Walden University’s BS 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

NSA and NCEA logosAs a further mark of quality, Walden has been designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education through the year. This designation means that you can:

  • Apply for federal scholarships and grants.
  • Attend a university with a national reputation for academic excellence in cyber security education.
  • Prepare for more opportunities nationwide in government, education, and private sectors.


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.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

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

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.


Beyond The Classroom

When you pursue your bachelor’s degree at Walden, you can translate your coursework into practice by participating in an optional field experience, service learning project, or study abroad program.

Accelerate into Master's (AIM) Program

The AIM program allows you to complete graduate courses as part of your bachelor’s program that you can then apply toward the completion of your master’s program.

Undergraduate Pathways

Undergraduate Pathways offers options for increasing your course load to reduce your degree completion time.


Cathy Logan-Davis

BS/MS in Criminal Justice Graduate / PhD in Criminal Justice Student
I want to continue to strive for social change that the university emphasizes to help change the world.
In the hour I spent talking with Walden’s admissions advisor, I completely changed my career ambition. To this day, I am still on that path.
Walden University is an opportunity for those of us who began pursuing higher education later in life.
Tommy White MS in Criminal Justice and Executive Management Graduate, DBA Student
Seth Barnett MPA Graduate
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Thomas Schillinger PhD in Public Policy and Administration Graduate
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