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Rise above the competition and reach your goals faster

Enhance your skills and credentials while continuing to protect and serve your community with our BS in Criminal Justice program. A bachelor’s in criminal justice prepares professionals with the skills needed for entry-level positions in law enforcement, corrections, investigation, security, and more.

Why Choose Walden?

DHS-recognized university

Walden is designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

Focus on today's issues

Coursework focuses on cybercrime, restorative justice, and 21st-century policing. An engaging blend of content brings contemporary topics to life.

Hands-on Training

Put concepts and theories into practice through true-to-life scenarios, case studies, and virtual technologies that simulate real crime scenes.

Scholar Practitioners

Benefit from curriculum developed and taught by scholar practitioners with real-life experience in the criminal justice field.


This dedicated online learning track offers support, tuition savings, and resources for those without previous college credit.

Program Savings

Tempo Learning®: Receive up to a $500 Grant and fourth subscription period at no tuition cost based on your progress if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on October 3, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice (AIM)

This concentration allows you to take graduate courses in your bachelor’s degree program that can be applied toward Walden’s MS in Criminal Justice degree program.

Corrections and Human Services

Examine the devastating effects of crime on society, such as the erosion of local communities, economic instability, and drug use.

Crime and Criminal Investigation

Delve deep into the criminal mind and its workings. Explore the investigative process, from collecting evidence to interviewing witnesses.

Also available in Tempo Learning®!

Criminal Justice Management and Administration (AIM)

Explore advanced fundamentals of management and save time and money as you take graduate-level coursework as part of your bachelor’s program.


Get maximum flexibility in your program of study. Choose any four concentration courses from the online BS in Criminal Justice program to create a personalized path to your degree.

Walden Undergraduate Academy

Discover a new bachelor’s education experience for first-time adult college students.

Walden Undergraduate Academy opens new doors for working adults like you and makes earning a degree more achievable than ever before. This dedicated learning experience has an extra layer of support to help you build your confidence and academic skills before you start your online bachelor’s program. You’ll also be eligible for special savings that can make your bachelor’s degree more affordable.


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Program Details

Admission Requirements

Admission is considered for adult students who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are 21 years of age or older.
  • You are less than 21 years of age with at least 12 quarter credits.
  • You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.

More information for international applicants.

Two Ways to Learn

The Crime and Criminal Investigation concentration offers you to choose from two degree completion options that are both designed for working professionals.

The course-based format may be a good option for you if you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule.

Walden University Tempo Learning® Tempo Learning® is an alternative way to earn your Walden degree. It’s different from our standard course-based learning because you can work at a pace that makes sense for you, and progress once you’ve shown you understand a subject. With Tempo Learning®, you have the flexibility of online learning, plus the ability to personalize and control the length, cost, and pacing of your program.

With Tempo Learning, you may be able to complete your BS in Criminal Justice degree in 16 months for under $17,000 with Tempo Learning.*

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* Based on the fastest pace of our top 25% transfer students. Your actual total program time and costs will depend on your individual pace and transfer credits. A student’s pace is usually determined by their experience with the subject, ability to work independently, and available time.

Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM)

Save time and money on your MS in Criminal Justice - Criminal Justice Management and Administration concentration degree by incorporating graduate-level coursework into your bachelor’s program.

Program Outcomes

Climb Higher on the Career Ladder

Walden’s BS in Criminal Justice program prepares you for an exhilarating, rewarding career in law enforcement, homeland security, and many other disciplines. Explore topics that matter in today's criminal justice environment, from ethics and diversity to 21st century policing. Through virtual simulations and other true-to-life learning experiences, you’ll build job-ready skills you can apply immediately to make a positive impact.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning a BS in Criminal Justice?

From leading disaster response efforts to keeping our streets free of crime, criminal justice professionals play a critical role in protecting our nation’s communities. Make a meaningful difference in the lives and safety of others by earning a BS in Criminal Justice from Walden.

What Can I Do With a BS in Criminal Justice?

Many criminal justice agencies now require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in order to be considered for employment. A BS in Criminal Justice can give you the skills and credentials you need to launch your career—or achieve a promotion or salary raise.

Whether you’re already working in the field or switching paths, you’ll be positioned for interesting and fulfilling career roles in:

  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Probation/parole
  • Security or security management
  • Private investigation
  • Fraud investigation
  • Detective

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this online criminal justice bachelor’s program.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s online BS in Criminal Justice program, you will be prepared to:

  • Explain concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and trends in criminal justice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply legal and ethical principles to the criminal justice system.
  • Describe the structure, function, and interaction of key institutions in criminal justice.
  • Discuss the patterns, typologies, and root causes of crime.
  • Apply criminal justice concepts, processes, and practices to social justice and social



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