Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice


Sacramento State has been a leader in criminal justice and public safety education in California since the early 1960s. Now, we have expanded access to our quality education in criminal justice through this fully online degree program.

This program is offered through a partnership between the  College of Continuing Education and the College of Health and Human Services at Sacramento State.

“As a full time mother and full time employee, I found that CCE’s Criminal Justice program worked out great for me. The program allowed me to study at my own pace — anytime, anywhere.”  

Christina C., Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, spring 2010 graduate


Completion of this 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.


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.

If you are currently a resident of another state, please ensure that your state or territory is on the approved list for Out-of-State Authorizations for Distance and Online Education.


Coursework Evaluation

Prospective students receive an evaluation of existing coursework to use as a road map toward degree completion. Each applicant’s academic transcripts and professional experience are reviewed by the program coordinator and an academic counselor.

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 applicant then receives a degree completion plan which details and outlines specific courses and activities they must complete to earn the bachelor’s degree.

Program Requirements

Students must be admitted to Sacramento State and the online criminal justice program in order to take courses.

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.

Program Delivery

The program is delivered completely online via Canvas. Courses are taught by a live faculty member behind the computer screen and are taken with your fellow classmates.

Online 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 2 p.m.) 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 approximately eight (8) weeks long. A student who needs to complete all upper-division courses for the major and enrolls in a full load of courses each semester may complete the program in approximately two years. Students who transfer upper division course work into the program may complete the program at an accelerated pace.

This online program provides the class schedule in advance to assist students with planning their course selections for degree completion. We find that planning your program schedule and keeping in frequent contact with an advisor often translates to successful degree completion.

This program is delivered completely online. If you live outside of California, click here to determine if Sacramento State has secured authorization or exemption to enroll students from other states in its online programs. 

Program Faculty

Courses are taught by Sacramento State faculty who are experts in their fields. The Division of Criminal Justice faculty are a diverse group with backgrounds in both academic and applied areas. Their academic department is the largest west of the Mississippi River and has the seventh most diverse student enrollment in the country.

Course Listing

Criminal Justice Courses

The online criminal justice major is a 60 unit program.

All fees subject to change.