Bachelor of Arts inCriminal Justice

Program Details:

  • Credit Hours: 44
  • Course Length: 7 weeks

This program can be taken:

  • Online

Criminal Justice

Concordia has designed the Online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program for working criminal justice professionals and other adults who wish to improve their knowledge and study in a flexible format. This program engages students through a foundational and theoretical framework that is relevant to the real-world challenges of the criminal justice field. With a comprehensive curriculum that guides students in developing analysis, research and critical thinking skills, this program prepares graduates for ongoing success in the workplace.

Learn about how our criminal justice programs have garnered local recognition.

Curriculum Overview


The B.A. in Criminal Justice program consists of 44 credit hours and is offered entirely online. It is designed for busy working adult students who are interested in obtaining their bachelor’s degree and includes both Minnesota POST licensure and non-POST licensure tracks.

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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.

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Elective Courses


  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 based on a 4.0 system.
    • 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 an essay and your official high school transcript as well as any college level courses you have taken.

*120 credits need to be completed to earn bachelor’s degree

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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Proven Results

Concordia’s online and on-campus programs deliver relevant skill sets and real-world career outcomes for professionals in a variety of fields and industries.

95% 95% of CSP grads receive job offers within one year of graduation.

*First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul

$57,736 Highest average salary among MN private school grads (bachelor’s) four years after graduation.

*salary data source:

44% CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average.

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Career Potential

Criminal Justice degree holders can anticipate encountering a job market filled with engaging careers. Whether a student chooses one of the jobs previously mentioned, or decides to become an FBI agent or computer forensic specialist, there are a number of exciting options to consider. Here are a few more possibilities:

• Private Investigator
• Crime Scene Investigator
• Fraud Investigator
• CIA Agent
• Homicide Detective
• Blood Spatter Analyst
• DEA Agent
• Secret Service Agent

The day-to-day work of those in the criminal justice field can be demanding, both physically and emotionally. For example, Secret Service agents and DEA special agents are frequently required to travel, and sometimes on short notice. Often, special agents will have to relocate several times during their career. Some special agents, such as those working in Border Protection, find themselves working outdoors in harsh terrain and weather.

Uniformed police officers, detectives, agents and inspectors oftentimes work long hours, with paid overtime. Shift work ensures around-the-clock protection of the public. As a criminal justice professional gains experience, they’ll find they receive seniority or preference when it comes to weekend, holiday and night work.

Earning Potential and Career Advancement

Two of the most popular careers chosen by criminal justice degree holders are policemen and women and detectives. While salaries will vary depending upon the region, level of experience, size of employer and other factors, the annual wage for these two careers is $56,980, or $27.40 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS projects that policemen and women and detectives can expect an average of five percent job growth by 2022. The rising demand for increased public safety, especially in large cities, will lead to new openings for professionals in this field.

Once graduates are settled in their chosen career, they can continue their education by participating in certification programs. These fascinating programs will give criminal justice professionals a better understanding of areas like intelligence analysis anti-counterfeiting and justice system administration.

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Tuition and Financial Aid Information

Concordia University, St. Paul online provides an affordable educational choice for adult learners. Concordia online offers program credits at a competitive rate.

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