Online Criminal Justice Programs

Earn an Online Criminal Justice Degree.

Criminal Justice is a diverse career field offering rewarding careers and several avenues for servant leaders to make a positive impact in and around their communities. A degree from Bluefield University is your opportunity to go further. Our Christ-centered learning community will support your development as a servant leader while fulfilling your calling. Our powerful programs equip you with the foundational skills necessary to transform your career. 

Criminal Justice (BS)

Justice Administration (MBA)

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Degree

Time to Complete: 12 months*
Credits: 120
Format: Online
$395 per credit hour (Financial Aid available)

Whether you are interested in leading your local police force, working in corrections, conducting criminal investigations, or preparing for law school, the B.S. in Criminal Justice (CRJ) program helps you build the skills needed to be successful. Learn the research, analytical, and communication skills needed to work in complex criminal justice careers. Your studies will include courses in criminology, psychology of criminal behavior, minority issues in criminal justice, and theories on social deviance. All students will have the opportunity to receive practical experience through a CRJ internship, and you may be able to earn up to 30 hours of college credit for any previous military or police training you have completed.

Follow your dream of a career serving your community with an online criminal justice degree from Bluefield University, where the central focus of your studies is becoming a compassionate leader.

* Time to complete is a measurement of the major requirements for this degree. Transfer and prior learning credits are required to complete this program in 12 months

Master of Business Administration (MBA – Justice Administration)

Graduate Degree

Time to Complete: 10 months
Credits: 30
Format: Online
$495 per credit hour (Financial Aid available)

Are you interested in becoming a public safety leader in your community? The MBA in Justice Administration blends business and criminal justice courses that teach students to lead organizations within the field. You will gain foundational knowledge about human resources, financial management, and data analysis which are essential to lead public organizations. Combining this business knowledge with courses in crisis management, public policy, and law enforcement will enhance your ability to solve complex problems and respond to a rapidly changing environment.

Building upon your undergraduate courses or what you have learned in your work life, our 30-credit MBA program helps you move ahead more quickly with completion in as little as 10 months.

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Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


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