This program is completely online. No travel to campus is required!
California State University, Sacramento, has been a leader in criminal justice and public safety education in the state since the early 1960s. Our enrollment is in excess of 1,800 undergraduate students and approximately 100 graduate students.
The division of criminal justice is expanding program access through the addition of a new online degree program – a bachelor of science in criminal justice. Although the programs are hosted by Sacramento State, College of Continuing Education, their academic home is in the division of criminal justice at Sacramento State, College of Health and Human Services.
This online program provides flexibility and access to in-service professionals in the criminal justice and public safety fields. This program allows pursuit of a quality degree at a reasonable cost, with the added benefit of networking opportunities and an accelerated format.
Sacramento State’s undergraduate degree in criminal justice program starts with an evaluation of existing coursework. Prospective students receive an evaluation to use as a road map toward degree completion. Applicant’s academic transcripts and professional experience are reviewed by the program coordinator and an academic counselor. Each applicant receives a degree completion plan which details and outlines specific courses and activities he/she must complete to earn the bachelor’s degree.
Candidates must complete all Sacramento State general education and graduation requirements for the degree. Sacramento State provides the upper division coursework required for the major and graduation requirements. Applicants transfer the lower division coursework from another university or community college.
The individualized evaluation process is an important one. Major courses are identified and graduation requirements are defined for each student. The evaluation provides both the student and the advisor with a detailed review of previous coursework, and in effect becomes a learning contract between the university and student.
The program is delivered completely online via SacCT, which is a form of Blackboard. SacCT is an interactive communication tool developed for use with the Internet and education institutions. SacCT allows course structure and material to be tailored per course. Courses are taught by a live faculty member behind the computer screen and are taken with your fellow classmates; therefore, classes do have specific start and end dates as well as assignment deadlines. However, there are not specific days and times (such as Wednesday at 2pm) that you are required to log in - you can log in at a time that is convenient for you during the day or night.
Courses are each approximately 8 weeks long. A student who needs to complete all upper division courses for the major and enrolls in all needed courses each semester can complete the program in approximately two years. Students who transfer course work into the program can complete the program at an accelerated pace.
This online program provides an advanced schedule of offerings to assist students with planning the selection of courses for degree completion. Once admitted, you will receive a schedule of classes to choose from. Program planning, frequent e-mail and telephone contact with an advisor translates to successful degree completion.
For more information contact Nicole Baptista at (916) 278-6007 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The online Criminal Justice program is offered through the College of Continuing Education (CCE) at Sacramento State, which is a self support college. This means that CCE does not receive public funding to run its programs and therefore has a different fee structure than the state-supported main campus programs at Sacramento State. The tuition for this program is a per unit fee, currently at $370 per unit.
Most students qualify for some type of financial aid, usually in the form of student loans. Unless they have defaulted on a previous loan, most students qualify for federal loans, as there are no income restrictions. To qualify for financial aid of any kind, undergraduate students must be admitted to Sacramento State and registered in a minimum of six units in the academic term for which the financial aid is awarded. Because CCE is a self support organization, fee waivers of any kind are not accepted, and some forms of financial aid are not applicable (such as the State University Grant). For more information about Financial Aid options and processes in this program through Sacramento State, please visit http://www.csus.edu/faid/other-study-options/CCE%20Programs.html.
The first step in applying for any type of financial aid (including loans) is to submit a FAFSA. Students may apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and use the Sacramento State school code of 001150.
Courses are taught by Sacramento State faculty who are experts in their respective fields. The division of criminal justice faculty are a diverse group with backgrounds in both the academic and applied areas.
The online criminal justice major is a 60 unit program that includes:
Lower Division Courses (12 units) *The lower division courses are prerequisites and must be completed prior to admission.
CRJ 1 - Introduction to Criminal Justice and Society
Upper Division Courses (24 units)
CRJ 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Research Methods
Elective Courses (24 units)
Elective courses are selected from three of seven areas, including: corrections, law enforcement, investigations, supporting courses, administration, crime theory, law and courts, and special courses (including internships and special problems or directed studies).
Completion of a bachelor’s degree opens up many career opportunities in the criminal justice and public safety arena. Federal, state, local and private agencies have an active interest in employees who can translate their work experience and previous course work into an academic degree. The undergraduate program cultivates real-life skills and resources for professionals who currently work within the criminal justice and public safety fields.
Earning a bachelor’s degree is a major accomplishment and is a stepping stone to graduate education. Many high-level employees of these organizations pursue graduate degrees. Combining the flexibility of online education and the mobility of the criminal justice field creates an unparalleled career enhancement.
The following admissions criteria must be met prior to getting admitted to the program:
All Sacramento State General Education and Graduation requirements will eventually need to be met before you can graduate from Sacramento State; these are just the requirements for admissions for our program. Please view the Sacramento State Catalog online at http://catalog.csus.edu/ to review all degree requirements for graduation.
It can be confusing to look back over your transcripts and determine if you meet these criteria and just as confusing to search through your local community college for classes that might meet these criteria. We highly recommend submitting your application and transcripts ASAP for review so we can assist you in determine what requirements you currently meet, what requirements you still need to work on, and what specific classes we will accept for these requirements as well as the other CSU General Education requirements for graduation.
To apply to the Online Bachelor’s Degree Program in Criminal Justice and receive this transcript evaluation, please submit the initial Departmental Application along with copies of all of your college transcripts to the program coordinator via email, fax, or mail (unofficial copies are acceptable initially; official copies are required once you are formally admitting to the program). Please do not submit a formal application to Sacramento State via CSU Mentor yet; wait until you are instructed to do so. You will receive a full unofficial transcript evaluation which will show you if you meet the admissions criteria or if you need to work on prerequisites first. You will also find out what all you have completed towards your degree that will transfer to Sacramento State, and what all you will have left to complete in order to graduate from Sacramento State. If you do not yet meet the admissions criteria, the program coordinator will provide you with detailed information regarding what specific requirements you still need to meet and will assist you in finding the right classes to take so that you can reapply in the future. If you meet the admissions criteria, you will receive an admissions checklist of what all you need to submit in order to be formally admitted to the program and university. If you decide to enroll in the program, you will be required to complete a California State University Application for Admission. Admission fees will include a $55 CSU Application Fee and a $75 CRJ Application Fee. Typically, fall admissions have a deadline of July 1, and spring admissions have a deadline of December 1.
Eligibility: Students must be admitted to Sacramento State and the online criminal justice program.