Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Protecting Society Is More Than a Career; It's a Calling

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to offer a strong foundation of professional skills and criminal justice knowledge. In this program, you will have an opportunity to gain an understanding of the U.S. criminal justice system; explore the methods and techniques used in the field; examine the development of criminal law; and more

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Military Police 31B

Kaplan University recognizes the value of your military training and the need for an efficient path to a degree. Your military police occupation could translate into a maximum of 62% of the credit needed toward a bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Kaplan University*:  

 Skill Level  Courses Remaining
10+ 25
20 25
30 19
40 16
50+ 14

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Kaplan University’s criminal justice program is designed to offer a strong foundation of professional skills and criminal
justice knowledge while allowing students to specialize in an area of interest. The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice focuses on the following knowledge and abilities: 

  • An overview of the U.S. criminal justice system, its agencies, and the issues and challenges facing the system
  • In-depth knowledge of criminology theory, including causes of crime and discipline-specific evaluation of human behavior
  • Analytical skills such as the ability to use scientific methods of inquiry to arrive at reasoned decisions

Program Highlights

In addition to a providing a broad liberal arts education, this baccalaureate program combines professional skills training with courses designed to help you develop a solid foundation of criminal justice knowledge. In this program you will have an opportunity to:

  • Gain an understanding of the philosophy and development of the U.S. criminal justice system, its agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges they face 
  • Explore applied research methods and techniques used in the field 
  • Examine the development of criminal law, elements and types of criminal offenses, and principles of criminal culpability 
  • Complete a capstone project to demonstrate your ability to apply the critical thinking skills and concepts you study online to real-world criminal justice scenarios

What Are the Career Opportunities?

With a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, you may qualify for employment opportunities related to computer crime, counterterrorism, crime scene investigation, detention, fraud investigation, homeland security, juvenile justice and detention, law enforcement, parole and probation, prisons, private investigations, or public safety.Additional opportunities may be found in corporate, government, or private security.


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*Based on a member of the military who transfers in the maximum amount of quarter credit hours: 65 for medical MOS, 60 for military police and information technology MOS, 50 for combat arms MOS, 55 for paralegal specialist MOS, 45 for recruiter MOS. Coursework reduction reflects an educational mapping based on the completion of the standard courses required for rank advancement as well as credit for occupation duties. Credit awards have service-level requirements. Exact transfer amount may vary depending on completed military courses and occupations as listed on your official Joint Service Transcript(s). State-specific requirements, as listed in catalog.kaplanuniversity.edu, may apply. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible to transfer.

Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs 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.