Criminal Justice graduate Kevin Morang

GHC’s online bachelor’s in criminal justice ranked among the most affordable in the country

The website Best Universities recently ranked Georgia Highlands College (GHC) as having the third most affordable online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in the country. 

Professor of Criminal Justice Greg Sumner says the field of criminal justice is growing in Northwest Georgia, leading to rapid job placement – particularly for those with a bachelor’s degree. 

“Every recruiter who works in the field of criminal justice I’ve talked to recently is hiring,” Sumner said. “In addition, most tell me they prefer someone with a degree.” 

Sumner says what makes GHC’s criminal justice program unique is it is led by professors who have experience working in the field of criminal justice. Often, students who currently work in law enforcement will pursue a degree in criminal justice to advance their career.  

“In addition, our program is affordable, it’s online, all our courses are taught in 8-week sessions and there is a tremendous amount of support,” Sumner said. “We also have free student success coaches and tutoring.”  

Through the Georgia Police Academy, hosted at the GHC Floyd Campus, members of law enforcement who are POST certified are eligible for up to 41 hours of college credit for POST-approved courses, and POST-certified corrections officers are eligible for 30 hours for college credit for specific POST-approved courses. A list of approved courses is available here. 

The college recently established in-state tuition for the entire state of Alabama, making an online bachelor’s degree even more affordable. Visit the GHC Transfer Equivalency System to see how your institution’s credits will transfer to GHC.    

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