Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Protecting Society Is More Than a Career; It's a Calling

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to offer a strong foundation of professional skills and criminal justice knowledge. In this program, you will have an opportunity to gain an understanding of the U.S. criminal justice system; explore the methods and techniques used in the field; examine the development of criminal law; and more.

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Credit Award by MOS: Army

Purdue Global recognizes the value of your military training and the need for an efficient path to a degree. Your military police occupation could translate into a maximum of 62% of the credit needed toward a bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Purdue Global*: 

  • Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    40

    180

    24

    22%

    20

    58

    180

    22

    32%

    30

    89

    180

    16

    49%

    40

    104

    180

    13

    58%

    50

    119

    180

    11

    66%

  • Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    20

    45

    180

    26

    25%

    30

    64

    180

    22

    36%

    40

    64

    180

    22

    36%

    50

    79

    180

    19

    44%

  • Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    10

    18

    180

    30

    10%

    20

    36

    180

    27

    20%

    30

    59

    180

    23

    33%

    40

    59

    180

    23

    33%

    50

    74

    180

    20

    41%

Credit Award by Occupation: Coast Guard

The table below illustrates the amount of credit that may be awarded for specific occupations. Note: actual transfer credit may vary.

  • Service Level

    Credits Fulfilled

    Total Degree Credits Needed

    Courses Remaining

    Reduction for MOS Training

    ME3

    39

    180

    27

    22%

    ME2

    48

    180

    25

    27%

    ME1

    53

    180

    24

    29%

    MEC

    54

    180

    24

    30%

    MECS

    59

    180

    23

    33%

    MECM

    64

    180

    22

    36%

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Purdue Global's criminal justice program is designed to offer a strong foundation of professional skills and criminal
justice knowledge while allowing students to specialize in an area of interest. The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice focuses on the following knowledge and abilities: 

  • An overview of the U.S. criminal justice system, its agencies, and the issues and challenges facing the system
  • In-depth knowledge of criminology theory, including causes of crime and discipline-specific evaluation of human behavior
  • Analytical skills such as the ability to use scientific methods of inquiry to arrive at reasoned decisions

Program Highlights

In addition to a providing a broad liberal arts education, this baccalaureate program combines professional skills training with courses designed to help you develop a solid foundation of criminal justice knowledge. In this program you will have an opportunity to:

  • Gain an understanding of the philosophy and development of the U.S. criminal justice system, its agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges they face 
  • Explore applied research methods and techniques used in the field 
  • Examine the development of criminal law, elements and types of criminal offenses, and principles of criminal culpability 
  • Complete a capstone project to demonstrate your ability to apply the critical thinking skills and concepts you study online to real-world criminal justice scenarios

What Are the Career Opportunities?

With a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, you may qualify for employment opportunities related to computer crime, counterterrorism, crime scene investigation, detention, fraud investigation, homeland security, juvenile justice and detention, law enforcement, parole and probation, prisons, private investigations, or public safety.Additional opportunities may be found in corporate, government, or private security.


NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Based on a member of the military who transfers in the maximum amount of quarter credit hours: 65 for medical MOS, 60 for military police and information technology MOS, 50 for combat arms MOS, 55 for paralegal specialist MOS, 45 for recruiter MOS. Coursework reduction reflects an educational mapping based on the completion of the standard courses required for rank advancement as well as credit for occupation duties. Credit awards have service-level requirements. Exact transfer amount may vary depending on completed military courses and occupations as listed on your official Joint Service Transcript(s). State-specific requirements, as listed in the University Catalog, may apply. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible to transfer.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. 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.