Bachelor of Criminal Justice

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate, Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time

  • Start date:

    January, April, July and September. Enquire now!

  • Awarded by:

    UniSA Online

  • Career Outcomes:

    Policy Analyst | Intelligence Analyst | Child Protection Officer | Policy Advisor | Strategic Policy and Planning Manager | View All

Course Rundown

Keen to help make the criminal justice system fairer and more effective? You’ll have the opportunity to do all that and more with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice from UniSA Online.

Their online degree is designed to prepare students for a range of important roles within the criminal justice system. The multidisciplinary degree offers a holistic understanding of the roles and functions of the industry drawing from disciplines such as: law, policing, applied criminology, psychology and sociology. Learn from engaging and cutting-edge content, including how to respond to crime and promote justice, the roles of agencies involved in the investigation of issues like cybercrime, counter-terrorism and more.

The criminal justice industry is experiencing steady growth, so there’s never been a better time to get onboard and be part of a field that is focussed on keeping our community and society safe.


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

Vocational Education Training (VET)

  • Completed an award from a recognised training organisation at Certificate IV or above

Work and life experience

  • Passed a UniSA Online literacy and numeracy test and have relevant work experience, or
  • Completed a UniSA Foundations Studies program or equivalent, or
  • Qualified for Special Entry

Recent secondary education

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

In order to complete your application, we will ask you to provide supporting documents as proof of your prior study or work experience.

What You’ll Learn

In this criminal justice degree, the subjects you may study include:

  • Critical Approaches to Online Learning 
  • Foundations of Law
  • Criminology and Public Policy 
  • Psychology Concepts 
  • Principles of Public Law 
  • The Social World 
  • Intercultural Communication 
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Policing Investigations and Intelligence
  • Corrections: Offender Rehabilitation and Desistance 
  • Youth Justice
  • Social Enquiry Methods
  • Sociology of Crime and Deviance
  • Crime, Gender and Sexuality
  • Cybercrime and Digital Evidence
  • Psychology of Investigations and Legal Processes 
  • Aboriginal Australians, Policing and the Criminal Justice System
  • Victimology
  • Crime Prevention
  • Human Services Workers and the Law 


  • Integrated Communication Planning
  • Social Analysis
  • Sociology of Gender and Intimacy 
  • Organisational Leadership
  • Managing Decision Making
  • International Management Ethics and Values
  • Strategic Management 
  • Young People in Transition 

Why study with UniSA Online?

With a background spanning more than 25 years in online education, you can trust that you'll be getting a high-quality university experience when you Study On Demand with UniSA Online. Considered a leader in the field, UniSA has transformed online learning and is one of Australia's largest online education providers (2017 Department of Education). Select a 100% online course that has been created by academics and experts in online learning, who are focused on giving you the best start on your chosen career path. With all course content and assessments available online, you can Study On Demand, on your terms, on your schedule.

Student Support

Studying with UniSA Online means you can Study On Demand. You'll gain around the clock personalised support to assist you on your learning journey. Technical issues? Nervous about a looming assessment? Gain on-demand access to their helpful and dedicated team.

Whether you need help with assignments, referencing, administrative or technical support, you’ll have on-demand access to the UniSA Online team who’ll be there to support you, every step of the way.

Students will have access to the UniSA Online ‘Study Help’ hub which is packed with loads of resources, workshops and support services. With online tutor support available seven days a week, you’ll be able to get help when you need it. If you’ve got a question related to your course, you can expect to receive a response in 24 hours. You’ll also be able to retrieve a range of resources through their virtual ‘Ask the Library’ service.

Gain full control over your study and gain a career focused qualification when you learn with UniSA Online!

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this degree, you will receive a Bachelor of Criminal Justice from UniSA Online. 

Strong employment growth is predicted over the coming years which means in this qualification in tow you'll have a vast range of career opportunities. You'll be able to apply your knowledge and skills in sectors such as law enforcement, social/community services, government agencies (local, state, not for profit or federal) and security and more.  

Curious about where a career in criminal justice could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay your course fees upfront.

HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.