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Enroll full time or part time in one of our Criminal Justice programs. Browse these or search for other programs using our program finder.
Criminal justice serves an important role in society—aiming to deliver justice, enforce laws, and prevent crime. American Public University offers a variety of online learning options to more deeply explore this and related topics. You’ll benefit from studying alongside the University’s unique student population—some of whom represent law enforcement communities. Additionally, practitioner faculty bring their field-tested knowledge from roles that have included policing, public safety, corrections, and forensics.
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.
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.
Enroll full time or part time in one of our Criminal Justice programs. Browse these or search for other programs using our program finder.
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Focus on armed conflict and how the outcomes of those events shaped civilizations throughout history.
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Develop an understanding of religion’s influence throughout society from a cultural, political, and spiritual perspective.
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Explore criminal law, juvenile and delinquent behavior, security, and terrorism in a post-9/11 world as you develop professional skills necessary for leadership in the criminal justice field.
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Explore the complex correlations between humans, natural resource usage, and the resulting impact on the environment.
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Examine the connection between major historical events—from the death of Louis XIV to the near present day—and the economies, industries, and cultures that exist in Europe today.
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Study management fundamentals pertaining to law enforcement organizations.
Study the science, history, construction, and handling of explosive substances, as well as proper disposal techniques.
Gain the foundational skills and knowledge often required to work with children and families.
Explore how and why fires start, spread, and can be controlled, while advancing your knowledge of fire prevention tactics, protection systems, emergency services, and more.
Study the science, policies, regulations, and technical approaches to managing fish and wildlife across a variety of ecosystems.
Study ecological functions, habitat restoration, and the survivability and management of fish and wildlife populations.
Gain a foundational knowledge of forensics, learning from faculty who bring a wealth of knowledge from professional roles in law enforcement and criminal justice.
Gain a broad knowledge base of homeland security, intelligence analysis, and emergency and disaster management.
Gain foundational knowledge for leading public sector organizations, such as police, fire, and public works departments.
Analyze the current state of homeland security in the United States, while gaining the knowledge and skill typically needed to create measures for protecting public safety.
Evaluate defense tactics for safeguarding our nation against weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, intelligence, and interagency government-related issues.
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Explore infant and toddler development and disorders, while gaining the knowledge and skill typically needed to implement age-appropriate group activities and programs.
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Learn to create cohesive and engaging courses, syllabi, objectives, activities, and classroom management plans for adult learners.
Learn how to gauge and forecast threats to U.S. national security using advanced qualitative analytic procedures, basic modeling, and predictive analysis skills.
Gain comprehensive knowledge of how U.S. intelligence agencies work to guard our global interests and protect national security.
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Enrich your skill set and explore the teaching methods and technology tools suited for today’s ever-evolving virtual, face-to-face, and hybrid instructional settings.
Explore diagnostic approaches for struggling K-12 readers and learn how to create unique instructional and assessment activities.
Explore the financial, educational, legal, and ethical factors that influence the virtual classroom.
Gain the foundational knowledge typically needed to lead a law enforcement agency by studying organizational behavior, budget development, labor relations, strategic planning, and more.
Build understanding of effective supply chain strategies for private- and public-sector organizations.
Advance your knowledge of the models, strategies, and practices often used for coaching individuals and groups to achieve their unique goals.
Develop an in-depth understanding of logistics processes and the role it plays in optimizing supply chain management.
Grow familiar with the word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and communications applications commonly used in a variety of fields.
Compare the structures, functions, capabilities, and activities of national and international security community members.
Discover creative approaches to improve employee performance, manage diversity, and facilitate better learning through coaching
Gain a deeper understanding of leadership, fundraising, government relations, communications, marketing, and finance fundamentals for nonprofits.
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This post-master’s certificate develops skills in leadership, human resource management, and operational quality for those seeking to advance their nursing practice.
Explore organizational crisis management concepts from a leader’s perspective, including organizational change, risk management, processes, and leadership roles in crisis management.
Enhance your problem-solving skills and study the latest management practices for developing high-performance teams and meeting evolving goals in the global business environment.
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Gain the knowledge often needed for professional science leadership, while developing critical thinking, project management, problem solving, and negotiation skills.
Explore the origins of national parks, forests, and refuges, while gaining foundational knowledge that may be applied to various industry fields.
Gain a deeper understanding of real estate principles and practice, real estate law, property management, deeds and leases, insurance, marketing, and negotiation.
Gain the front-office and behind-the-scenes operational knowledge often essential for restaurant management, employment, or ownership.
Focus on the protection of assets while examining the major aspects of physical security, associated threats, and countermeasures.
Learn how to evaluate security programs while advancing your knowledge of industrial espionage, cybercrime, and security asset protection.
Study spaceflight history, space policy, planetary exploration, and more, with a curriculum originally designed by a former NASA astronaut.
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Gain advanced business knowledge often essential for sports marketing agencies, professional sport franchises, recreational services, and more.
Develop the tools and strategies often used for promoting a healthy workplace culture, learning from faculty who bring real-world management experience and knowledge.
Explore strategic military leadership theories, principles, and concepts applied from the mid-20th century through the modern era.
Gain foundational knowledge of international and domestic terrorism, counterterrorism, terrorist weapons, and predictive intelligence methods for preventing terror attacks.
Identify the religious and political motivations that spark violent attacks.
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Develop complex knowledge of World War II, examining the blitzkriegs, campaigns in North Africa and Italy, and the Allied victory in Europe and the Pacific.
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We’ve earned our reputation as a respected leader in online higher education by always making you—the student—our #1 priority.
You’ll be guided by faculty skilled in providing an engaging learning journey rooted in real-world experience from government, Fortune 500 companies, healthcare, defense agencies, technology firms, and the military.
Plan around your work and life responsibilities with courses that are online and feature weekly class schedules with no set login times.
You can quickly turn your ambitions into reality because classes begin every month. Most classes are 8 weeks long.
Bachelor’s degree students can transfer up to 90 credits, and master’s degree students up to 15 credits for previous academic coursework, job experience, professional training, ACE-evaluated training, and credits by exam.
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. Several programs have earned specialty accreditation.
All students have access to our advisors who are available seven days a week, as well as our robust catalog of mental health resources, including TalkCampus, a real-time, professionally monitored peer support app.
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APU does not charge to evaluate and apply eligible transfer credit.
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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military families are eligible for our Preferred Military Rate, which is $250 per credit hour for both undergraduate and master’s-level programs. Eligible family members include parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents.