Online Criminal Justice Degree

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Offered Online?
Classes meet entirely online.

Offered In-Class?
Classes meet face-to-face at our St. Paul campus or other off-campus location.

Offered Blended?
Course work is completed through a combination of in-class and online class meetings.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Course Length: 7 Weeks
Total Credit Hours: 40
Cost Per Credit Hour: $420


best online programsThe Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminal Justice program consists of 40 credit hours and is offered fully online. The online criminal justice degree is designed for busy adult students who are interested in obtaining their degree and require the flexibility of attending class on their schedule.

Concordia has designed the online criminal justice degree for criminal justice system professionals who wish to improve their knowledge and skill sets and also maintain the balance of their career and personal life. The program also gives students a deeper understanding of constitutional law and the administration and organization of criminal justice.

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Returning Student Sem for CJ

This course will provide each student with an opportunity to reflect on their decision to return to college.  Emphasis will be on preparations for their return to college and their development of a learning plan.  Students will focus on time management, organizational skills, and practical writing for criminal justice practitioners.  Extensive time will be devoted to writing fundamentals, such as mechanics, sentence structure, academic and professional prose and APA style.


Information Literacy in CJ

Information today grows exponentially.  This course teaches students to identify information needs in their profession, know and access criminal justice data bases, discern legitimate information, manage the data, and present information in an articulate, professional manner. Students will effectively integrate sources in academic writings using APA style.


Systems Thinking in Crim Just

Given the dynamic complexity of organizations, it is vital that professionals have an understanding of how organizations and systems interact. This course provides the skills to diagnose interactions and engage in finding solutions to problems. Systems thinking serves as one of the threads of continuity running throughout this degree program.


Constitutional Law for CJ

This course will develop the understanding and working knowledge of constitutional law that professionals in this field are expected to have. Students will review constitutional history and basic concepts to understand interpretations of the Constitution by the United States Supreme Court impacting criminal justice, and learn practical research strategies to find law.


Diversity in Criminal Justice

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Philosophy of Values & Ethics

Students examine the issues of accountability in government and business regarding human rights and ethics through readings, discussion and debates.  Exploring both ethical theory and personal values, students develop a system for making ethical decisions in their personal and professional lives.  This course also explores the emotional and physical risks associated with their work and helps develop strategies that will nurture maintaining physical and emotional health.


Inside the Criminal Mind

This course explores theories and research of criminal behavior. Students will examine how past and present understanding of criminals has determined responses of society and the criminal justice system.


Troubled Youth in CJ System

This course explores why and how governments have always treated children differently than adults.  Theories of delinquency and the corresponding responses by society through the criminal justice system are addressed, as are current data, trends and programs.  Students will also explore the challenges facing juvenile corrections in a society that continues to change in demographics, norms, and expectations of criminal justice.


Contemporary Issues in CJ

Current criminal justice related events occurring nationally and locally will provide the scenarios for students to apply the knowledge acquired during this degree program in a thoughtful and scholarly manner.  Students will draw upon their understanding of systems thinking, constitutional law, religion, modern trends, ethics, and individual and community behavior.


Criminal Justice Portfolio

This final course is designed to help learners reflect on all they have done during this degree program.  Students will synthesize all they have learned.  Preparation of a professional and educational portfolio or e-folio will cap the learning experience.  Students will participate in group activities to provide closure to the program.


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2. Final and official transcripts from all previous institutions attended
* If you have attended a MNSCU college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet.  Concordia accepts completed goal areas.
* If you have less than 20 college credits completed, you will need to submit your official high school transcript as well as any college level courses you have taken.

3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below.  Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

What has led you to pursue your undergraduate degree?
What are your long term personal and professional goals?

Technology Requirements
Students enrolling in an adult undergraduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University's technology requirements. Contact Concordia's Help Desk at or 651-641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Start Dates

Spring 2015 Term

Start Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Delivery: Online
Class Day: Tuesday
Chat Time: 6:30-7:15 p.m. CST

*128 credits need to be completed to earn bachelor's degree