Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Build your career in the growing market of criminal justice.

Gain knowledge of the processes, procedures, and substantive facets of the criminal justice profession. Engage in a theoretical and practical curriculum, and develop your knowledge of theories and concepts in criminal and constitutional law, criminal psychology and behavior, social issues in criminal justice, juvenile justice, ethics, domestic and international terrorism, and research methodology. This program is aimed at people who want to pursue careers in settings such as law enforcement, business, education, consulting, psychology, health care, and human services.

Outcome goals and graduates’ proficiency levels

We have not yet collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this program.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice specialization

  • Criminal Justice

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program has professional partnerships with the FBI National Academy, NSA, Department of Homeland Security, and International Association of Emergency Managers.
  • Capella University has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity (CAE IA/CD) for academic years 2014-2021.
  • The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) report shows that Capella seniors score significantly higher in critical thinking and written communication compared to seniors from non-proprietary and other proprietary institutions. The full CLA+ report is available.

Expected Program Outcomes for All Specializations

  1. Apply an ethics-centered, evidence-based analysis to complex situations encountered by criminal justice practitioners.
  2. Explain the antecedents and consequences of crime in the broader context of interdisciplinary knowledge.
  3. Integrate theoretical, scientific, and practical methods in application to solve problems relevant to criminal justice.
  4. Describe effective conflict resolution techniques for culturally diverse group interactions.
  5. Assess the ethical, community-focused leadership skills required for successful criminal justice practitioners in a wide range of interactions.
  6. Employ the professional communication skills expected of a criminal justice practitioner.

This program is not designed to prepare graduates for employment as law enforcement or peace officers. The qualifications to become a law enforcement or peace officer vary; learners should check their state's certification process and requirements.

Bachelor of Science Program Graduates

Data from graduates from all Bachelor of Science programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Job Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.


Career & Professional Accomplishments Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

Bachelor of Science Program Graduates

Data from graduates from all Bachelor of Science programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.


Improvement in Skills and Abilities Bachelor's  Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2015 - Q2 2016.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2014 and June 2015. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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