Bachelor of Science Degree in Corrections

Additional training and education not provided by Purdue Global may be required for correctional positions.

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Program at a Glance
  • The comprehensive curriculum incorporates broad criminal justice study with specialized corrections knowledge.
  • An internship option allows you to gain real-world experience during your degree.
  • Shorten your path to a master’s degree with the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s option.
COURSE EFFORT 15–18 Hours per Week
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Bachelor of Science in Corrections Overview

With a bachelor’s degree in corrections, you can enhance your career options and opportunities within the increasingly competitive corrections field. Curriculum in this corrections degree program offers a comprehensive study that includes:

  • Foundational classes such as composition, math, and sociology
  • Courses on legal aspects of corrections, leadership within corrections, offender treatment, and rehabilitation
  • Study of operational and technological aspects of corrections and the day-to-day operations and functions of the criminal justice system

Developed by Industry Leaders

The program was developed with the help of industry leaders who are active participants in organizations such as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). ACJS is a national organization focused on developing best practices within criminal justice and has established standards on which Purdue Global’s curriculum is based. Please note, this program is not endorsed by ACJS.*

Professors are skilled corrections professionals who bring real-world knowledge to the courses they teach.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: At this time, residents of Minnesota may not enroll in this program.

Military Transfer Credit

Servicemembers and veterans can earn a degree faster with our PME2Degree® program. Many occupations across each branch have been evaluated for credit toward a Purdue Global degree. Use our Military Credit Calculator to see how much of your training counts as credit.

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How to Become a Correctional Officer

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry-level correctional officers in federal prisons are required to have at least a bachelor's degree or 1 to 3 years of full-time experience in a related field. Some additional education or experience may also be required. Earning your Bachelor of Science in Corrections at Purdue Global can prepare you to pursue these opportunities and others in this field.

Additional Career Opportunities

Graduates can consider career paths in adult or juvenile corrections, community and court probation, parole, and other responsive corrections specializations such as sexual abuse response and child protection services.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Social Perceptiveness
  2. Speaking
  3. Active Listening
  4. Monitoring
  5. Critical Thinking

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Local, state, and federal correctional/probation officer jobs and law enforcement positions may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond the Purdue Global degree. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information. Graduates of Purdue Global criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.

Your Prior Experience Can Help You Save Time and Money on Your Degree

Use Your Law Enforcement Certification to Earn Credit

If you are a certified law enforcement officer who has completed the national Peace Officer Standard Training (POST), your accomplishments may qualify you to receive 25 credits toward your bachelor’s degree.

Accelerated Master's Degree Options

You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in public administration, educational psychology, human services, legal studies, or psychology while you earn your bachelor’s degree. Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately.

For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

Engage With Fellow Students

Online discussion boards allow you to engage with students from around the country and learn from their experiences. You are also invited to join the Public Safety Club for further networking and educational opportunities.

Purdue Global Clubs and Communities

The program’s curriculum ranges from foundational classes to courses focused on the legal aspects of corrections, leadership within corrections, and offender treatment and rehabilitation.

In your first course, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your degree plan with a faculty member to align your degree path with your career outcomes.

Sample Courses
  • Probation and Parole
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Corrections in the Twenty-First Century
  • Correctional Administration
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Correctional Alternatives
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits45
  • Major Credits88
  • Elective Credits47
  • Total Credits180

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Corrections and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

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*ACJS does not accredit university programs.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Protective Service Occupations, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Students must currently be a certified law enforcement officer or a federal agent (FBI, DEA, ATF, etc.), or must have been certified in either of these roles within 24 months of their enrollment date. Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.