Students wishing to continue with their education beyond CPCC have a variety of educational options. In the Charlotte, NC area, several universities offer Bachelors and Masters degree in Criminal Justice and related fields. Students who have earned a AAS Degree in Criminal Justice from Central Piedmont Community College can often be admitted to four year programs as Junior and/or receive credit for courses taken at CPCC.
- The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). UNCC offers both a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice.
- Pfeiffer University. Pfeiffer University offers a major in criminal justice, as well as a graduate programs designed for police managers and leaders.
- Queens University. Queens University offers both day and evening programs for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
- Johnson C. Smith University. JC Smith University is a leading independent liberal arts colleges and is consistently ranked as one of the best comprehensive colleges in the South. They offer a BA in criminology and it is now available through their transforming continuing education program, the Metropolitan College.
- Garden-Webb University. Gardener Webb now offers a Degree Completion program for criminal justice students. The program is designed for working adults and is housed in Charlotte. It allows students with an Associates Degree to earn a Bachelors degree in as little as two years.
- Appalachian State University. Located in Boone, NC, ASU offers Undergraduate Programs in Political Science and Criminal Justice and Graduate Programs in Political Science, Public Administration, and Social Sciences.
- Western Carolina University. Western Carolina University offers a traditional Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice as well, an on line program designed for law enforcement officers who have completed a two-year A.A. or A.S. degree. The WCU's CJ On line Program allows students to complete a Bachelors program through part-time study. Internet delivery allows for access anywhere, anytime by the busy student.
- North Carolina State University. NC State now offers Leadership in the Public Sector (LPS), a distance education degree completion program designed to focus on leadership in non-market environments (such as local, state, and federal government organizations, and non-profit institutions). The program is designed for potential leaders in public service and combine elements of public administration, political science, history and philosophy. It is available completely on line.
- Fayetteville State University. The FSU's Department of Criminal Justice has a cooperative dual-enrollment agreement with a number of North Carolina community colleges, which completely integrates the associate's degree program and the bachelor of science degree program in criminal justice, allowing for the seamless transfer of credit so that your entire four-year degree may be earned online and without duplication or waste.
- East Carolina University. The Department of Criminal Justice offers the bachelor of science in criminal justice, minor in criminal justice, minor in forensic science, master of science in criminal justice, graduate certificate in security studies, and graduate certificate in substance abuse.
- Belmont Abbey College. In addition to their traditional criminal justice and security studies program, Belmont Abbey also offers an Adult Degree Program (ADP) designed for adults who need to attend college in a manner other than a traditional day school program.
- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Beginning in Fall 2010, UT at Chattanooga has a new on-line degree program in criminal justice, specifically designed for individuals who have completed a two year degree (or equivalent) and would like to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice.
- Lees McRae College. Beginning January 2014, Lees McRae College offers a BAAS in Criminal Justice that builds upon the associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. The program is designed for working, adult learners and available totally online. Since the program builds on the associate’s degree, prerequisites are not necessary and students who need additional general education courses can take them after entering the program. This 51 credit hour program can be completed in two years.