ExcelTrackTM Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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Program at a Glance
  • Control your pace, your deadlines, how many courses you take at a time, and which resources will help you learn best.
  • Use the skills and knowledge you have mastered through your professional experience to advance at your own pace or to finish in less time than a typical course takes.
  • Earn the same high-quality bachelor’s degree as a traditional Purdue Global online program—only faster and for less money.
  • Take as many 1-credit courses as you want in a term and pay one flat tuition rate.
  • Complete an optional concentration in crime scene investigation.
COURSE EFFORT You Control Your Pace
COURSE LENGTH 10-Week Terms
CREDITS REQUIRED 180
TUITION RATE PER TERM $2,200
How Do I Get Started?

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

ExcelTrack™ Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Overview

Purdue Global’s ExcelTrack™ bachelor’s degree in criminal justice offers you affordable, competency-based learning that puts you in control of your education. You can speed past what you already know and focus only on gaining new, relevant skills and knowledge.*

Designed for highly disciplined and self-motivated learners with strong professional criminal justice or law enforcement knowledge, ExcelTrack™ is centered on real-world career experiences and builds on the skills and knowledge you’ve already mastered.

If you are interested in advancement within the field of criminal justice, furthering your current career in law enforcement or private security, and/or solidifying your knowledge with a bachelor’s degree, the ExcelTrack™ Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice can help you pursue your goals and stay ahead of the competition.

Once enrolled in the online criminal justice bachelor’s degree program, you take a series of assessments to demonstrate what you already know and move past those topics. That way, you’ll focus on developing the skills that are immediately applicable to your industry. A criminal justice faculty member will work with you to ensure you’re on track to successfully complete each course.

Flexibility

Speed up or slow down as much as you want, based on your schedule and personal learning path. You are evaluated by how well you demonstrate competencies, not by how long it takes to learn them.

Focused Learning

Each ExcelTrack™ course is a single credit, covering a particular skill or piece of knowledge. You advance based on what you already know and spend time only on what you need to learn.

Savings

Take as many 1-credit classes as you want every term for a flat rate of $2,200, excluding fees. Taking more credits per term lowers the average cost per credit.

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

Distinguished. Experienced. Committed.

As one of the largest providers of public safety programs in the United States, we’ve supported the career and educational advancement of many dedicated criminal justice professionals like yourself. You’ll join a wide network of students, alumni, faculty, and employers.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit HLCommission.org or call 800-621-7440.

Career Opportunities

As the criminal justice field becomes more competitive, employers may increasingly look for educated, qualified individuals. For police and detective positions, applicants with a bachelor’s degree and law enforcement experience are expected to have the best opportunities.

With a criminal justice degree, you may qualify for employment or advancement opportunities related to§:

  • Cybercrime
  • Counterterrorism
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Detention
  • Fraud investigation
  • Homeland security
  • Juvenile justice and detention
  • Law enforcement
  • Parole and probation
  • Prisons
  • Private investigations
  • Public safety

Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs 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.

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.#

Maximize Your Military Career Experience

Earn your degree faster with our PME2Degree program. Many occupations across each branch of the armed forces have been evaluated for credit toward a Purdue Global degree. Find out how many credits you’ve earned.

Is ExcelTrackTM Right for You?

  • You are a self-motivated, driven student with strong time management skills.
  • You have 3 years of experience working in a setting relevant to your program of study.
  • You have successfully completed at least 3 courses at an accredited college or university.

If you decide to enroll, you must complete orientation before you start classes.

Learn More About ExcelTrackTM

The ExcelTrackTM criminal justice degree consists of 174 single-credit courses as well as a 6-credit capstone course.

Courses are based on the philosophy and development of the U.S. criminal justice system, applied research methods and techniques used in the field, the development of criminal law, and different types of criminal offenses.

Sample Courses
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Applied Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
  • Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems
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Crime Scene Investigation Degree Concentration

Customize your ExcelTrack™ bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Focus on techniques for locating, collecting, and analyzing crime scene evidence.

Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits147
  • Elective Credits59
  • Total Credits180

Ways to Save

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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.

View Criminal Justice and Fire Science Faculty Directory
97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

Program Brochure

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

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*ExcelTrackTM is designed to advance your progress based on existing knowledge; however, degree pace and time and cost savings will vary by individual. Students must enroll in a minimum number of credits per term to remain eligible for financial aid. Refer to the Financial Information section of the University Catalog for additional information. Enrollees will pay a per-term technology fee of $295.00. Program includes a traditional 6-credit capstone course; however, tuition is charged at the ExcelTrackTM rate.

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2016-2017 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Criminal Justice and Corrections, and Fire Protection, nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees and certificates granted by Kaplan University compared to other Title IV institutions. Note: these data were reported prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Protective Service Occupations, www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/home.htm, and Police and Detectives, www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

§Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

#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.