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  • BS in Criminology and Justice Studies


    Drexel's accredited online Criminal Justice program goes beyond the narrow "police science" focus of many programs, offering a rigorous academic foundation supplemented by specialized coursework that prepares you for a wide range of professional positions or for graduate study. You'll gain a strong background in criminology, the study of crime and criminal behavior, as well as an understanding of the history, structure, administration, policies, and procedures of the agencies of crime control and criminal justice, including law enforcement, corrections, and the judiciary.

    Program Features

    • The program can be completely fully online at your own pace
    • The curriculum draws on the strengths of a range of many programs from philosophy to sociology, psychology, legal studies, political science, information science, chemistry, bioscience and biotechnology, and computer science, including the computer-based skills, technological expertise, and biochemical/biotechnological knowledge that are increasingly important to the operation of the agencies of the modern criminal justice system
    • Preparation for 21st-Century careers in criminal justice, private security, the legal profession, or for graduate study in criminal justice or associated disciplines, including forensic science and computer science.

    This program is only available on a part-time basis.

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program allows transfer of up to 135 quarter credits (equivalent to 90 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes.

    General Requirements 
    ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
    COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
    ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
    ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
    ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
    PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
    PSCI 100Introduction to Political Science4.0
    PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
    SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
    English Elective (any ENGL course over 200-level)3.0
    Fine Arts Elective3.0
    History Elective3.0
    UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
    UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
    CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
    Math: Select one of the following sequences:8.0
    Analysis Sequence 
    MATH 101
      & MATH 102
    Introduction to Analysis I
       and Introduction to Analysis II
    Calculus Sequence 
    MATH 121
      & MATH 122
    Calculus I
       and Calculus II
    Science: Select one of the following sequences:8.0
    Biology Sequence 
    BIO 107
      & BIO 108
      & BIO 109
      & BIO 110
    Cells, Genetics & Physiology
       and Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory
       and Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
       and Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
    Chemistry Sequence 
    CHEM 111
      & CHEM 112
    General Chemistry I
       and General Chemistry II
    Program in Criminology and Justice Studies Core Requirements 
    CJS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3.0
    CJS 204Criminology3.0
    CJS 210Race, Crime, and Justice 3.0
    CJS 220Crime and the City3.0
    CJS 260Justice in Our Community3.0
    CJS 290Crime and Public Policy3.0
    CJS 375Criminal Procedure3.0
    CJS 376Sentencing: The History, Necessity and Morality of Punishment in America3.0
    CJS 390CO-OP Integration in Criminology and Justice Studies1.0
    PHIL 330Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice3.0
    Methods and Analytics Sequence 
    CJS 250Research Methods & Analytics I3.0
    CJS 300Research Methods and Analytics II3.0
    Criminal Justice Thematic Concentration 
    CJS 261Prison, Society and You 3.0
    CJS 266Crime Prevention Planning3.0
    CJS 276Introduction to Computer Crime3.0
    CJS 278Introduction to Law Enforcement3.0
    CJS 289Terrorism3.0
    CJS 360Juvenile Justice3.0
    CJS 374Restorative Justice3.0
    Program Electives 
    Complete 10 of the following courses:30.0
    CJS 265
    Criminal Investigation 
    CJS 273
    Surveillance, Technology and the Law 
    CJS 274
    Sex, Violence & Crime on the Internet 
    CJS 275
    Issues in Domestic Violence 
    CJS 280
    Communities and Crime 
    CJS 301
    Methods and Analytics III 
    CJS 302
    Advanced Criminological Theorizing 
    CJS 320
    Comparative Justice Systems 
    CJS 330
    Crime Mapping Using Geographic Information Systems 
    CJS 335
    Intelligence-Led Decision-Making 
    CJS 362
    Gender, Crime and Justice 
    CJS 365
    Computer Investigation and the Law 
    CJS 366
    Technology and the Justice System 
    CJS 372
    Death Penalty - An American Dilemma 
    CJS 373
    Environmental Crimes 
    CJS 377
    Intellectual Property Theft in the Digital Age 
    CJS 380
    Special Topics 
    Free Electives42.0
    Total Credits183.0


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    Admissions Criteria

    • A minimum of 24 previous college credits with a grade of C or better

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $457 per credit. (A 40% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $761 per credit)

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2015     

    September 21, 2015

    December 5, 2015

    December 7, 2015

    December 12, 2015

    Winter 2016 

    January 4, 2016

    March 14, 2016

    March 15, 2016

    March 19, 2016

    Spring 2016 

    March 28, 2016

    June 6, 2016

    June 7, 2016

    June 10, 2016

    Summer 2016 

    June 20, 2016

    August 29, 2016

    August 30, 2016

    September 3, 2016

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