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Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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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 $435
  • Credit Hours 124

Program Benefits

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

Gain Hands-on Experiences to Address Crime

Build 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 and be prepared for roles in law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, or law to make a difference in vulnerable populations. Potential careers include probation officer, private investigator, and DEA special agent.

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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 individual career goals, you can gain the knowledge and skills you need to thrive in this field with an online criminal justice degree from Methodist University.

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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:

  • Demonstrate proficient knowledge of the causes of and responses to criminality.
  • Demonstrate research skills in conducting a research project in the capstone course.
  • Demonstrate the application of forensic science within the context of the investigative process.
  • Acquire the necessary skills in interpersonal communications, program and policy development, community organization, planning and research to function in a professional position in the field of criminal justice.


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 $435 per credit hour and includes 124 credit hours. If you or a family member are a veteran or active-duty service member, your education at Methodist University could be even more affordable. Visit our Military Support page.

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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 of MU’s 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 $53,940. You can review all tuition costs here.

*This is an estimate of the total tuition based on the current school year and is subject to change.

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 unofficial transcripts.

Methodist University requires the submission of a copy of all previous unofficial transcripts (High School and Colleges/Universities) for acceptance and admission. The initial review process allows unofficial transcripts to be utilized, which can lead to a provisional acceptance if admitted. *Official Transcripts will be required to remove the provisional status and receive full acceptance. Please reach out to your Enrollment Counselor to discuss our Transcript Ordering Service which can obtain transcript records on your behalf

You can learn more about our admission requirements here.

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