Walden University’s B.S. in Criminal Justice program is designed to help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to prepare for a career in law enforcement, the justice system, corrections, homeland security, and social services—and to change your world and the world of those around you.

The program blends contemporary theory on the nature, extent, and cause of crime with the study of national and international criminal justice practices. Your learning is supported through coursework and a final capstone project.

Plus, in this online criminal justice degree program, you will use the latest interactive media, including lifelike, computer-generated scenarios from crime scenes.

You will also apply criminal justice theories to current issues as you gain perspective in these vitally important areas:

  • Civic engagement, social responsibility, and global awareness
  • Collection and analysis of data across organizations
  • Teamwork and communication

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Walden’s B.S. in Criminal Justice program offers a variety of concentrations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.

You also have the option to pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

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Computer Information Systems and Security

Today’s criminals often leave a digital trail; meanwhile, law enforcement agencies must protect confidential information as well as extract key data involved in crimes.

This concentration will help you:

  • Understand the technology infrastructure that underlies information systems.
  • Gain access to key Internet services and applications.
  • Learn to prevent information security network attacks.

In addition, you will:

  • Explore basic approaches to computer forensics.
  • Analyze information systems for evidence of illegal or inappropriate activities.
  • Consider the legal, ethical, and policy implications of forensic techniques.

Gain the skills you need for a position as a computer and cybercrime professional in government, corporate information security departments, law enforcement agencies, and law firms.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (60 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary 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 1-866-492-5336.

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*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose 12 courses from general education, B.S. in Criminal Justice, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 60 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

Crime and Criminals

As crime continues to plague large cities and small communities throughout the world, the need for criminal investigators continues to grow.

In this concentration, you will study criminal theories and behavior, and you will discover the proper way to conduct a criminal investigation. Areas of study include:

  • Assessing a crime scene
  • Handling witnesses, suspects, and informants
  • Administering surveillance techniques

The world of drugs, gangs, and organized crime will be explored, along with the impact of these group activities on crime and policing.

Consider this concentration if you are interested in exploring the world of gangs, organized crime units, and task forces. Or consider it if you may be interested in working as a crime scene investigator, criminologist, researcher, or detective.

Visit the video gallery to learn more about some of the following courses.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (15 cr.)
    • Elective courses (75 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary 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 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose 15 courses from general education, B.S. in Criminal Justice, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 75 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

Criminal Justice Management and Administration

Managers and organizational leaders must learn to successfully guide criminal justice organizations into the global 21st century.

In this concentration, you will:

  • Study how to create and apply policies and budgets to successfully manage your organization.
  • Develop and integrate models of cross-agency coordination among regional, state, national, and international agencies in anticipation and response to typical critical incidents.
  • Prepare for positions in a range of departments, including:
    • Local and regional law enforcement offices
    • Victim and advocacy services
    • Criminal justice-related nonprofit organizations

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (15 cr.)
    • Elective courses (75 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary 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 1-866-492-5336.

Visit the video gallery to learn more about some of the following courses.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Students are required to complete three concentration courses, two of which are required. Students choose a third concentration course from a choice of two additional B.S. in Criminal Justice courses described below.

Elective Courses

Choose 15 courses from general education, B.S. in Criminal Justice, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 75 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

Homeland Security

In the wake of the events on 9/11, the field of homeland security has grown exponentially. Consider this concentration if you want to learn more about standard operating procedures for identifying, planning for, and responding to terrorist threats, as well as patterns and trends related to terrorism.

In this concentration, you will:

  • Learn about all types of weapons of mass destruction and biological and chemical threats and disasters.
  • Discover how to respond to such incidents.
  • Study the skills required for a homeland security position with:
    • The border patrol
    • Local and regional first responders
    • Hazardous material response teams
    • Emergency relief agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Administration

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (15 cr.)
    • Elective courses (75 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary 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 1-866-492-5336.

Visit the video gallery to learn more about some of the following courses.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose 15 courses from general education, B.S. in Criminal Justice, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 75 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

Human Services for Criminal Justice

Victims of crime often need help addressing the injustices they have experienced. This concentration is ideal if you want to work:

  • As an advocate for victims or communities.
  • Directly with victims in social services and nonprofit organizations.

In this concentration, you will:

  • Study how to assess the needs of victims and identify community resources and responses.
  • Analyze contemporary problems and trends in victimology.
  • Explore restorative justice strategies to repair the harm caused by criminal behavior and to return criminals to their communities with strategies for living productive, crime-free lives:

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (15 cr.)
    • Elective courses (75 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary 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 1-866-492-5336.

Visit the video gallery to learn more about some of the following courses.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose 15 courses from general education, B.S. in Criminal Justice, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 75 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 181 total quarter credit hours  $310 per quarter hour 

$56,110

Technology Fee  Per quarter

$120

$1,920

   

Total

$58,030

   

Transfer up to 135 credits 

$43,290

   

Total with Maximum Transfer Credits

$14,740

*Time to completion may vary 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 1-866-492-5336.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,000.

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Call 1-866-492-5336 for information about a full range of options for:

Accelerate Your Degree Completion

In our core courses, you will gain exposure to a solid foundation in the basic principles of criminal justice. In addition, you can choose from concentration courses and electives that focus on timely topics and current challenges facing the criminal justice profession. These courses include:

• Profiling Serial and Mass Murderers
Study theories of criminal behavior (including the history of serial killers in the U.S.), profiling, and serial murder and their relationship to gender and race. Apply criminal theories to cases of serial and mass murder.

• Drugs, Gangs, and Organized Crime
Study the different types of organized crime from gangs to motorcycle clubs to the Mafia. Learn the techniques that groups use to recruit and retain members, such as tattooing and tagging.

• Restorative Justice
Explore a theory of justice and practice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior to the victim and the community. Identify strategies for restoring justice and improving relationships among victims, offenders, communities, and criminal justice agencies.

• Weapons of Mass Destruction and Disaster Response
Expand your knowledge of weapons of mass destruction and biological and chemical threats and disasters and how to respond to such incidents. Enhance your understanding of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the nation’s Incident Command System, as well as their roles in the response to and management of disasters.

• Critical Incidents and Cross-Agency Coordination
Develop broad-based contingency planning and strategies, policies, and procedures that coordinate the activities of local, state, and federal agencies in response to critical incidents. Create models of cross-agency coordination that anticipate critical incident responses.

• Computer Forensics
Explore basic approaches to analyzing information systems for evidence of illegal or inappropriate activities. Consider the legal, ethical, and policy implications of using forensic techniques to monitor technology systems.

When you earn your criminal justice degree online at Walden, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

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Interactive Media

Walden’s online learning environment includes interactive media to enhance your student experience. Explore the crime assessment process through lifelike, computer-generated scenarios of crime scenes. These real-world simulations allow you to apply your critical thinking skills and key learnings to a range of criminal activities.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Explain concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and trends in criminal justice.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply legal and ethical principles to the criminal justice system.
  3. Describe the structure, function, and interaction of key institutions in criminal justice.
  4. Discuss the patterns, typologies, and root causes of crime.
  5. Apply criminal justice concepts, processes, and practices to social justice and social change.

For assistance in deciding which concentration fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.