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bachelor's degree

bachelor of science in criminal justice administration

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4 years

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register by: jan 6, 2021

get ready to serve your community — and your career. our bachelor of science in criminal justice administration gives you skills to prepare for administrative responsibilities in law enforcement, criminal courts and corrections. and courses are just 5 weeks long, so they won’t get in the way of your busy life.

you'll learn how to:

  • conduct all elements of criminal procedure, including search, seizure, pretrial and trial processes

  • manage emergency responses across multiple agencies

  • develop strategies for fighting organized crime

  • explore issues inherent to juvenile arrest, sentencing and incarceration

  • recognize relationships between crime and justice, ethics and cultural diversity



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your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a bachelor of science in criminal justice administration. please note that on campus students are required to physically attend class one day a week, typically from 6-10 pm.

depending on your location, this program may be offered as blended. this means you’ll start at a local campus* to complete your general education courses, and then transition to online learning for your core program courses.

*during covid-19, while our campuses are temporarily closed, your local campus classes will be held virtually so you can get face-to-face learning at home.

what you'll learn

when you earn your bachelor of science in criminal justice administration you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

topics covered in this degree include:

  • criminal law
  • grant writing
  • budget, finance and planning
  • interagency communication
  • cultural diversity

program purpose statement

the university’s criminal justice programs are educational degree programs. for those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, corrections or as a peace officer with any particular local, state, federal, tribal or international agency, there are numerous additional qualifications (and often disqualifications), depending on the position. before enrolling in a criminal justice program, potential students are highly encouraged to check with the relevant agency for a complete list of position requirements. the university makes no representations regarding whether any particular university program will qualify a graduate for any such position.

careers & Outcomes

what can you do with a bachelor of science in criminal justice administration?

a bscja can prepare you to be a: 

  • detective sergeant
  • police sergeant
  • sergeant
  • loss prevention manager
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according to the bureau of labor statistics, job growth for first-line supervisors of police and detectives is projected to be average between 2018 and 2028. 


paying for school

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keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. that’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

earn your degree without starting from scratch

on average, students with prior eligible college credits and relevant life experience saved  $11k and 1 year on their undergratuate degree.

up to $1 million a month in available scholarships
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credit transfer made easy
graduate faster by transferring in prior eligible credits from another accredited institution.

get credit for what you already know
earn your degree without starting from scratch. have previous relevant work and life experience evaluated for potential credit. if you have military or law enforcement training, such as peace officer standards and training (post), basic corrections academy training or federal bureau of investigation national academy training, you can apply to have that experience evaluated for up to 30 credits.


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university of phoenix is accredited by the higher learning commission (hlc), since 1978, university of phoenix has been continually accredited by the higher learning commission and its predecessor.

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while widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. please check with a university enrollment representative.