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Bachelor's degree

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

4 years

Approximate Program Length

120

Total Credits

$398

Cost per Credit

Online & campus

Format

Start when you're ready

Choose an upcoming start date:

Register by: May 12, 2021

Get ready to serve your community — and your career. Our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration gives you skills to prepare for administrative responsibilities in law enforcement, criminal courts and corrections. And courses are just 5 weeks long, so they won’t get in the way of your busy life.

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  • Problem Solving

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  • Research

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A degree built around the skills employers want

We know what skills employers want because we did our homework.

We worked with labor market researchers to align in-demand skills with our program to ensure you have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate them in your coursework.

Look for the skills icon to see exactly which in-demand skills you’re learning in the courses you take.

Skills-aligned program

Courses

1

Course at a time

5

Weeks per course

10

Courses per year

Schedule

Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a BS in Criminal Justice Administration. Please note that on campus students are required to physically attend class one day a week, typically from 6-10 pm.

Depending on your location, this program may be offered as Blended. This means you’ll start at a local campus* to complete your general education courses, and then transition to online learning for your core program courses.

*During COVID-19, while our campuses are temporarily closed, your local campus classes will be held virtually so you can get face-to-face learning at home.

What you'll learn

When you earn your on-campus or online BS in Criminal Justice Administration you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

You'll learn how to:

  • Apply criminal justice knowledge to theory, research and statistics
  • Analyze effective practices in criminal justice programs, public policies and organizational behavior
  • Demonstrate ethical conduct and respect for diverse populations
  • Analyze innovative services and strategies

Program Purpose Statement

The University’s Criminal Justice programs are educational degree programs. For those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, corrections or as a peace officer with any particular local, state, federal, tribal or international agency, there are numerous additional qualifications (and often disqualifications), depending on the position. Before enrolling in a Criminal Justice program, potential students are highly encouraged to check with the relevant agency for a complete list of position requirements. The University makes no representations regarding whether any particular University program will qualify a graduate for any such position.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration?

A BSCJA can prepare you to be a: 

  • Detective sergeant
  • Police sergeant
  • Sergeant
  • Loss prevention manager
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for first-line supervisors of police and detectives is projected to be average between 2019 and 2029. 

Committed to your career

When you enroll in a degree or certificate program, and even after you graduate, you'll have access to a supportive team, helpful tools and resources and alumni networking opportunities.

Count on our support

A built-in community: a team of people ready to help you succeed throughout your educational journey.

Tools and resources

Work on your career preparation when your life allows you to with the help of our PhoenixLink™  career portal that has career tools, resources and more, available to students and alumni 24/7/365.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.

Tuition

Paying for school

Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

Earn your degree without starting from scratch

On average, students with prior eligible college credits and relevant life experience saved  $11k and 1 year on their undergratuate degree.

Up to $1 million a month in available scholarships

Apply for one of 400 scholarship opportunities this month.

Credit transfer made easy

Graduate faster by transferring in prior eligible credits from another accredited institution.

Get credit for what you already know

Earn your degree without starting from scratch. Have previous relevant work and life experience evaluated for potential credit. If you have military or law enforcement training, such as Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Basic Corrections Academy training or Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy training, you can apply to have that experience evaluated for up to 30 credits.

Enrollment representative

NEED SOME HELP?

Our enrollment representatives can help answer your questions, so you can make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at (844) 937-8679 or chat with us 5 days a week.

NEED SOME HELP?

Our enrollment representatives can help answer your questions, so you can make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 5 days a week.

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Take one class at a time and choose a start date that works for your schedule.

Online or campus-based learning

Enroll in online classes and study anytime of the day or night, 24/7/365. Or enroll at a campus in your state to attend classes virtually with your peers.

Around-the-clock support and resources

Access our online resources 24/7 or reach our trained representatives by phone or chat 20 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Faculty & Accreditation

Count on the quality of your education

Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org. Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Real-world faculty

26

Average years of industry experience

15

Captains

20:1

Student-faculty ratio

Faculty Spotlight

As a faculty member, I'm on your team. I'm your coach and your cheerleader."

Doris Savron

Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix

While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.