Students who opt to obtain a criminal justice degree online often cite convenience as one of the most important benefits of this type of program. Although the course requirements for online degree programs are typically just as stringent as the requirements for traditional programs, there is often a great deal of flexibility incorporated into the program which enables the student to work around his own schedule to attend lectures and complete coursework.
Students who are interested in this degree of flexibility should take care to carefully evaluate the program requirements before enrolling in an online criminal justice program to ensure they will have the flexibility they need to complete their degree requirements. This is significant because some online degree programs require participation in live lecture sessions. This requirement limits the amount of flexibility in the program and can make it more difficult for a student to complete these requirements while working a full time job and dealing with other concerns.