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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

  Ethics Course Requirement:

3 hrs

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


Foreign Language Requirement

6 sem. hrs


Multicultural Requirement

3 sem. hrs

  (Courses from this list are noted in the major requirements below with an asterisk.)


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
  HUMS 300View Syllabus Exploring Research or 3 hrs
  PADM 395View Syllabus (POSC 395) Political Science & Public Administration Research Methods OR
  CJAD 425View Syllabus Legal Research and Writing OR
  ANTH 327View Syllabus (PSYC/SOCI 327) Qualitative Research Methods 3 hrs
  PSYC 325View Syllabus (SOCI 325) Quantitative Research Methods
  POSC 340View Syllabus Judicial Process 3 hrs
  SOCI 321View Syllabus Criminology or 3 hrs
  SOCI 331View Syllabus Juvenile Delinquency
  Syllabus Not Available


Behavioral and Social Sciences Electives

6 sem. hrs

  Three semester hours must be Criminal Justice electives. The remaining 3 hours must be from one of the following: Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Human Services, FRSC 305 Forensic Anthropology, FRSC 327 Fingerprint Evidence, or FRSC 445 Forensic Pathology.



22-25 sem. hrs



22-25 sem. hrs


120 sem. hrs

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