Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Online

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Online

Flexible Online Courses, Rigorous Law Enforcement Training

BS in Criminal Justice | Program Highlights

Northern Michigan University offers an online bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice built with industry professionals for busy students like you. With our in-depth online program, you’ll be prepared for an advanced career in criminal justice while you continue to work and take care of your other life responsibilities. Prepare for a variety of careers in the criminal justice system and set yourself up for advancement in this rewarding field.

Flexible, Rigorous Online Curriculum

Transfer up to 90 Credits

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Learn More About NMU’s Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice

What will you learn in NMU’s Bachelor of Criminal Justice Program?

As a student in the criminal justice online bachelor’s degree program, you’ll learn the advanced processes by which justice is disturbed in our society and understand the functions and operation of our justice system which includes law enforcement, the criminal court system and corrections. You’ll understand the role that individuals play in the dispensation of justice.

  • Policing
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Investigative Interviewing and Interrogation
  • Media and Crime
  • Community-based Corrections
  • Forensic Photography
  • Criminal Law
  • Wildlife Crime
  • Native American Justice
  • Race and Criminal Justice
  • And so much more…

How much does an online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice cost at NMU?

The full program costs vary depending on student status. Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships based on eligibility. A financial aid representative can help you make decisions about how to pay for college. Contact: Financial Aid Office: fao@nmu.edu or 906-227-2327

Criminal Justice Careers

Graduates of NMU’s Online BS in Criminal Justice are prepared for a variety of challenging and fulfilling careers or to continue their education as outstanding grad school candidates. Career opportunities include law enforcement, adult and juvenile corrections, detective, investigator and more. You may find opportunities within federal, state or local agencies.

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Police and Detectives

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Forensic Science Technicians

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Probation Officers and Correctional Specialists

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Online BS in Criminal Justice Admission Requirements

Admission requirements differ depending on the status of the applicant (first-year student, transfer, etc.) and the level of academic program.

First-year/Freshman Applicants:

  • Applicants with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.25 or higher (4.0 scale) and documented high school graduation or GED/equivalency completion will be admitted to NMU.
  • Applicants with a cumulative high school GPA less than 2.25 will need additional review and may be either regularly admitted to the university, conditionally admitted, or admitted with restriction to a specific program.
  • Some academic departments may have additional requirements for admission to specific programs.

Transfer Students

  • Transfer applicants will be admitted if they have achieved a cumulative college GPA of 2.00 or higher in college-level courses taken at all post-secondary institutions attended after high school and are eligible to return to the last institution attended.
  • Transfer applicants with fewer than 12 semester credit hours (or 18 quarter hours) of college-level coursework after high school graduation will be reviewed based on both high school and college performance.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Curriculum

Total Credits Required for Degree 60
General Education 32
EN 111 College Composition I 4
EN 211 College Composition II 4
Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Elective 4
Social Responsibility in a Diverse World Elective 4
Integrative Thinking Elective 4
Human Expression Elective 4
Perspectives on Society Elective 4
Scientific Inquiry Elective 4
Required Courses in Major 24
CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 4
CJ 212 Introduction to Policing or CJ 220 Introduction to Corrections 4
Criminal Justice Electives* 16
General Electives
4


*Other approved CJ course work (e.g., transfer credit or newly approved CJ courses) at the 200-400 level (except CJ 491 Internship), not listed, may be used to satisfy the requirements in the CJ elective area. CJ 491 Internship will count in the general elective area.

Notes:
1.  No more than 4 credits of CJ 191 and/or CJ 298 may be applied toward this degree. CJ 191 and CJ 298 do not apply toward the major in the bachelor’s degree.
2.  This degree requires an overall 2.0 GPA.
3.   All criminal justice courses used in the major require a minimum grade of “C”.

Total Credits Required for Degree
120
General Education
30-40
Required Courses in Major
42
Criminal Justice Core
22
CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 4
CJ 212 Introduction to Policing or CJ 220 Introduction to Corrections 4
CJ 213 Introduction to Criminal Courts 4
CJ 263 Criminology 4
CJ 315 Criminal Procedure 4
CJ 490 Professional Development and Assessment 2
Criminal Justice Electives*
20
Choose from the following. At least 16 credits must be at the 300 level or above.
CJ 214 Criminal Investigation 4
CJ 221 Roles of the Corrections Client 4
CJ 223 Use of Force and Less Lethal Weapons 4
CJ 245 Legal Issues in Corrections 4
CJ 250 Investigative Interviewing and Interrogation 4
CJ 255 Drugs, Crime and the Justice System 4
CJ 273 Environmental Conservation Criminology 4
CJ 285 Race, Crime, and Criminal Justice 4
CJ 295 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 1-4
CJ 308 Media and Crime 4
CJ 322 Institutional Corrections 4
CJ 323 Community-Based Corrections 4
CJ 333 Forensic Photography 4
CJ 340 Firearms and Violence 4
CJ 350 Substantive Criminal Law 4
CJ 370 American Street Gangs 4
CJ 383 Environmental Conservation Law 4
CJ 412 Crisis Intervention and Stress Analysis 4
CJ 414 Advanced Criminal Investigation 4
CJ 426 International Crime and Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 4
CJ 429 Advanced Policing 4
CJ 432 Violent Crime and Victimology 4
CJ 435 Domestic and International Terrorism 4
CJ 440 Discretionary Justice 4
CJ 454 Wildlife Crime 4
CJ 460 Native American Justice 4
CJ 465 Problem Solving in Criminal Justice 4
CJ 470 Liability Law in Criminal Justice 4
CJ 480 Cybercrime 4
CJ 491 Internship in Criminal Justice 4-16
CJ 495 Special Topics in Criminal Justice ** 1-4
CJ 497 Teaching/Research Apprenticeship *** 1-4
CJ 498 Directed Study *** 1-4
Minor 16


*Other approved CJ course work (e.g., transfer credit or newly approved CJ courses) at the 200-400 level, not listed, may be used to satisfy the requirements in the CJ elective area. Up to 4 credits of CJ 491 Internship may count toward the major. Additional CJ 491 credits will count in the general electives area.

**No more than 8 credits of CJ 495 may be counted toward the major.
***No more than 4 credits of CJ 497 and/or CJ 498 may be counted toward the criminal justice major.

Notes:
1. This degree requires an overall 2.0 GPA.
2. All criminal justice courses used in the major require a minimum grade of “C”.
3. CJ 191, CJ 298 do not apply toward the bachelor’s degree program.

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