The online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice offered by the University attracts professionals seeking advanced U.S. law enforcement education with a primary focus on criminology, investigations, law, and community relations. The University is a leader in online education and this popular degree provides industry professionals the ability to earn a career-relevant bachelor’s degree while still maintaining their professional and personal responsibilities.
Through this innovative program, students can focus on specific areas of interest that include juvenile issues, origins of crime, criminal behavior, corrections and incarceration, investigative procedures and techniques, and forensics. Additionally, students have the flexibility to choose from three primary concentrations: General, Maritime Law Enforcement, and Organizational Law Enforcement Leadership.
The University assesses its curriculum by consulting with industry advisory councils to verify that students are acquiring the latest knowledge and keeping pace with emerging practices. They learn valuable skills and techniques commonly employed in various criminal justice and related organizations. Students are part of a supportive network of public-serving professionals who share the same vision for safeguarding their communities. Classes are taught by practitioner instructors, many who have served as sheriffs, legal counsel, police chiefs, and military and homeland security leaders.
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The University’s B.A. in Criminal Justice has been awarded a Best Buy award from GetEducated.com. Degrees are ranked by analyzing tuition and fees at regionally accredited distance universities in the U.S.
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|2011-2012 Program Completion Rate|
|Normal time to completion for full-time student||4 years|
|Graduates who completed in this time1||62%|
|Tuition & Fees as of January 1, 2013||Median Loan Debt of 2011-2012 Graduates|
(before any awarded transfer credit)
|Technology fee2||$50||Private educational loans||$0|
|Transfer Credit Evaluation fee3 |
|$50||Institution financing plan||$0|
|Books and supplies4||$0|
|On-campus room and board||Not applicable|
1 Data may be “not available” if the program has no graduates during reporting period or if it has not been in existence the normal time for completion. If 0%, then graduates in the reporting period took longer than the average time, usually because they were part-time students. 91% of our students are working adults and do not take a full-time course load.
2 A $50 Technology Fee will be charged for all future undergraduate and graduate level course registrations, including audited courses. The fee is not applicable for Comprehensive Exam courses. An APUS grant will cover the fee for Active Duty Military, Reservists, National Guard, Vocational Rehabilitation (VOCA), VA and VA Chapter 33 students, and anyone using military tuition assistance (TA).
3 Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee waived for all United States Active Duty Military, Guard, and Reserve personnel.
4 The undergraduate book grant provides textbooks, e-books, and other course materials at no cost to students for courses being taken for academic credit. Students must obtain their own software when required for a course or program.
5 This figure does not include PLUS loans or TEACH grants converted to Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans.
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American Public University System (APUS) makes no representation or guarantee that successful completion of an APUS program or coursework will result in employment within a particular field. Many employers take into account various criteria, in addition to education, when determining eligibility for employment. To assist our students in their career search, the APUS Office of Career Services provides students and alumni a variety of tools, resources, information, and guidance to assist them as they pursue their life goals.