Online diploma programs in loss prevention aren't common, but those interested in this area may take courses in the field as part of a broader program in criminal justice. These programs are offered at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate levels. It is also possible to earn a diploma in criminal justice.
Degree programs in criminal justice are often available totally online and allow students to see lectures, complete assignments and interact with peers or instructors within a virtual classroom. Undergraduate programs are usually designed for students who are seeking to enter the criminal justice field or those already employed but looking to advance their skills and careers. Bachelor's degree programs could also provide a foundation for those who want to study criminal justice at the graduate level. Admission requirements vary, but some schools could require those applying to an online bachelor's program to already have a certain number of undergraduate credits.
The list below highlights a few schools that offer online criminal justice programs.
Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, offers an online Associate of Science (A.S.) degree program in criminal justice. The curriculum consists of both criminal justice and general education coursework. Students are introduced to a variety of topics, including youth and crime, risk analysis and ethics in criminal justice. Course materials are received and completed electronically and students have the opportunity to engage in interaction with students and faculty through e-mail and online chat rooms. Online coursework includes the following:
- Introduction to Corrections
- Criminal procedures
Penn State University
Penn State University's World Campus offers an online Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. The program is designed for students who are new to the field or protective services professionals who would like to further their knowledge of the field. Candidates complete all courses online and explore topics that include policing in America and criminology. Although the program is not specifically a loss prevention program, certain classes in the curriculum deal directly with the subject. Some of the courses in the degree program are as follows:
- Introduction to criminal justice
- Security administration
- Ethics in criminal justice
- Corrections in America
The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Philadelphia's Drexel University allows students the opportunity to examine a number of related subjects, such as environmental crimes and domestic violence. Students must also complete general education courses, including mathematical analysis, psychology and science. Areas of specialization -- including crime and procedures, cybercrime and forensics -- are available. Some of the program's online course offerings include:
- Justice theories
- Criminal investigation methods
- Surveillance and technology
- Intercultural communications and behavior
There are schools across the country that offer distance programs in criminal justice that cover loss prevention. For students looking to earn an undergraduate degree, Indiana Wesleyan, Penn State and Drexel University all offer online courses.