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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.

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    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 is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You can transfer 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: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
    ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and 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
    Any two Math courses6.0-8.0
    Any two Science courses with a lab from any combination of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics8.0
    Program in Criminology and Justice Studies Core Requirements 
    CJS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3.0
    CJS 200Criminology3.0
    CJS 210Race, Crime, and Justice 3.0
    CJS 220Crime and the City3.0
    CJS 260Justice in Our Community3.0
    CJS 261Prison, Society and You 3.0
    CJS 290Crime and Public Policy 3.0
    CJS 375Criminal Procedure3.0
    CJS 376Sentencing3.0
    PHIL 330Criminal Justice Ethics 3.0
    Methods and Analytics Sequence 
    CJS 250Research Methods and Analytics I3.0
    CJS 300Research Methods and Analytics II3.0
    Criminal Justice Thematic Concentration 
    CJS 266Crime Prevention Planning3.0
    CJS 276Introduction to Computer Crime3.0
    CJS 278Introduction to Law Enforcement3.0
    CJS 280Communities and Crime 3.0
    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 289 Terrorism 
    CJS 295International Field Experience  
    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 T390Special Topics in Criminology and Justice Studies  
    CJS I399Independent Study  
    PSCI 229Theories of Justice  
    Free Electives42.0
    Total Credits182.0-184.0


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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 Completing Your Application 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 2016-2017 is $479 per credit. (A 40% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $798 per credit)

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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