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Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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The Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at LSU Alexandria through LSU Online offers students a solid foundation of knowledge in the criminal justice system, as well as a wide array of electives, including administration courses, forensics, crime scene investigation, private and industrial security and correctional management. The program can be completed 100% online and offers a balance of theoretical and practical aspects of crime control as they relate to adult and juvenile justice. Students will learn to solve problems and work effectively with other criminal justice professionals and citizens and communicate—both verbally and in writing—in a criminal justice context.

Save Time and Money - Apply your past military and law enforcement training to earn credits towards an Online BS in Criminal Justice through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

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You will have a dedicated concierge assigned to you from the application process to graduation. They are here to offer support along the way so that you can focus on performance in your classes.

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LSUA's online programs provide you the opportunity to synchronously interact with instructors (in real-time) via video conferencing and other technologies in a flexible format that fits your busy schedule. These sessions also allow engagement with course content and build a community among our online students.

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Job Outcomes

On average, students complete the program within four years and pursue careers in fields such as protective services, law and corrections, security management, court administration, and social services.

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Our experienced faculty members are dedicated to providing top-quality education in a convenient online format. These are the same faculty that teach the on-campus courses and are actively engaged in helping students succeed.

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The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. For the BS in Criminal Justice program, you are able to transfer up to 75% of previous credits.

Total credit hours: 120 credit hours

Cost per credit hour (with fees): $291

Total cost with fees, and the maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $8,730

Total cost with fees, no transfer credits and no financial aid: $34,920

Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Concierge for the final program cost.

Course Listings

General Education Courses

  • ENGL 1001: English Composition | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 1002: English Composition II | Credit Hours: 3
  • Gen Ed Fine Arts (Fine Arts, Music, Theater) | Credit Hours: 3
  • CMST 2060: Public Speaking | Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 2055: American History I | Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 2057: American History II | Credit Hours: 3
  • MATH 1021: College Algebra | Credit Hours: 3
  • MATH 2011: General Statistics | Credit Hours: 3
  • MATH 1029: Contemporary Mathematics | Credit Hours: 3
  • Biology and/or Physical Science | Credit Hours: 18
  • POLI 2051: American Government | Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC 2000: Introduction to Psychology | Credit Hours: 3


Major Requirements

  • CJUS 1107: Introduction to Criminal Justice | Credit Hours: 3
  • CJUS 2002: Professional Writing in Criminal Justice | Credit Hours: 3
  • CJUS 2131: Police Process | Credit Hours: 3
  • CJUS 2132: The Judicial Process | Credit Hours: 3
  • CJUS 2216: Corrections Process | Credit Hours: 3
  • CJUS 3025: Ethical Leadership in Criminal Justice | Credit Hours: 3
  • CJUS 3030: Res Meth in Criminal Justice & Criminology | Credit Hours: 3
  • CJUS 3215: Juvenile Delinquency | Credit Hours: 3
  • CJUS 4018: Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice | Credit Hours: 3
  • CJUS 4461: Criminology | Credit Hours: 3


Additional Requirements

  • ENGL 3002: Technical Writing | Credit Hours: 3
  • Psychology 3000/4000 level Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Criminal Justice Electives | Credit Hours: 15
  • Approved Electives (CJUS, CMST, DSEM, ENGL, HIST, POLI, PSYC, SOCL, LSUA 1001) | Credit Hours: 15
  • Free Electives | Credit Hours: 15

Note: Course substitutions will be considered. There are often multiple ways to complete degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

For university acceptance, first-time freshmen must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete high school Core curriculum for college readiness in place at time of high school graduation AND
  • Not be required to take more than one developmental course AND
  • Have a high school grade point average of at least 2.0 AND
  • Meet one of the following:
    • Have an ACT composite of 20 or higher OR
    • Have a high school Core grade point average of at least 2.0


Transfer students to LSU must meet one of the following sets of criteria:

  • Have earned a transferable associate degree or higher OR
  • Have earned at least 18 hours of college-level credit, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 OR
  • Have earned from a community college at least 12 hours of college-level credit, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 OR
  • If the above are not met, meet freshman admission requirements and be in good standing with their previous institution
Why Choose LSUA's Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Program through LSU Online?
  • Build your resume with a top-ranked degree
  • Students finish on average within four years
  • Earn a diploma identical to every LSUA graduate
  • Take advantage of affordable tuition and financial aid options
  • Connect with a global alumni network
  • All faculty are or have been criminal justice practitioners
Career Opportunities
  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Probation and Parole
  • Juvenile Justice Administration
  • Private Sector Security
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Secret Service

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