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Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Program Overview

Start or Advance Your Career in One of Many Fields

Achieve your career goals in law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, or law while preparing to make a difference in the lives of people who are most vulnerable.

Achieve your career goals in law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, or law while preparing to make a difference in the lives of people who are most vulnerable.

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A Proven Track Record of Success

Faculty members in the criminal justice program are an ideal mix of pure academics and seasoned practitioners who are well-connected with local, state, and federal agencies — and it shows.

Methodist University alumni include professionals at the Secret Service, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Whether you’re looking at roles like police officer, corrections officer, security and loss protection roles, FBI agent, or want to continue to graduate school, you can get the start you need in this online criminal justice program.

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 a 100% online criminal justice degree from Methodist University.

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Curriculum: The Foundation You Need

Take a holistic view of behavior, conditions, and circumstances that produce crime. 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 also gain necessary skills in interpersonal communications, program and policy development, community organization, 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:

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.

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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 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

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The online BS in Criminal Justice requires an average of 3.5 years to complete for full-time students.

The BS in Criminal Justice program is available both part-time and full-time.

This 124-semester hour program costs $400 per semester hour for an estimated total tuition of $49,600, not including fees or other costs you may incur.

Learn more at the BS in Criminal Justice tuition page.

This program does not require work experience.

To apply to the online BS in Criminal Justice, freshmen applicants should have a high school GPA of 3.0 or better, a 980 or higher on the New SAT (19 or better on the ACT), and a strong college preparatory curriculum. (Students below those levels will be considered on an individual basis, and every student is encouraged to apply.) Official transcripts from previous educational institutions, if applicable, are also required.

See the online BS in Criminal Justice admission requirements page for more details.

The online BS in Criminal Justice consists of 124 semester hours, with 54 semester hours in the major, including required foundational courses (9 semester hours), required major courses (33 semester hours), and electives (12 semester hours).

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