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Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

School of Public Service Leadership

Make Safety Your Business

You need a wide array of skills to keep communities safe as a criminal justice professional. Capella’s online Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice program provides a competency-based approach that helps you gain the skills to support your success—including conflict resolution, ethics, multicultural communication, and more. Whether you're just starting out or you've been in the field for years, Capella has designed its criminal justice curriculum to meet the changing needs of those working in law enforcement and corrections, including the probation, prison, and parole systems.

What to Expect

  • 100% Online
  • 10–13 General Education Courses
  • 11 Core Courses
  • 11–13 Elective Courses
  • 1 Capstone Course

Classes Start December 4th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admissions Requirements » | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo FALL17)

What You’ll Learn

Uphold Justice

Apply an ethics-centered, evidence-based analysis to complex situations encountered in this profession. 

Understand the Impact of Crime

Explain the cause and effect of crime in the broader context of interdisciplinary knowledge.

Solve Problems Professionally

Integrate theoretical, scientific, and practical methods to solve problems. 

Resolve Conflicts Peacefully

Demonstrate effective conflict resolution techniques for culturally diverse group interactions.

Lead Your Community

Assess the ethical, community-focused leadership skills required for successful criminal justice practitioners.

Communicate Professionally

Employ the professional communication skills expected of a criminal justice practitioner.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Credit for Prior Experience

Earn up to 51 credits for your previous coursework, experience, and training—like Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

Flexible Online Learning

Access your learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

Competency-Based Education

Gain the skills you need for success—conflict resolution, ethics, multicultural communication, and more.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$19,357$48,012*   MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$350 per 1000-2000 level credit $403 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Learn about Transfer Credits »

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process.

Learn about PLA »

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

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Learn through real-world simulations with RiverBend City: Justice in Action. This immersive media simulation tool gives you a safe environment to explore career options, sharpen decision-making skills, and build confidence in the way you react to complex situations.

Our faculty members are seasoned with real-world experience.  Learn from experts with various credentials and degrees, and who have worked in their respective fields for many years.  Several have worked in top federal, state, and county law enforcement agencies.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

The curriculum in our online Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice program includes coursework and a one-of-a-kind simulation tool to help you practice risk assessment and scenario planning in a safe, controlled environment.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
CJ3540 Criminal Procedure and Evidence
PSYC3130 Criminal Psychology and Behavior
CJ3250 Corrections, Probation and Parole
CJ3560 Multiagency Investigations
CJ3500 Police Administration and Leadership

Specialize Your Learning

Concentrations let you hone in on your specific area of interest that can get you even closer to your exact career goals. The concentrations you earn will be included on your transcript.

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Advisors

Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

What Can You Do with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice?

A large variety of careers are available to individuals interested in the field.  

Read the blog post »

The Growing Use of Technology in Criminal Justice

Technology has become a key factor in helping to solve crimes more efficiently and effectively.

Read the blog post »

5 Ways a Criminal Justice Degree is Important in Law Enforcement

Two Capella faculty chairs share five reasons why it’s becoming more important to have a degree.

Read the blog post »

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online bachelor’s in criminal justice degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Border patrol agent
  • Correctional officer
  • Customs agent
  • Detective
  • Drug enforcement administration agent
  • Emergency management coordinator
  • Investigator/Criminal investigator/Internal affairs investigator
  • Parole/probation officer
  • Police officer
  • Security manager
  • Transportation security officer
  • Victim services personnel

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Correctional facility or prison
  • Department of Corrections
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Probation and Parole
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Emergency management agency
  • Law enforcement and administration
  • Municipal court system
  • Private security firm
  • U.S. Department of Justice

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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