Rise above the competition and reach your goals faster with a bachelor’s in criminal justice online from Walden.

Enhance your skills and credentials while continuing to protect and serve your community with our BS in Criminal Justice program. A bachelor’s in criminal justice prepares professionals with the skills needed for entry-level positions in law enforcement, corrections, investigation, security, and more.

Why Pursue Your Online BS in Criminal Justice With Walden?

  • Choose a DHS-recognized university: : Walden is designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.
  • Prepare for today’s criminal justice landscape: Coursework focuses on cybercrime, restorative justice, and 21st-century policing. An engaging blend of content brings contemporary topics to life.
  • Gain practical experience through “hands-on” training: Put concepts and theories into practice through true-to-life scenarios, case studies, and virtual technologies that simulate real crime scenes.
  • Learn from subject matter experts: Benefit from curriculum developed and taught by scholar practitioners with real-life experience in the criminal justice field.

You’ve Got Choices

Choose from three degree completion options, depending on your schedule and education goals:

  • Course-based: If you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule, the course-based format may be a good option for you.
  • Competency-based: Choose this format if you prefer a flexible learning experience with no set weekly deadlines, allowing you to make progress at your pace, on your schedule. Note: This option is only available in our Crime and Criminal Investigation concentration.
  • Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM): Earn up to 20 master’s-level credit hours as an undergraduate, saving you time and money on your MS in Criminal Justice degree. Note: This option is only available in our Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Management and Administration concentrations.

Special Savings for Law Enforcement Professionals

If you’re a certified law enforcement officer, you’re eligible for a 20% tuition reduction for the life of your Walden program.

Get Credit for What You Already Know

If you graduated from a police academy, you may be able to transfer up to 30 credits for courses completed. You can also take a prior learning assessment to earn credits applicable toward your bachelor’s in criminal justice online degree.


Crime and Criminal Investigation


Explore the cognitive, behavioral, and psychological drivers of criminal behavior. Learn the components of a criminal investigation. This concentration is ideal for law enforcement officers already working as a detective—or for those who want to become investigators and climb the ranks to sergeant.

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Take Charge of Your Future

You always put others before yourself. Now, we’d like to help you reach your goals with a bachelor’s in criminal justice online. We’re excited to welcome you to our vibrant learning community—and we’re ready to support you at every step. Get started today.

Climb Higher on the Career Ladder

Walden’s BS in Criminal Justice program prepares you for an exhilarating, rewarding career in law enforcement, homeland security, and many other disciplines. Explore topics that matter in today's criminal justice environment, from ethics and diversity to 21st century policing. Through virtual simulations and other true-to-life learning experiences, you’ll build job-ready skills you can apply immediately to make a positive impact.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s online BS in Criminal Justice program, you will be prepared to:

  • Explain concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and trends in criminal justice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply legal and ethical principles to the criminal justice system.
  • Describe the structure, function, and interaction of key institutions in criminal justice.
  • Discuss the patterns, typologies, and root causes of crime.
  • Apply criminal justice concepts, processes, and practices to social justice and social

What’s the Career Impact of Earning a BS in Criminal Justice?

From leading disaster response efforts to keeping our streets free of crime, criminal justice professionals play a critical role in protecting our nation’s communities. Make a meaningful difference in the lives and safety of others by earning a BS in Criminal Justice from Walden.

What Can I Do With a BS in Criminal Justice?

Many criminal justice agencies now require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in order to be considered for employment. A BS in Criminal Justice can give you the skills and credentials you need to launch your career—or achieve a promotion or salary raise.

Whether you’re already working in the field or switching paths, you’ll be positioned for interesting and fulfilling career roles in:

  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Probation/parole
  • Security or security management
  • Private investigation
  • Fraud investigation
  • Detective

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this online criminal justice bachelor’s program.

Interesting Facts

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 37,500 jobs for police and detectives are projected to be added by 2028.1
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According to the BLS, jobs for police and detectives are expected to grow by 5% through 2028.1

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Police and Detectives. National long-term job growth projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.


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