Rise above the competition and reach your goals faster
Enhance your skills and credentials while continuing to protect and serve your community with our BS in Criminal Justice program. A bachelor’s in criminal justice prepares professionals with the skills needed for entry-level positions in law enforcement, corrections, investigation, security, and more.
Walden is designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.
Coursework focuses on cybercrime, restorative justice, and 21st-century policing. An engaging blend of content brings contemporary topics to life.
Put concepts and theories into practice through true-to-life scenarios, case studies, and virtual technologies that simulate real crime scenes.
Benefit from curriculum developed and taught by scholar practitioners with real-life experience in the criminal justice field.
Two Ways to Learn
Choose from two degree completion options.
The course-based format may be a good option for you if you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule.
Tempo Competency-Based Learning™ is an alternative way to earn your Walden degree. It’s different from our standard course-based learning because you can work at a pace that makes sense for you, and progress once you’ve shown you understand a subject. With Tempo Learning®, you have the flexibility of online learning, plus the ability to personalize and control the length, cost, and pacing of your program. See below which specializations are offered in Tempo Competency-Based Learning in addition to our standard course-based learning.
This concentration allows you to take graduate courses in your bachelor’s degree program that can be applied toward Walden’s MS in Criminal Justice degree program.
Examine the devastating effects of crime on society, such as the erosion of local communities, economic instability, and drug use.
Explore advanced fundamentals of management and save time and money as you take graduate-level coursework as part of your bachelor’s program.
Get maximum flexibility in your program of study. Choose any four concentration courses from the online BS in Criminal Justice program to create a personalized path to your degree.
Admission is considered for adult students who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:
You are 21 years of age or older.
You are less than 21 years of age with 60 quarter credit hours.
You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.
You are concurrently enrolled in an approved partner institution with an articulation agreement with Walden. More information for international applicants.
Climb Higher on the Career Ladder
Walden’s BS in Criminal Justice program prepares you for an exhilarating, rewarding career in law enforcement, homeland security, and many other disciplines. Explore topics that matter in today's criminal justice environment, from ethics and diversity to 21st century policing. Through virtual simulations and other true-to-life learning experiences, you’ll build job-ready skills you can apply immediately to make a positive impact.
As a graduate of Walden’s online BS in Criminal Justice program, you 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
What’s the Career Impact of Earning a BS in Criminal Justice?
From leading disaster response efforts to keeping our streets free of crime, criminal justice professionals play a critical role in protecting our nation’s communities. Make a meaningful difference in the lives and safety of others by earning a BS in Criminal Justice from Walden.
What Can I Do With a BS in Criminal Justice?
Many criminal justice agencies now require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in order to be considered for employment. A BS in Criminal Justice can give you the skills and credentials you need to launch your career—or achieve a promotion or salary raise.
Whether you’re already working in the field or switching paths, you’ll be positioned for interesting and fulfilling career roles in:
- Law enforcement
- Security or security management
- Private investigation
- Fraud investigation
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this online criminal justice bachelor’s program.