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Degree Title

Bachelor of Science

Apply by:

April 05

To begin:

May 06


The growing emphasis on homeland security has created an unprecedented demand for criminal justice and security professionals. To help meet the demand for degreed professionals, FIU Online has a fully online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. FIU’s Department of Criminal Justice is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of criminal justice education.

Whether you are interested in a career in law enforcement, private security or corrections, your B.S. in Criminal Justice will provide you with a solid foundation in core issues related to crime and justice. There are numerous career paths to use your newfound knowledge and skills in a variety of local, state and federal agencies, all with excellent job outlooks.

Take the next step. 

FIU provides comprehensive student support to ensure that your online learning experience is the best it can be. You’ll learn from world-renowned faculty and engage with other students through collaborative and interactive technology. You’ll even have your own success coach to provide guidance every step of the way.

  • Why Apply?

    FIU’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice online program prepares students to learn about the procedures of the criminal justice system. Particularly, the Criminal Justice online program reviews criminological theory, the criminal justice system, the constitution, terrorism and public policy. The degree prepares students to work for agencies like the local police departments, CIA, FBI, Secret Service, Homeland Security, Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Marshals. The Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree is also a perfect start for those interested in advanced studies in law and legal studies and those interested in attending law school. This program provides theoretical and practical knowledge in the following areas:

    • Procedures in the criminal justice system

    • Criminological theory

    • The constitution

    • Terrorism

    • Public policy

    Industry Statistics

    The field of criminal justice can open up many career paths that include forensic science, private investigations, corrections management, law enforcement and the legal profession. Continual demand for public safety and heightened security concerns will lead to employment opportunities for police officers and detectives (median annual salary of $55,100) probation officers ($47,000), private detectives ($42,870) and paralegals ($46,480). (All salaries are from May, 2010; Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Courses

    A total of 120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Students must complete all University Core Curriculum, University, and College of Arts, Sciences & Education requirements.  For specific course requirements, visit the Courses tab on this program page.  Students must earn a "C" or better in all Gordon Rule University Core Curriculum courses, College of Arts, Sciences & Education Foreign Language requirement courses and major prerequisites and requirement courses. Students may earn a D- in the rest of their coursework (non-Gordon Rule UCC and electives).

    In addition to the above requirements, students pursuing a B.S. in Criminal Justice must complete the following:

    Core Courses (24 total credits)

    Comparative Criminal Justice Systems CJE 4174
    A comparative study of the major legal traditions (e.g., common law, civil law, socialist law) and analysis of the criminal justice system across the world, including police, courts and corrections.

    Criminal Justice and Public Policy CCJ 4497
    Integrates material learned in the Criminal Justice curriculum and explores criminal justice policy issues.  Assesses the consequences of criminal justice policies on the system and society. 
    Corequisite: Senior standing on criminal justice.

    Criminal Justice and the Constitution CJL 4064
    A case law study of constitutional issues related to the administration of criminal justice.

    Criminological Theory CCJ 4014
    Advanced study and critical appraisal of various theories of crime causation, including an examination and sociological perspective on the etiology of crime.

    Global Terrorism DSC 4012
    Examines the nature and causes of terrorism and the national, regional and global effects of particular terrorist groups focusing on their collective behavior and objectives.

    Measurement and Analysis in Criminal Justice CCJ 4701
    This course explores the current knowledge, trends, and future directions in the measurement and analysis of crime and the criminal justice system. 
    Prerequisite or corequisite: CCJ 4700.

    Research Methods in Criminal Justice CCJ 4700
    Study of basic methods used in criminal justice research. Emphasis on research designs, including experimental, quasi-experimental, and evaluation research. Measurement, sampling, questionnaire construction, and survey research are also covered.

    The Criminal Justice System CCJ 3024
    An examination of the history, organization, and function of the criminal justice system, including police, courts, and corrections.

    Criminal Justice Upper Division Electives (12 credits total)

    Criminal Justice majors are also required to take 4 additional Criminal Justice courses (a total of 12 credit hours).  These courses must be in the 3000/4000 levels. A list of approved electives can be found on each student’s Panther Degree Audit. Please consult your assigned academic advisor for more information regarding these electives.

  • Requirements

    To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

    FIU Admission Requirements

    Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

    Steps to Apply

    Freshman Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application

    • $30 application fee.

    • Official SAT or ACT scores.

    • Official high school transcripts.

    Transfer Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application

    • $30 application fee.

    • Official college transcripts.

    • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

    International Students

    In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

    • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).

    • NACES official course-by-course evaluation and translation of college transcripts.

    • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

    Program Admission Requirements

    • Candidates must first be accepted into the university. Students admitted to Florida International University are admitted directly to their chosen major.

    • Program Completion Requirements

    A total of 120 credits are required to complete the fully online undergraduate degree. Students must complete the University Core Curriculum, University requirements and College of Arts, Sciences & Education requirements while satisfying requirements toward their Criminal Justice major and are expected to make good progress based on critical indicators, such as GPA in specific courses or credits earned. In cases where students are not making good progress, a change of major may be required. The College of Arts, Sciences & Education advisors work to redirect students to more appropriate majors when critical indicators are not met. For specific course requirements, visit the Courses tab on this program page.

    Admission Documents

    To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:

Florida International University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    P.O. Box 659003

    Miami, FL 33265-9003


    FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

    • Faster (All FL public institutions)

    • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)

    • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

    *Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

  • Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree

    To be considered for admission to the combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program, students must have completed at least 75-90 credits in the bachelor’s degree program and meet the admissions criteria for the graduate degree program. Students need only apply once to the combined degree program, but the application must be submitted to Graduate Admissions before the student starts the last 30 credits of the bachelor’s degree program.

    A student admitted to the combined degree program will be considered to have undergraduate status until the student applies for graduation from their bachelor’s degree program. Upon conferral of the bachelor’s degree, the student will be granted graduate status and be eligible for graduate assistantships. Only 5000-level or higher courses, and no more than 12 credits may be applied toward both degrees.

  • Tuition

    We’re thrilled that you’re considering online education and want you to know exactly what to expect for tuition and fees. Education is an investment in your future. Use the following student tuition and fees calculator to determine your costs.

  • Top Faculty

    Rosa Chang
    Dr. Chang’s current research interests include criminalization of immigrants, immigration policies affecting the criminal justice system and immigrants and crime. Additionally, she is presently working on examining methods and strategies to teach the present-day digital students.

    Ryan Meldrum
    Dr. Meldrum’s research interests involve testing and refining theories of juvenile delinquency, with particular attention given to peer associations and self-control during adolescence. His research has appeared in such journals as Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Criminal Justice and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. His most recent research focuses upon the extent to which adolescents provide truthful responses in survey research focusing on delinquency and substance use.


120 Credits Required


$228.81 Per Credit Hour (In-State) + Fees


$345.87 Per Credit Hour (Out-of-State) + Fees


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