Criminal Justice (BS/BA)

Program at a Glance

Degree: Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts
College of Arts & Letters: Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice
Cost: $316-345 per credit hour *
Required: 39 credit hours from ODU (120 total)
Learning Environment: Online asynchronousAccess course material online from any location and complete coursework following a defined course schedule.

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Secure a career in public service with an online Criminal Justice degree.

Undergraduate degree in Criminal JusticeThe Criminal Justice degree program facilitates an appreciation of the complexity of criminal justice and allows students to understand the social, legal, and technological aspects of criminal justice agencies.

Students learn from a diverse group of faculty members specializing in criminology and criminal justice who write and lecture on a multitude of exciting topics. The online Criminal Justice degree program includes a variety of courses pertaining to the administration of criminal justice as well as courses on the social and psychological causes of criminal behavior.

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Talk with an advisor to determine how your credits will transfer. The curriculum sheets below can serve as a guide for planning your course of study.

All the online courses for this program are taught by the same high-quality ODU faculty who teach on campus.

Learning Environment

Courses in this program are offered in this technology:

Online Asynchronous: Access course materials online from any location. These courses require little to no synchronous (same-time) scheduled class meetings, but assignments and exams are scheduled by the instructor. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Calculating Cost

Undergraduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $316
Students living outside of Virginia $345
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $874

Rates are effective Fall 2015 and subject to change. Please visit ODU's main Admission & Financial Aid web site for complete tuition details.

For questions about domicile or “in-state” status as it applies to tuition rates, please click here.


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Criminal Justice Careers

If you are interested in helping victims or offenders, our online Criminal Justice degree can lead you to a career involving:

  • Corrections
  • Casework and Counseling
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Probations and Parole
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Court Reporting
  • Legal Assistance and Research
  • Private Security and Consulting
  • Internet and Global Security
  • Loss and Prevention

Admission Information

This is a degree completion program.

Explore Monarch TRANSFERmation to see how courses you've completed may transfer to ODU. To have an advisor review your transcripts, contact your nearest ODU extended classroom site or call 1.800.968.2638.

For this program, you will need to be accepted into ODU as a degree-seeking student.