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SDSU’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Online Degree Completion Program is designed to encourage thoughtful exploration of the ways that criminal justice systems provide “justice,” or fail to do so. The program also focuses on criminal justice from a social justice perspective, allowing for the examination of policy issues as diverse as genocide, institutionalized racism, organized crime, and environmental destruction, in addition to traditional criminal justice issues. This degree appeals to students who are interested in working in the fields of law, law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections, or other social service agencies. This degree also prepares students for law school or graduate school in either criminal justice or a related field.

Students who satisfy all eligibility requirements can graduate by completing between 54 and 60 units within 13 months (ten eight-week modules with breaks). Admitted students will complete two courses in each of the ten eight-week modules.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be awarded the same degree as on-campus students — the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The diploma and transcript will not distinguish that the program was completed online.

SDSU’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Online Degree Completion Program is designed to encourage thoughtful exploration of the ways that criminal justice systems provide “justice,” or fail to do so. The program also focuses on criminal justice from a social justice perspective, allowing for the examination of policy issues as diverse as genocide, institutionalized racism, organized crime, and environmental destruction, in addition to traditional criminal justice issues. This degree appeals to students who are interested in working in the fields of law, law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections, or other social service agencies. This degree also prepares students for law school or graduate school in either criminal justice or a related field.

Students who satisfy all eligibility requirements can graduate by completing between 54 and 60 units within 13 months (ten eight-week modules with breaks). Admitted students will complete two courses in each of the ten eight-week modules.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be awarded the same degree as on-campus students — the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The diploma and transcript will not distinguish that the program was completed online.

This degree also includes an optional minor in Public Administration. All courses are offered via distance education (online classes). Please note: Some exams may require the student to make arrangements for a proctor to administer the exam remotely.

Estimated CostTotal Estimated Cost
$27,594-$30,660

Textbooks not included
Completion Time Completion Time
As short as 13 Months
Course Format Course Format
Online

This program is perfect for students who are trying to balance a lot of competing interests. Students are getting an identical curriculum to students on campus at SDSU. They'll also get a big dose of Public Administration classes and leave with a minor in Public Administration.”

- Sherry Ryan, SDSU School of Public Affairs Director and SDSU Global Campus Program Sponsor

Admission Requirements

To be fully qualified for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, you must have at least 60 transferable semester units by the term prior to transfer. This includes 12 lower division preparation course units for the Criminal Justice major and at least 30 units of General Education. You must also have a 2.8+ GPA.

Students will also have the opportunity to apply for a Minor in Public Administration at the same time.

This program is designed for students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. If you already have a bachelor's degree, we will not be able accept your application for this program.

For more detailed admission requirements and other application information, please consult our Transfer Admissions Information.

 

Each Module may consist of 2-4 Courses. Each Course is 3 Units.

* - Denotes courses with a prerequisite of CJ 300
^ - Denotes courses with a prerequisite of PA 301
^^ - Denotes courses with a prerequisites of PA 301 and PA 460

Module Courses Dates
1 CJ 300: Crime, Law, & Justice
PA 301: Concepts and Issues in Public Administration
PA 340: Administrative Behavior
8/30/20 – 10/24/20 (Fall 2020)
2 CJ 301: Law in Society*
CJ 303: Criminal Justice and Social Control*
PA 460: Administration and Policy Development
10/25/20 – 12/19/20 (Fall 2020)
3 AFRAS 380: Blacks in the American Justice System
CJ 302: Crime and Behavior
*
PA 350: Contemporary Urban Issues
1/17/21 – 3/13/21 (Spring 2021)
4 AMIND 440: American Indian History
CJ 321 Juvenile Justice*
PA 450: Fiscal and Budgetary Policy^
RWS 305w: Based on Writing Placement Assessment - Completion of this course will fulfill the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) requirement until the WPA is offered.
3/14/21 – 5/8/21 (Spring 2021)
5 CJ 540: Research Methods and Evaluation*
CJ 310: Law Enforcement*
CJ 330: Corrections*
5/23/21 – 7/3/21 (Summer 2021)
6 PA 310: Management of Urban Governments
PA 330: Public Personnel Administration
ANTH 360*
7/4/21 – 8/14/21 (Summer 2021)
7 CJ 497: Investigation and Reporting, Senior Standing or Consent of Instructor
PA 501: Nonprofit Organizations and Government^^
8/15/21 – 10/9/21 (Fall 2021)

Dates and courses subject to change.

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Admission requirements for this program? *

  • 60 or more semester units (90 or more quarter units) completed
  • 2.8+ GPA
  • Completion of lower division GE with a grade of C- or higher
  • Completion of the American Institutions requirement
  • Completion of lower division preparation for the major requirements
    • POL S 102 - Introduction to American/Californian Government and Politics
    • SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 102 - Introduction to Social Problems
    • SOC 201 - Elementary Social Statistics (or comparable three-unit course in elementary statistics, such as STAT 119, STAT 250, or PSY 280)
    • For more information, please the SDSU General Catalog

*The full transfer admissions requirements can be found here: https://ces.sdsu.edu/admissions-information

Labor Analysis
Criminal Justice and Corrections Industry — Nationwide

Job Postings
Job Postings
Last 12 months
128,661

Projected Growth
Projected Growth
Over 10 years
+7%

Salary Range
Salary Range
Average
$55,000-$75,000

For more information, please email criminaljustice.ces@sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-2707.

Courses

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AFRAS 0380 Blacks in the American Justice System
Interpretation and application of constitutional principles and judicial decisions to political and social problems faced by Afro-Americans.
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Adisa Alkebulan
CJ 0301 Law in Society
Theoretical study of law in society from classical social theorists. Major movements in legal studies during the last century. Comparative systems of law.
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Paul Kaplan
CJ 0303 Criminal Justice and Social Control
Interrelationship of social control, social policy and administration of criminal justice in contemporary American society.
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Michael Braun
CJ 0321 Juvenile Justice
Assessment of the structure and functions of agencies and institutions which comprise the juvenile justice system in America; evolution of policies and programs for prevention of delinquency and treatment of the juvenile offender.
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P A 0340 Administrative Behavior
Social, psychological, and behavioral theories of organization; concepts of administrative leadership; organization and the individual; emphasis on governmental organizations. Not open to students with credit in Psychology 321.
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Meriem Doucette
P A 0350 Contemporary Urban Issues
Focus on urban areas and urbanism from a public policy perspective; course examines and critiques the physical, economic, social and political dimensions of contemporary American cities utilizing a multidisciplinary approach.
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Anna Kim
P A 0450 Fiscal and Budgetary Policy
Policies of fiscal administration and budgeting; political implications of the governmental budget process; revenue, debt, and treasury management; the functions of accounting and financial reporting.
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P A 0460 Administration and Policy Development
Process of formulating public policy with emphasis on the role of public agencies
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David Kanaan
RWS 0305W.01 Writing in Various Settings
Composing effective texts for a wide range of situations in and out of the university. Learning to adjust textual elements for specific purposes, audiences, and settings. Enhances critical reading and writing skills by exploring how content contributes to meaning and effectiveness.
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