Criminal Justice

Bachelor's Degree

Online Program

Next Start Dates
July 06, 2021
August 11, 2021
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June 30, 2021
August 08, 2021

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You can get transfer credits reviewed in one business day (on average) and transfer your credits to save time and money. Take advantage of our online Criminal Justice degree Bachelor Completer entrance pathway to save time and money by transferring in your Associate's degree or conferred credits.

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What Does This Degree Prepare You For?

With your Criminal Justice Bachelor’s degree, you can pursue work throughout the justice and corrections systems—which means a wide variety of paths are open to you. Common career paths for graduates with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice include:

  • Crime victims advocate
  • Security manager
  • Corporate security supervisor

Why Pursue a Career in Criminal Justice at Rasmussen University?

We’re here to help you protect and serve your community at a higher level.

  • Your ability to balance work and life while you learn and advance—that’s what our online courses and support teams are built for.
  • You’ll work with instructors who bring years of criminal justice experience and are committed to your success.
  • This program was designed and reviewed by industry experts with experience at organizations such as the FBI, DEA, United States Secret Services and Homeland Security.5

The Criminal Justice program is not designed to meet the educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in any states. This program has not been approved by any state professional licensing body and does not lead to any state-issued professional license.2

What Do Courses Look Like?

You’ll learn through live interactive sessions with faculty and peers, authentic assessments of what you know, and real-world projects like analyzing a real interrogation video.

  • Cultural Diversity and Justice

    • Examines the true picture and statistics of minority representation at every point in the criminal justice process, from point of contact with the police to incarceration and the death penalty.
    • Includes a comprehensive examination of unbiased racial and ethnic theories, and research and practice of behavior and victimization affecting the criminal justice system.

  • Values-Based Leadership in Criminal Justice

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

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Criminal Justice

    • Examine unique responses from the perspective of law enforcement and the courts, as well as corrections as the importance of collaboration and multi-disciplinary approaches is studied.
    • Analyze emerging trends and challenges to addressing mental health and substance abuse issues in the criminal justice system.

What Skills Will I Gain?

  • Serve with integrity

    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.

  • Understand crime and its impacts

    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.

  • Apply best practices

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

  • Know the impact of mental health and substance abuse

    Evaluate and analyze the intersection of mental health and substance abuse and how together they impact the criminal justice system.

Online by Design

Rasmussen University courses are fully online and rich in interactive learning—to give you more control and balance in your life. Plus, we offer support on the ground at 23 campuses.

Speed and Cost Savings

Earn your Bachelor’s in as few as 18 months when transferring in your Associate's degree or previous college credits. Self-directed assessments can save even more time and money.

Plus, transferable skills that take you farther.

Along with gaining justice-related expertise, you’ll grow in critical thinking, digital fluency, information literacy, communication, diversity and teamwork, and ethics and professional responsibility.

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Not sure what you can do with a Criminal Justice degree? The field goes further than roles as a police officer and we’ve done the research to compile the wide variety of careers available to those with the right education.

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"Students have the opportunity to learn from professionals in the field, who bring their work experiences to the classroom."

Rose Du Houx Pogatshnik
School of Justice Studies Faculty and Law Enforcement Program Chair

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Credit by Assessment

At $99 per attempt, taking advantage of what you already know allows for optimal program savings— over $7,000 in this program.4

Transfer Credits

No matter your education background, you can transfer your conferred Associate’s degree or 91 credits to finish your Bachelor’s in as few as 18 months.

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You really don’t need to go very far to learn. Do it at your pace, where you work best.

Help Paying for College

An admissions advisor can help you go over options including military and corporate discounts, loans and grants, and scholarship opportunities.

Affordable Education

Tuition & Savings

Do the Math:

Courses are delivered in 5.5-week terms and full-time students can finish in as few as 18 months for as low as $27,910.

$260 cost per full-time credit
x 90 total credits
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$23,400 total full-time tuition
+ $4,510 total fees
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$27,910 full-time estimated total program cost

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Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how our online Criminal Justice program is designed to be more affordable with Flex Choice, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, and corporate and military discounts for those who qualify. Find more about:

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Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements at Rasmussen University vary depending on the program. We do not require enrolling students to submit standardized test scores; however, every entrant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. To be considered for admission to the Bachelor-Completor Entrance Option, 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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  1. 2019 Rasmussen University Credit Transfer Data, collected December 17, 2019.
  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. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  4. Savings calculated from students enrolled at Rasmussen University who utilized Flex Choice® Credit by Assessment, which were offered for no additional charge when taken concurrently with traditional courses from May 2014 to January 2018. When completed, assessments reduced the number of traditional courses students were required to complete as part of their program. From the launch of Flex Choice Credit by Assessment in May 2014 through January 2018, 8,297 courses have been completed. Calculation: 8,297 courses x 3.2 credits per course = 26,550 credits. Cost per credit $250 x 26,550 credits = $6,637,500 in savings in the last four years. Since January 2017, we’ve been charging $99 per attempt 10,280 attempts since January 2017 x $99 = $1,017,720 in revenue. $6,637,500 savings - $1,017,720 revenue = $5,619,780 saved.
  5. 2019 Criminal Justice Associate's and Bachelor's Degrees Curriculum Summit included industry experts from various organizations who designed and reviewed the curriculum, collected February, 2020.
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