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A Criminal Justice Degree Designed for the Real World

Criminal justice professionals need a wide array of skills to protect the public and manage the complex issues facing our society. Capella’s online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice provides a competency-based approach that helps you gain the skills you need for success—skills like conflict resolution, ethics, multicultural communication, and more.

Capella has designed its criminal justice curriculum to fit your busy life and meet the changing needs of the criminal justice field and your community.

  • Develop skills employers seek through our ethics-centered, evidence-based approach
  • Enjoy greater flexibility with a program that is 100% online with 24/7 access
  • Learn from criminal justice faculty members with leadership backgrounds in the field
  • Gain deeper knowledge when you select a concentration in Law Enforcement Leadership, Emergency Management, or another business specialization.
  • Earn up to 51 credits for what you already know when you demonstrate knowledge gained through previous or ongoing coursework, experience, and training—such as Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

Unique Virtual Simulation with Real-World Results:

Our one-of-a-kind simulation tool, Riverbend City–Justice in Action, offers a controlled environment to explore careers in criminal justice and to encounter real-world challenges and outcomes safely. You’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate an ethical approach to navigating the complex situations that criminal justice professionals face every day.

Ready for a Career Change?

Criminal justice degrees are one of the most flexible and widely accepted degrees across all areas of employment. Enrollment in online criminal justice bachelor’s programs is growing at a rate of 13% per year, making this one of the fastest growing fields in online education (source:, “Online Education in 2015”). Having a criminal justice degree from Capella means you exhibit these highly sought-after skills:

  • In-depth understanding of community reaction to crimes based on historical data and current trends—giving you the ability to effect important and significant social change
  • Exceptional critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • Greater understanding of multicultural and community-based skills
  • In-demand leadership skills needed to change public perceptions of criminal justice professionals

Save Time and Money

Keep your costs down with a Capella scholarship that never has to be paid back. Current opportunities include a $5,000 Bachelor's Criminal Justice Achieve and Lead Scholarship.

You can also fast track your progress with our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process and earn credit when you demonstrate mastery of competencies gained through previous coursework, experience, and training— such as Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

The Support You Need to Succeed

At Capella, you’ll enjoy free access to our Career Center. Long after you graduate, our career counselors will provide advice, resources, and tools to keep your career moving forward.

Honoring Our Service Members

Capella supports our service members, veterans, and their spouses as they progress toward their education goals. We value your careers, are grateful for your military service, and appreciate your daily commitment.

Your service may entitle you to several education benefits—including tuition discounts of 10% for graduate degrees and 15% for bachelor’s degrees. Capella also supports the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. Our military support staff is experienced with Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits and can help you understand and take full advantage of these important financial resources.

Respected in the Field

We have over 500 partnerships with highly recognized institutions from around the United States including leading criminal justice organizations, such as the FBI National Academy, International Association of Emergency Managers, United States Secret Service, and National Sheriffs' Association. Tuition discounts from Capella-affiliated employers and organizations can make your degree more affordable, saving you thousands.

Gainful Employment & Learning and Career Outcomes

Investing in a college degree is no small thing. At Capella, we’re proud to share our learning and career outcomes—along with gainful employment results—so that you can make the most informed decisions about the programs that interest you.

Honor Societies

Capella is proud to claim membership in two specialized honor societies, Epsilon Pi Phi and Alpha Phi Sigma. Epsilon Pi Phi is for students in emergency management, homeland security, disaster research, criminal justice, and continuity management disciplines. Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students of criminal justice.

An In-Depth Look at Criminal Justice

See what’s changing in the field today and how a criminal justice degree from Capella can prepare you for a variety of career opportunities.

Expert Advice and Capella Testimonials

Capella criminal justice podcasts give you an inside look at this rapidly changing field.

  • Hear Capella faculty talk about the growing importance of higher education in the criminal justice field.
  • Get a first-hand account of how students and alumni have advanced their career with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Capella.