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An Online Bachelor's in Criminal Justice That's Affordable & Flexible

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Earn Your Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Online

The safety and security of communities relies on criminal justice professionals who can effectively communicate, solve problems, and apply critical thinking skills in their quest to protect citizens and curb criminal activity. American Public University’s (APU) Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice is designed to support those professional goals, providing an exploration of the causes of crime, criminal behavior, criminal investigation, corrections and incarceration, juvenile issues, and stress management.

APU’s programs are online with 24/7 access and no set login times. At APU, there are no entrance exams and classes start every month, so you can begin quickly and control your schedule. Ask us about transfer credit opportunities to help you save time and money in completing your degree.

APU Criminal Justice programs have not been approved by any state professional licensing body and the programs do not lead to any state-issued professional licensure.

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Part of American Public University System, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military families are eligible for our Military Tuition Grant that covers undergraduate and master’s-level tuition above the military TA cap of $250/credit hour. Eligible family members are parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents.

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APU does not charge to evaluate and apply eligible transfer credit.

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There is no cost to apply for undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

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Why You Should Earn This Bachelor's From APU

Comprehensive Coursework

APU’s criminal justice degree provides a broad, yet thorough, examination of key topics, such as criminology, law enforcement, corrections, ethics, and legal process.

Focused Application

A large number of general electives allow you to tailor your studies to align with your personal or professional goals. To provide further focus, you will choose from a variety of concentration options.

Peer Collaboration

APU’s criminal justice major is widely respected because of its unique student population. You will learn alongside peers representing law enforcement, public safety, security, intelligence, government, and military communities.

Real-World Insight

Faculty bring their field-tested knowledge and skill to your learning. They share relevant perspective from their professional roles in policing, corrections, intelligence, and government.

Beyond the Classroom

You have the option to join the Criminology Club, an extracurricular activity aimed at academic and social interaction and access to criminology and criminal justice research.

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