Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree in criminal justice

WVU Potomac State’s Criminal Justice, B.A.S. Degree Available Online This Fall

West Virginia University’s Potomac State College will offer its four-year, Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree in criminal justice (CJ) completely online beginning fall 2017. This degree is designed to provide students who have completed an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree the opportunity to continue their education to the baccalaureate level. Additionally, students with any college credits can request a personalized degree-completion plan. A Prior Learning Assessment may permit course credit for ongoing professional training and experience.

This is a convenient and flexible option for working professionals who would like to continue their education but find traditional college schedules not conducive to their employment and personal commitments.

“Depending on an individual’s desired pace, it’s possible for a student to complete the CJ B.A.S. degree in as quickly as 18 months,” explained CJ Professor Heidi Samuels. “The CJ-specific courses are designed in an eight-week accelerated format, while the other online courses span the entire semester.”

The online curriculum adheres to the same rigor as the College’s traditional B.A.S. degree requiring 60-credit hours. (In addition to the 60-credit hours required for an associate’s degree.) Upon graduation from this program, individuals can either pursue professional advancement or continue their education at the graduate level in related fields such as law, business administration, CJ, counseling, or social work.

Potomac State currently has articulation agreements with Allegany College of Maryland, in Cumberland, Md. and with the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, in Martinsburg, W.Va. These agreements allow graduates from the two-year CJ programs to seamlessly transfer into Potomac State’s CJ B.A.S. program -- traditional or online. Potomac State is the only college in West Virginia offering the CJ B.A.S. program.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “With increased concern about crime prevention and public safety driving demand for skilled professionals, it is expected that job openings within the field of criminal justice will continue to grow for at least the next decade.”

For further information, contact Enrollment Services at 800-262-7332 or 304-788-6820 or email  Or visit,