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Bachelor’s Degrees in Public Service

A Degree for the Public Good

Protect the public. Whether your interests are in law enforcement, probation, or corrections, Capella’s online bachelor’s program in criminal justice helps you develop skills to address complex issues.


BS in Criminal Justice

Use an ethics-centered, evidence-based approach to understand complex criminal justice situations, and focus on conflict resolution, leadership, and multicultural communication.

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree. Learn more about Capella’s learning outcomes.

Why Choose Capella?

At Capella, you’ll learn from experienced faculty in a convenient online program to develop the real-world skills needed for success in the criminal justice field.

Real-World Simulations

Engage in RiverBend City: Justice in Action, an immersive media simulation to practice skills in a risk-free setting. 

Immediately Applicable Education

Capella's competency-based approach helps you gain knowledge you can use right away on the job. 

Experienced Faculty

Learn from experts who have worked in their fields for an average of 15+ years, many in top law enforcement agencies.

Credit for Prior Experience

Demonstrate knowledge in our Prior Learning Assessment to earn up to 51 credits. 

Flexible Online Learning

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

Military Support

Your military service may entitle you to several education benefits, including a 15% tuition discount.

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.

The Growing Use of Technology in Criminal Justice

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

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.

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