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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration

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Online tuition  at cc $260 per credit hour. Online at University of Phoenix is $510 per credit hour.


Comparison based on the cost of an online, Bachelor of Science in Business Degree at University of Phoenix, and an online, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at Columbia College. Comparison costs for University of Phoenix do not include fees, and assume the cost of the degree based on 120 credit hours. Reported tuition costs represent an average of the cost for upper level ($610) and lower level ($410) courses as advertised on University of Phoenix’s website on March 6, 2015. The tuition cost listed for Columbia College does not include fees and represents the cost of 120 credit hours, which is the number of credit hours required to complete the online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
The Criminal Justice Administration Program is designed to permit the pursuit of different professional career goals while integrating the general study of criminal justice and law with other relevant disciplines. A degree in criminal justice administration prepares students for entry-level employment in the field, for promotion and leadership roles and for graduate study. The program provides career enhancing opportunities through practicum and internship opportunities. It provides an excellent academic foundation for students planning to go on to graduate studies or law school. Two baccalaureate degrees are offered in Criminal Justice Administration: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science. Students considering either a BS or BA degree should consider their own experience in the criminal justice area. For students currently working in the criminal justice field the BA is recommended. For those desiring to enter the field, the BS degree is recommended; the BS degree offers practicum and internship experiences that add to the student's understanding of the criminal justice career area.

Degree Requirements


General Education Requirements

38-41 sem. hrs

  For a complete list of general education courses click here. For additional information on general education requirements click here.
  Ethics Course Requirement:

3 sem. hrs

  CJAD 345View Syllabus Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice or 3 hrs
  PHIL 330View Syllabus Ethics 3 hrs


Foreign Language Requirement

6 sem. hrs

  For information on how to fulfill the foreign language requirement click .


Multicultural Requirement

3 sem. hrs

  All courses that meet this requirement can be found here.


Core Requirements

42 sem. hrs

  All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.
  CJAD 101View Syllabus Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration 3 hrs
  CJAD 301View Syllabus Criminal Law 3 hrs
  CJAD 311View Syllabus Police in a Democratic Society 3 hrs
  CJAD 320View Syllabus Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice* 3 hrs
  CJAD 325View Syllabus Juvenile Justice System and Procedures 3 hrs
  CJAD 345View Syllabus Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice 3 hrs
  CJAD 350View Syllabus Corrections and Penology 3 hrs
  CJAD 405View Syllabus Laws of Criminal Evidence 3 hrs
  CJAD 415View Syllabus Criminal Procedures 3 hrs
  CJAD 451View Syllabus Management of Criminal Justice Agencies 3 hrs
  CJAD 495View Syllabus Integrative Seminar 3 hrs
  Syllabus Not Available
  HUMS 300View Syllabus Exploring Research or 3 hrs
  PADM 395View Syllabus Political Science & Public Administration Research Methods or 3 hrs
  POSC 395View Syllabus Political Science & Public Administration Research Methods or 3 hrs
  CJAD 425View Syllabus Legal Research and Writing or 3 hrs
  PSYC 327View Syllabus Qualitative Research Methods or 3 hrs
  SOCI 327View Syllabus Qualitative Research Methods or 3 hrs
  ANTH 327View Syllabus Qualitative Research Methods 3 hrs
  POSC 340View Syllabus Judicial Process 3 hrs
  SOCI 321View Syllabus Criminology or 3 hrs
  SOCI 331View Syllabus Juvenile Delinquency 3 hrs


Behavioral, Forensic, and Social Sciences Electives

6 sem. hrs

  Three semester hours must be Criminal Justice electives. Forensic Science courses are only available at Day Campus. The remaining 3 hours must be from one of the following:
  Human Services
  Political Science
  FRSC 305View Syllabus Forensic Anthropology 3 hrs
  FRSC 327View Syllabus Fingerprint Evidence 3 hrs
  FRSC 445View Syllabus Forensic Pathology 3 hrs


Electives (without CSI certificate)

22-25 sem. hrs


Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation (Optional)

15 sem. hrs


Total Semester Hours

120 sem. hrs

  Candidates for the baccalaureate degree with a major in Criminal Justice must pass, with a grade of C or higher, CJAD 495 - Integrative Seminar 3 hours, as a culminating evaluative experience.

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