Bachelor of Science in Corrections

According to the American Jail Association there are over 3,000 jail facilities across the county and approximately 150 federal correctional institutions nationwide. It’s estimated these institutions facilitate care for over 6.5 million individuals.

This program is designed to build your knowledge and skill sets in areas such as:

  • How prisons and rehab facilities function, including their hierarchies, regulations, and communications systems
  • Security factors such as procedures and institutional policies, inmate protection, riot control, disarming weapon-bearing prisoners, social and facility disturbance management, and hostage negotiation
  • Treatment opportunities available for offenders, treatment conditions upon release, counselors in corrections, community supervision, and training requirements
  • The ethical and legal aspects of corrections with an overview and discussion on what is working in the field and what is not

Professors in this degree program are skilled corrections professionals, who bring real-world knowledge to the courses they teach.

Completion of our online Bachelor of Science in Corrections program can prepare you to pursue a career such as*:

  • Adult or juvenile corrections officer
  • Probation and parole officer or counselor
  • Leadership and legal associated roles within corrections

At this time, residents of Minnesota may not enroll in the online Bachelor of Science in Corrections program.

Bachelor of Science in Correction Program Highlights

Individuals with an advanced education can enhance their career options and opportunities within this increasingly competitive industry. 

Kaplan University’s corrections bachelor’s degree program was developed with the help of industry thought leaders who are active participants in organizations such as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). ACJS is a national organization focused on developing best practices within criminal justice and has established standards on which Kaplan University’s curriculum is based. 

Following the recommendations of ACJS, along with knowledge from our industry experts, our program is designed to meet a high academic standard—one that provides graduates with relevant skills and knowledge that can be applied in their chosen career.

Program curriculum includes comprehensive study that ranges from foundational classes such as composition, math, and sociology to the legal aspects of corrections, leadership within corrections, offender treatment and rehabilitation, as well as operational and technological aspects of corrections. Students will also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the day-to-day operations and functions of the criminal justice system.

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Our Tuition Cap Lowers the Cost of Your Education

At Kaplan University, we are constantly searching for ways to help students seek a brighter future, and that includes making sure our tuition costs are as low as possible. That is why we are introducing the Kaplan University Tuition Cap.

How it works: When you enroll in a participating Tuition Cap program at Kaplan University, your tuition will be capped, ensuring that you only pay a fixed amount for your education. Once you hit your cap, you will no longer have to make any payments for the rest of your education at Kaplan University, even if you have to retake a course, as long as you meet and maintain all enrollment requirements for the Kaplan University Tuition Cap program. 

Why it helps: Not only will you know exactly how much your education will cost when you enroll, but our Tuition Cap will also help you save 33%* off the total cost of your tuition. It’s part of our promise to help make college education more accessible and more affordable. Click here for answers to commonly asked questions.

*Students in Maine can receive a 22% savings off the full tuition. Enrollees in programs eligible for Tuition Cap pricing will pay the same tuition cost per quarter credit hour and fees as for other undergraduate programs/enrollees plus $200 per-term administrative fee and other fees. The total cost of the program, though, will be capped, other than applicable background check and/or lab fees. Savings based on the difference between capped and noncapped programs for 180 or 90 credits for bachelor’s or associate’s degrees, respectively. Students who receive transfer credit typically study for significantly fewer terms and do not receive maximum savings. Contact an Admissions Advisor for details.

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Accelerated Master's Degree Option

Interested in continuing on to pursue a graduate degree? Our flexible degree pathways allow you to work toward any of the following Kaplan University master’s degrees while you earn your bachelor’s degree: 

  • Master of Public Administration 
  • Master of Science in Human Services 
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies 
  • Master of Science in Psychology 

Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Speak to an Education Advisor for more details upon enrollment in this bachelor’s degree program.

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Student Life Opportunities for Criminal Justice Students

Kaplan University is one of the largest providers of public safety programs,  which offers you an excellent opportunity to build and enhance your career network with fellow students and employers. You can also develop relevant insight, knowledge, and skills in your chosen field through:

  • The Criminal Justice Club—an opportunity to network with experts in the field and other students interested in criminal justice.
  • Employer spotlight fairs that include Q&A sessions with employers-employers speak to students via webcast about positions at their companies
  • Professors who are criminal justice and criminology professionals themselves, offering you real-world perspective in several disciplines including law,  law enforcement, corrections, forensics and leadership of others within the profession. 
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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

Earning your Bachelor of Science in Corrections at Kaplan University can prepare you to pursue diverse career opportunities in this field.* Graduates can consider career paths in corrections, community and court probation, parole, and other responsive correction specializations such as sexual abuse response and child protection services.

Other possible career titles could include the following-note, however, that local, state and federal correctional/probation officer jobs may require additional training or education. You should fully research the requirements of any such position you intend to seek:

  • Correctional treatment counselor
  • Juvenile correctional officer
  • Probation officer
  • Juvenile probation officer
  • Parole agent
  • Youth corrections case worker
  • Probation counselor

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.



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October 18, 2017



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November 08, 2017



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December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

Program curriculum includes comprehensive study that ranges from foundational classes to the legal aspects of corrections, leadership within corrections, and offender treatment and rehabilitation. Courses include:

  • Probation and Parole
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Corrections in the Twenty-First Century
  • Correctional Administration
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Correctional Alternatives
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits88
  • Elective Credits59
  • Total Credits180

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

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$45,000 maximum cost of attendance
180 number of credits

View Tuition Cap FAQs. The Kaplan University Tuition Cap may not be used in conjunction with any Kaplan University tuition reductions, including military spouse reductions. Military servicemembers and veterans are not eligible for the Kaplan University Tuition Cap.

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*Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Local, state, and federal correctional/probation officer jobs and law enforcement positions may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond Kaplan University's degree. You should fully research the requirements of any such position you intend to seek prior to enrolling in your program. Graduates of Kaplan University criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.

ACJS does not accredit university programs.

While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.