Lackawanna College Announces New Bachelors Degree


Just eight weeks after announcing the first bachelor’s degree to be offered in its 122-year history, Lackawanna College announced today that it will also offer a bachelor’s degree program in Criminal Justice beginning in the Fall 2017 semester. The College’s plan was approved by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education on Aug. 29, 2016.

Currently, enrollment in Lackawanna’s two associate degree programs in Criminal Justice comprises nearly 20 percent of its overall enrollment, making it a program ideal for expansion. Additionally, the College has been certified by the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission to operate a Police Academy since 1977. It continues to be the only private college in northeastern Pennsylvania authorized to provide ACT 120 training, and cadets often complete their associate degree requirements after graduating from the Academy.

Upon announcing its first-ever bachelor’s degree in Business earlier this year, the College immediately began to receive inquiries from current students and alumni about when it would consider adding a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. In a given year, more than 50 percent of students graduating with an associate degree in Criminal Justice indicate their intention to pursue a bachelor’s degree in their field. Students who continue their education at Lackawanna can do so without the geographic and financial barriers that often prevent them from achieving that goal.

With tuition under $15,000 per year for at least the next three years, Lackawanna has positioned its bachelor’s degree programs as the most affordable regional options.  Students will have the opportunity to take part in accelerated programs and graduate in just 3 years by utilizing summer and intersession classes which feature reduced tuition rates.

Lackawanna College remains committed to offering traditional associate degrees in programs ranging from Communication Arts and Early Childhood Education to specialty programs like Physical Therapist Assistant and the technology-related majors offered at the School of Petroleum & Natural Gas. Most degree programs will remain at the associate level, and the College is committed to continuing its strong relationships with other educational institutions that accept its associate degree graduates. The College will remain a primarily open-enrollment institution; however, new admissions criteria will be applied to aspiring bachelor’s degree applicants. Potential applicants who do not meet admissions criteria will be welcomed into associate degree programs with the option to transfer into the bachelor’s degree program.

Additionally, current students or recent graduates in the College’s existing Criminal Justice programs can easily transfer into the bachelor’s degree path should they desire to continue their studies at Lackawanna.

Prospective students wishing to obtain more information should contact the Admissions Office at (570) 961-7814 or by visiting