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Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Earn an Accredited Criminal Justice Degree Online

SACSCOC Accredited

Generous Transfer Pathway

Affordable Tuition

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  • Duration 3.5 years
  • Cost per Credit $400
  • Credit Hours 124

Program Benefits

  • Small student-to-teacher ratio
  • Prep for law enforcement roles
  • Learn from seasoned field practitioners
  • Eight-week sessions

Gain Hands-on Experiences to Address Crime

Get a holistic view of behaviors, conditions, and circumstances that result in crime. Methodist University’s Online Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice degree helps you closely examine crime, criminality, and the criminal justice system from a social science perspective.

Your coursework includes hands-on experiential learning in a 10-week, supervised practicum at a criminal justice agency. You’ll take direction from faculty and an on-site supervisor during engaging field experiences, and you’ll also participate in a weekly seminar through an internship course.

Upon graduation, you’ll have completed 120 hours of fieldwork, prepared for roles in law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, or law to make a difference in vulnerable populations. Careers include probation officer, private investigator, or DEA special agent.

Career Outlook: Thrive in Your Chosen Field

There are multiple fields within criminal justice — such as law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, and law — with several career tracks within each area. Regardless of your specific career goals, you can get the knowledge and skills you need to thrive in this field with an online criminal justice degree from Methodist University.

Careers and Salaries

Curriculum: The Foundation You Need

The online criminal justice degree examines crime and the criminal justice system from a social science perspective, providing you with a wide knowledge base and comprehensive understanding of criminological theory. You’ll gain skills in interpersonal communications, program and policy development, and planning and research to excel in the criminal justice field.

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Program Outcomes

In the online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, you’ll:


Enhance your degree by adding one of three available 100% online minors — Accounting, Business Administration, and Marketing. Our minors are structured to help you advance in the career path you want most and impress potential employers with your dedication to learning.

To learn more about our minors and how you can add one to your degree, visit our minors webpage. You can also request more information about a minor or contact an enrollment counselor directly at 910.212.4956.

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Admissions Requirements

To apply for the online criminal justice degree from Methodist University, you’ll need:

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Tuition Details

The online criminal justice degree costs $400 per semester hour and has 124 semester hours. Learn more about the affordability of your education at Methodist University. If you or a family member are a veteran or active-duty service member, visit our Military Support page.

Tuition and Fees

Why Study Online?

Enjoy an online learning environment that offers the same quality as in-person courses, including dedicated faculty members and an overall caring, friendly atmosphere for achieving your professional and personal goals.

You’ll also have access to all academic support services. That means you’ll get personalized assistance you need, such as access to the tutoring and writing centers. Experience a distinctive education in a flexible environment that fits your schedule.

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Financial Aid

You can earn a high-quality education from a private institution without worrying about the cost. As a Yellow Ribbon school and a university where 97% of students qualify for financial aid, Methodist is committed to affordability.

Learn more about federal student loans and grants, military benefits, and scholarship opportunities. We’re proud to make your goals as affordable as possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have other questions not answered here? Request more information or call 910-212-4956.

You can complete the program in just 3.5 years. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

You’ll need to complete 124 credits for a total tuition of $49,600. You can review all tuition costs here.

You can transfer up to 93 credits into this program. Learn more about our transfer policy here.

A variety of scholarships are available for Methodist University’s online programs. Learn more about scholarships here.

To apply to this program, you’ll need a completed online application, high school diploma or GED, and official transcripts. You can learn more about our admission requirements here.

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