Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice


Laws exist to keep us safe and protect our rights. Those in the criminal justice field work to make society a better place by ensuring these laws are upheld and that we are protected. The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice arms current and future public servants with the skills and knowledge necessary to face the evolving, real-world issues in the law enforcement field, exploring criminal justice as it relates to police, courts, and the corrections system. Students will build leadership and conflict resolution skills, and leave the program prepared to confront challenges efficiently and professionally.

 Quick Facts

Credit Hours: 120

Duration: 2 - 3 years

Start Terms: Fall Session I, Fall Session II, Spring Session I, Spring Session II, and Summer

Tuition: $366.85/credit hour for Oklahoma residents


2022 US New & World Report Badge

The University of Oklahoma’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice ranks among the best online programs by the U.S. News & World Report.

Degree Details

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is a fast-paced, accelerated program designed to accommodate working adults. When you are admitted into the program, you will be assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses you need for your degree.

Students can choose from four concentration areas — Homeland Security, Restorative Justice, Administrative Leadership, and Investigations and Intelligence Analysis — that will allow you to specialize the focus of your studies.

What You'll Learn

  • Comparative justice systems
  • Various theories of criminal behavior
  • The role of officers in society and the criminal justice system
  • Crime-solving technology and the collection and preservation of physical evidence
  • What ethical and effective leadership mean
  • How the American correctional system developed, including the role of jails, correctional facilities, private/contract corrections, and probation and parole
  • The structure of state and federal courts, including jurisdiction, sources of law, legal procedures from pleadings to appeal, civil and criminal law, and policy issues about the role of the judiciary
  • Developments in community policing
  • Cyberspace crime and security
  • How to find, collect, preserve and examine digital evidence 
  • Probation, parole and other alternatives to incarceration

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Frequently Asked Questions

Minors in Criminal Justice and Related Topics

Are you interested in criminal justice but not ready to choose it as your major? You might like to pursue a Minor in Criminal Justice, a Minor in Restorative Justice, or a Minor in Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Analysis — all 15-hour online programs that can include criminal justice courses.  

Minor in Criminal Justice

Minor in Restorative Justice

Minor in Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Analysis

Tuition and Fees - An Investment in Your Future

Online programs are an investment in each student’s future, and OU makes every effort to see that each qualified candidate is able to attend. Current students use many types of financing to cover their expenses such as Financial Aid. To learn more, please fill out the form above to speak with one of our enrollment counselors.

The BSCJ program tuition is $366.85/credit hour for Oklahoma Residents

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Manageable Accelerated Courses

All undergraduate courses in this program are eight weeks long. Most students choose to take four courses (or 12 credit hours) a semester; two courses the first half of the semester and two courses the second half of the semester. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules—these courses are fast paced and intensive.

Depending on how many credit hours you transfer from another institution, along with the number of courses you take each semester, this program can be completed in as little as 18 months. The majority of students complete the program in two to three years.

Getting Started: Admissions Requirements

The first step to getting your degree from the OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies is to apply for admission. After making sure you meet the admissions criteria, you are ready to apply.

STEP ONE: Complete Online Application Form

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STEP TWO: Send Official Transcripts

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