
  • Effectively communicate with others to guide them through available options, programs and services.
  • Position yourself for careers or advancement to help and support others who are in the criminal justice system.

Career opportunities

There are a variety of professions that people earning a degree in criminology frequently enter in order to make a positive impact in various communities and demographics.

Although specific job requirements may vary, all require the following: good oral and written communication skills, the ability to collect and analyze information, excellent organizational skills, as well as honesty and integrity.

These are just some of the potential careers for our Criminology graduates:

  • Policing/community policing
  • Reentry services specialist
  • Probation officers
  • Parole agents
  • Youth advocates or juvenile delinquency
  • Investigator
  • Private security
  • FBI agent
  • Administrators in crime-prevention agencies
  • Correctional case managers
  • Treatment court officers
  • Admissions, Pre-Requisites, and Program Requirements

    admissions requirements

    To apply for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

    • A completed Associate's degree OR at least 60 transferable college credits
    • A 2.0 or higher GPA
    • Completion of the SOCY 101, SOCY 230, and MATH 130 (see pre-requisites below for more information)

    You must also submit the following:

    • A completed online application 
    • An official transcript from ALL previous institutions of higher education attended

    *Early acceptance is also offered for students in their final semester of an Associate's program*

    program pre-requisites

    Completion of the below prerequisite courses is required before beginning the program:

    • SOCY 101 – Intro to Sociology (C or higher final grade)
    • SOCY 230 – Criminology (C or higher final grade)
    • MATH 130 – Statistics (C- or higher final grade)

    program Major Requirements

    The online Criminology program is a 120-credit degree-completion program (including transferred credits). 

    Required Major Courses (34 credits):
    • SOCY 211 Social Problems
    • SOCY 301 Craft of Sociology
    • SOCY 302 Social Statistics
    • SOCY 303 Sociological Theory
    • SOCY 305 Social Research Methods
    • SOCY 331 Policing and the Courts
    • SOCY 332 Modern Corrections
    • SOCY 335 Ethics in Criminal Justice
    • SOWK 313 Family Violence
    • SOWK 350 Encounters in Human Diversity
    • PSYC 318 Psychology of Racism
    Program Electives (6 credits):
    • SOCY 318 Sociology of Disaster or other SOCY elective
    • SOCY 338 Sociology of Deviance or other SOCY elective

    *Additional general education or elective courses may be required depending on transfer credits.

    *After applying, a transfer evaluation will be conducted to identify how many general education credits you will need to take to fulfill degree requirements

  • Online Application And Acceptance Process



    • To apply for admission to the Criminology Online Program, please complete our quick and easy application!



    • Electronic Transcripts-
      • Send electronic official transcripts directly from the school to our office at
      • Electronic transcripts are typically the fastest way to submit transcripts.
    • Mailed Transcripts-
      • Have mailed official transcripts sent directly to our office:
        • Office of Online Programs
          Millersville University
          Lyle Hall, Room 208
          P.O. Box 1002
          Millersville, PA 17551

    **Transcripts must be sealed, official copies sent directly from the university or college to our office.  Any opened transcripts (electronic or mailed) are considered unofficial copies**

    Millersville University’s Online Programs offer rolling admissions and applications are reviewed for acceptance as they become complete.


    Once all application documents are received, an official admissions decision will be made and a transfer credit evaluation will be completed. If accepted into the program, a packet will be mailed with further admissions information.

    To confirm acceptance and secure a spot in the program, the admissions response form and a $150 acceptance deposit must be submitted either electronically or by mail.

    Confirm Electronically:

    Confirm By Mail:

    • Deposit checks and money orders must be made out to "Millersville University" and mailed to our office address:
      • Office of Online Programs
        Millersville University
        Lyle Hall, Room 208
        O. Box 1002
        Millersville, PA 17551
  • Online Criminology Cohort Start Dates

    The online Criminology program has cohorts starting every August and January.

    Cohort Start Date
    Fall 2021 Cohort August 23, 2021
    Spring 2022 Cohort January 17, 2022



    Visit the FAQ's page for the online Criminology program for more information on our frequently asked questions!

    Please also visit our Online Student Support Resources page for more information and additional resources available to online students!

  • Online Application and Admissions Support

    Our Online Programs Admissions Counselor will work with students from the point of interest until confirming their acceptance to help answer questions, provide transcript updates, complete transcript evaluations, announce admission decisions and assist with confirming enrollment.

    Our Online Programs Student Support Specialists will then continue to assist online students throughout the entirety of the program to assist with any and all non-advisement questions.

    Contact our office at (717)871-7200 or for any assistance!

  • Additional Resources
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    • Tuition & Fees for Undergraduate Students
      • Check this document for exact tuition & fees for undergraduates; this includes costs for both fully online & face-to-face students, as well as in-state & out-of-state.
    • Online Programs Student Forms
      • Visit this page for a complete list of student forms used by the Office of Online Programs, such as Change of Delivery (COD) forms and Admission Response forms.