online Bachelor of Arts for Criminal Justice Professionals

The online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice offered by American Public University attracts professionals like you seeking advanced law enforcement education with a primary focus on criminology, investigations, law, and community relations.

A wide range of course offerings includes juvenile issues, origins of crime, criminal behavior, corrections and incarceration, investigative procedures and techniques, and forensics. Concentrations such as Maritime Law Enforcement or Organizational Law Enforcement Leadership bring additional areas of focus.

Designed in consultation with industry advisory councils, the curriculum keeps pace with emergent practices to offer relevancy to today’s criminal justice industry. APU’s criminal justice programs are among the most popular at the university, bringing you peer interaction with an expanded network of criminal justice professionals dedicated to safeguarding their communities and nation. Highly credentialed and experienced instructors – many who have served as legal counsel, sheriffs, police chiefs, and military and homeland security leaders – teach courses in this program.

This program is offered in two modalities: a standard classroom option or the Momentum™ competency-based option.

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion.

Available concentrations:

  • General
  • Maritime Law Enforcement
  • Organizational Law Enforcement Leadership

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Momentum™

With APU’s Momentum™ option, instead of attending traditional classes, you’ll focus on learning new competencies at your pace. You can master and move from one competency to the next without waiting for a new term to begin, all while being guided by a faculty mentor and subject matter experts.

The online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program offers the same relevant, accredited curriculum as the traditional degree. Your learning outcomes are the same – the difference is how you learn the material and progress.

Save Time and Money with Momentum

Momentum programs are priced at a flat rate of $2,500 per 16-week term, with all course materials included. This means, the more competencies you complete each term, the more you can save on the total cost of your degree.

Momentum programs are designed for adult students with significant experience in their field who are motivated to study independently. This education option is ideal if you:

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Annual Tuition & Fees*

Annual Tuition & Fees Chart Annual estimates of undergraduate and graduate costs with and without military grant. WITH MILITARY GRANT WITHOUT GRANT Undergraduate (30 credits annually) Graduate (18 credits annually) $8,000 $8,600 $6,150 $6,600 Our tuitionper credit hour $250 Our tuitionper credit hour $270 Our tuitionper credit hour $325 Our tuitionper credit hour $350

*Annual estimates are based on published tuition and technology fees assuming 30 undergraduate or 18 graduate-level semester credit hours.Technology fees are $50 per course and are covered by grants for U.S. active-duty military service members, and for Guard and Reserve personnel when using military tuition assistance.

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51% of our students receive course credit for prior college or work experience.

Transfer Credit Chart Average and maximum transfer credits from associate, bachelor's and and master's degree levels. Average Credits Transferred Toward Degree Total Credits* Associate Bachelor's Master's 20 44 8 64 121 39 *Average number of credits needed to complete your degree program

Book Grant Savings: Ebooks are provided at no cost for students enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

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