Criminal justice is a social science that focuses on the definitions, causes, and prevention of crime; legal processes; and the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders.
The IU Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice explores crime, criminals, and the criminal justice system through an interdisciplinary approach that combines legal studies, sociology, political science, psychology, forensic science, public administration, urban studies, and philosophy. You study a myriad of topics related to theories about crime, public policy, law, criminal courts, policing, corrections, juvenile justice, and the practice of criminal justice. As a graduate of the program, you will be well prepared to attend graduate or law school.
Your IU Online BS in Criminal Justice prepares you for such careers as:
- Police officer
- Corrections officer
- Law enforcement teacher or trainer
- FBI, CIA, or Secret Service agent
- Immigration and customs enforcement agent
- US Postal Inspector
- Court clerk
- Crime scene investigator
- Private security officer
- Compliance manager
To graduate with the BS in Criminal Justice, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. A minimum of 36 credits must be taken at the 300 level or above, with at least 18 in the major. No course with a grade below a 2.0 (C) will be accepted in the major/concentration area. You may be able to transfer an associate degree or up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited two-year college and up to 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.
Requirements are broken down as follows:
- General education courses (30 credit hours)
- Criminal justice core courses (27 credit hours)
- Criminal justice elective courses (9 credit hours)
- First-Year seminar (0-3 credit hours)
- Ethics course (3 credit hours)
- Information literacy course (3 credit hours)
- Diversity course (3 credit hours)
- Social work course (3 credit hours recommended)
As an IU Online student, you will receive personalized help and counseling in:
- Onboarding, with just-in-time reference material
- Financial aid, including help finding and applying for loans and scholarships
- Success coaching
- Math and writing tutoring
- 24/7 Call Center
- Career coaching
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
Admissions requirements vary.
To apply to this program:
- Complete application for admission.
- Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 12 credit hours).
- International applicants may be asked for additional materials.
- Submit official transcripts to email@example.com or:
Office of Admissions
Indiana University East
Whitewater Hall, Room 151
2325 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN 47374-1289
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
Cost for Indiana Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $220.03
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $660.09
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $315.35
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $946.05
Additional fees will apply.
Earn a quality education
With more than 120 online degree programs to choose from, Indiana University gives you the opportunity to receive a top-quality education when you want it, where you want it. The faculty who teach our online courses are the same exceptional faculty who teach those courses on our campuses. Whether you're looking for an undergraduate education or want to continue advancing your career with a graduate degree, IU Online’s degree program options have something for everyone.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.