Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The criminal justice sector offers a wide range of opportunities for students who want to contribute to their community. Options like law enforcement operations, community policing, and security management all serve society. The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) degree program is designed for criminal justice professionals seeking to begin or continue a career in the law enforcement, corrections, or judicial fields. The program emphasizes the development of communication and professional skills, and technical knowledge that will help students prepare for leadership roles within the criminal justice community.

To help students prepare for the diverse needs of the criminal justice system, the core BSCJ curriculum provides a broad foundation in the areas of corrections, administration of justice, criminological theory, law adjudication, and law enforcement. In addition to a general Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree, students may focus their study by choosing one of four areas of concentration, including cybercrime, forensic investigation, homeland security, and human services. CTU’s online bachelor degree programs were recognized among the best online programs by U.S News & World Report in 2017*.

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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    Dependent on concentration
  • Program Availability

    Online | Denver | Colorado Springs

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  • Program Outline

    The Foundation of CTU's Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice Degree

    The number of quarter credits needed to complete the overall bachelor's degree can vary based on the concentration selected by the student. At CTU, core classes comprise 56 quarter credits and include:

    • Criminal Law
    • Criminal Procedures
    • Juvenile Delinquency
    • Laws of Evidence
    • Criminology

    Of course, many people may wonder what 'criminology' actually is and how it differs from other components within the criminal justice system. Criminology looks at the motivations behind crime, significant offense areas, and related statistics and trends.

    In addition to the 56 quarter credits needed in the core criminal justice classes, students take another 66 quarter credits in general education. These courses help provide students with a well-rounded education they may use to prepare to enter the workforce. The general education classes in the criminal justice program at CTU include, but are not limited to, Introductory Psychology, Algebra for Business, and Speech Communications.

    Concentrations for the Criminal Justice Degree

    The 122 combined quarter credits in the general and core education classes are just the building blocks of CTU's criminal justice degree. Within the criminal justice area of study, students then have the opportunity to choose one of four concentrations, including:

    • Cybercrime and Security
    • Forensic Investigation
    • Homeland Security and Emergency Management
    • Human Services

    Pursuing a concentration allows students to explore niche skills on top of their general understanding of criminal justice procedures and law enforcement. While the concentration area requires completion of 60 quarter-credit hours, approximately 20 hours of these are in required coursework while the remaining 40 are chosen from elective options. (Please note that not all electives may be available at both campuses or online.)

    Finally, an internship or capstone project is required as part of the concentration area. The internship allows students to study skills in the field under the supervision of a professional while the capstone project enables students to demonstrate skills and knowledge gained throughout the program. When students have completed their campus-based or online criminal justice degree at CTU, they should be equipped to:

    • Possess the knowledge and skills to help seek employment in the criminal justice field
    • Identify the diverse needs of the criminal justice system and the public it serves
    • Apply communication, professional skills and technical knowledge in the criminal justice field
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    Courses for this degree are dependent upon the concentration chosen.

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  • Tuition


    Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

    View our tuition resources page for links to information on our civilian and military student tuition, books and fees.

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    Ways to Save

    Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:

    Students in CTU bachelor's degree programs may bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. CTU Fast Track™ lets students earn college credit for what they already know. As a result, students can complete their degree up to 30% faster. Just as important, by passing multiple Fast Track exams, students can save up to 30% on tuition because they won’t have to pay for the classes they test out of. There’s no additional cost for the exams and no penalty if a student fails to pass.*

    Take a look at the list of current Fast Track courses and see how many courses you may be able to earn credit for.

    *The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track™ tests successfully passed. Fast Track™ program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible subject to change.

  • Outcomes

    No matter what job prospects students are interested in, occupations that could be available to criminal justice graduates include:2

    • Compliance Manager
    • Laboratory Manager
    • Program Manager
    • Project Administrator or Lead
    • Security Manager

    Of course a degree never guarantees a job, but an education can be essential to compete in the field.

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1Availability is dependent on concentration selected.

2; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.