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Bachelor of Science

Criminal Justice

Program Details

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Est. Program Length
4 years
Cost Per Credit
Credit Hours
Transfer Credits Accepted

Program Overview

Justice and its advocates play an important role in making society a better place. Jessup’s online criminal justice bachelor’s degree will equip you with the critical skills needed to serve your local community as a law enforcement professional. Each course is taught with an emphasis on Christian values by former law enforcement professionals, who incorporate their experience and their faith to build a curriculum that is rich in servant leadership.

Our online B.S. in criminal justice provides you with a solid foundation in the principles crucial to local, state and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations. The program explores the three branches of U.S. government, as well as how criminal law policies are created and implemented and their related impact on society. In addition, the online degree examines areas such as:

  • Political theory and philosophy, including the writings by classic and modern thinkers that influence the development of modern political thought, structures and society
  • How the field of corrections plays a role in the criminal justice system, including institutional operations and treatment and rehabilitation
  • How the government responds to political violence, such as assassinations, genocide and terrorism
  • The biblical and ethical principles that provide the basis for understanding Christian policymaking
  • The roles that police play in American society, the conflicts they have to confront and the their tactics

The fully online program provides an introduction to criminal justice and law, political theory and philosophy and political processes.It additionally includes a public policy applied learning course that you will complete during your senior year in which you will acquire real-world experience. A capstone course requires you to complete a project that will contribute to the criminal justice field.


  • Effective March 1, 2021, active-duty law enforcement personnel may receive 16 units of credit (1 semester) for graduation from a recognized law enforcement academy.
  • Financial aid is available.

Courses and Requirements

Our online B.S. in criminal justice includes a total of 128 credit hours. The 16 criminal justice courses explore topics such as criminal law, forensics, criminology and political theory. In addition, you must also choose one concentration or nine credits hours of electives.


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Submit your application. Be sure to include a copy of your undergrad transcript confirming at least a 2.0 GPA, if you have one. Otherwise, submit a copy of your high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores. You will also need to submit a copy of the university form.

Tuition Rates & Transfer Credits
Item Credits Cost/Credit Hour Totals
Tuition 128 $500 $64,000
Maximum Transfer Credits 90 $500 $(45,000)
Total with transfer credits: † $19,000

The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at (844) 224-5483 or request more information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
† Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Financial Aid

Online students receive the same financial aid options as those attending classes on campus. Students receive a dedicated financial aid officer who will guide them through all of their available financial aid options. There are several grants, scholarships and loans available, and undergrad students are eligible for up to $12,500 per year in federal student loans.

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Undergrads also can receive up to $2,000 per year with the Church Partnership Grant, which is reserved for candidates who attend supporting churches. Additionally, California residents who are high school seniors or transferring from a community college may apply for the Cal Grant. The grant does not need to be repaid and is funded by the state of California.

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Prospective students who are transferring can complete their degree in two years with a full workload and 60 units transferred. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred per university policy, and credits may come from other regionally accredited institutions.

Students who have completed police officer academy training can transfer up to 12 credits to count toward general education or comparable Criminal Justice core courses. For POST-certified non-transferable credits, Jessup will accept one credit per every three credits completed. If the student has less than 12 credits of general education left to transfer in, credits will be applied to the core courses in the following order:

  1. PPOL 469: Violence and Terrorism
  2. PPOL 368: Forensics
  3. PPOL 364: Police and Society
  4. PPOL 366: Corrections
  5. PPOL 260: Intro to Criminal Justice
  6. PPOL 362: Criminology

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Jessup proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program to fully support our nation’s veterans. Veterans with 100-percent eligibility will have all of their tuition costs and most fees completely covered. Additionally, up to $2,500 per year may be awarded to those who qualify for the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship.

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Jessup is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), and is a member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

Career Outcomes

Why Choose Jessup?

  • Expert Faculty

    Learn from practitioners who have extensive experience in their field.

  • Real-World Experience

    Hands-on curriculum that offers opportunities for mentorships and job positions

  • Diverse Knowledge

    Versatile coursework that can be applied to a variety of careers post-graduation.

Benefits of Learning Online

Studying online rather than in the classroom has its perks as it provides a great opportunity for students who are too far away to get the education they deserve at an affordable price. Plus, the courses take half the time to complete compared to those on campus.

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