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Criminal Justice

Bachelor's Degree

Next start date

January 02, 2019

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning options

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Flex Choice®

If you’re driven to a leadership position and passionate about helping your community through our criminal justice system, our online Bachelor’s degree-completion program in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management is a great path for you. This online Criminal Justice program is focused on the theory and practical application of criminal law enforcement, procedures and research methods, and enhancing your leadership, supervision and management skills to help you advance your career in the criminal justice profession.2 This online Criminal Justice degree is available with Flex Choice®, which allows you to combine traditional online coursework and self-directed assessments—a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know.

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  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. The Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Bachelor’s degree and Criminal Justice Associate’s degree programs have not been approved by any state professional licensing body, and the programs do not lead to any state-issued professional license. For further information on professional licensing requirements, please contact the appropriate board or agency in your state of residence. Additional education, training, experience, and/or other eligibility criteria may apply.

    In Minnesota, the Criminal Justice Associate’s degree program does not meet the standards established by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board for persons who seek employment as a peace officer.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary.

After this credential

What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Make a Positive Impact

Our Criminal Justice program gives you the knowledge and skills you need to make a positive impact on your local community.

Help Advance Your Career

Our graduates feel confident advancing their careers in criminal justice and creating value across their organization by contributing to a diverse team.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2016 and 2026 for first-line supervisors of police and detectives is 7%.2

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Skills

What Skills Will I Gain?

Values-Based Leadership in Criminal Justice

Understand and appropriately act based on your knowledge of ethical challenges, the use of power, the discretion and responsibility to act and the role of personal character in service professions.

Cultural Diversity and Justice Comprehension

Recognize and address criminal behavior, crime prevention, complex ethical situations, criminal theories, relationships with diverse populations and the behavior and victimization affecting the criminal justice system.

Criminal Justice Procedures Knowledge

Apply an advanced knowledge of the criminal justice field and an understanding of the theory and practice of criminal justice procedures and research methods.

Effective Management

Operate effectively within a continually changing environment. Value written and verbal communication, problem-solving, diversity awareness and the need to incorporate advanced skills in meaningful ways.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

    Constitutional Law

    • CJL 3297
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Challenges students to examine the complexities of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, as well as the application of those rights to the criminal justice system. The analysis of case studies allows students to apply criminal law and procedure to fieldwork examination of criminal justice issues.

    Values-Based Leadership in Criminal Justice

    • CCJ 4015
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Addresses unique ethical challenges that leaders in criminal justice may confront. Discusses delegation and abandonment of duties, use of power, discretion and responsibility to act and the role of personal character.

    Contemporary Leadership Challenges

    • MAN 4143
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Examines current issues within the management field and actively engages in research and presentations. Exposes students to a current topic in the field, and teaches students to become an active and effective member of a professional learning community.

22 Courses to Complete

90 Credit Hours

Enrollment

What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Entrance Requirements

To be considered for admission, students must hold a conferred Associate’s degree from an accredited institution as recognized by the Department of Education, or students must have successfully completed 90 quarter or 60 semester credits with a grade of C or higher.

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Transfer Student

We believe in giving credit where it’s due. Talk to a program manager today or explore our Transfer Policy page to review our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.

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Help Paying for College

Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to a program manager and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts.

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Class Locations

Where Will I Take These Classes?

At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available for your schedule; not the other way around. Many of our programs are available on campus or online. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources.

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