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 51 and 60 units within 11 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 a 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 Cost Estimated Cost
$28,140
($469/unit, 60 units)
Textbooks not included
Completion Time Min. Completion Time
11 Months
Course Format Course Format
Online

UPDATE: This program has been approved for financial aid.

Applications for Fall 2020

Application Dates: Oct. 1, 2019—May 30, 2020

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Module Courses Dates
1 CJ 300: Crime, Law, & Justice
PA 301: Concepts and Issues in Public Administration
PA 340: Administrative Behavior
PA 460: Administration and Policy Development
8/24/20 – 10/16/20 (Fall 2020)
2 CJ 301: Law in Society
CJ 303: Criminal Justice and Social Control
CJ 540: Research Methods and Evaluation
+1 Humanities GE course (TBA)
10/26/20 – 12/11/20 (Fall 2020)
3 CJ 302: Crime and Behavior
PA 350: Contemporary Urban Issues
PA 450: Fiscal and Budgetary Policy
+1 Academic Writing course (TBA)
+1 Elective (TBA)
1/4/21 – 2/26/21 (Spring 2021)
4 CJ 310: Law Enforcement
CJ 330: Corrections
PA 310: Management of Urban Governments
+1 CJ or RWS elective (TBA)
3/8/21 – 4/30/21 (Spring 2021)
5 Elective: Chemistry 300 or Anthropology 360
PA 330: Public Personnel Administration
CJ 497: Investigation and Reporting
PA 501: Nonprofit Organizations and Government
5/10/21 – 7/2/21 (Summer 2021)
6 CJ 300: Crime, Law, & Justice
PA 301: Concepts and Issues in Public Administration
PA 340: Administrative Behavior
PA 460: Administration and Policy Development
8/2/21 – 9/24/21 (Fall 2021)
7 CJ 301: Law in Society
CJ 303: Criminal Justice and Social Control
CJ 540: Research Methods and Evaluation
+1 Humanities GE course (TBA)
10/4/21 – 11/26/21 (Fall 2021)
8 CJ 302: Crime and Behavior
PA 350: Contemporary Urban Issues
PA 450: Fiscal and Budgetary Policy
+1 Academic Writing course (TBA)
+1 Elective (TBA)
1/10/22 – 3/4/22 (Spring 2022)
9 CJ 310: Law Enforcement
CJ 330: Corrections
PA 310: Management of Urban Governments
+1 CJ or RWS elective (TBA)
3/14/22 – 5/6/22 (Spring 2022)
10 Elective: Chemistry 300 or Anthropology 360
PA 330: Public Personnel Administration
CJ 497: Investigation and Reporting
PA 501: Nonprofit Organizations and Government
5/16/22 – 7/8/22 (Spring 2022)

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 requirements, including completion of GE requirements, 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) 594-0845.

Courses

2020 Spring2020 Summer2020 Fall
CJ 0300 Crime, Law, and Justice
Criminal justice-role of law in society, definition and explanations of criminal behavior, criminal justice system, methods of research, and policy.
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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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CJ 0302 Crime and Behavior
Major disciplinary paradigms used both to explain criminal behavior and to inform official criminal justice policy.
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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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