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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.

    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.

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    This program is only available on a part-time basis.

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    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 101 Introduction to Cultural Diversity 3.0
    COM 150 Mass Media and Society 3.0
    ENGL 101
    or ENGL 111
    Composition & Rhetoric II: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
    English Composition II
    ENGL 102
    or ENGL 112
    Composition & Rhetoric II: Advanced Research & Evidence-Based Writing
    English Composition II
    ENGL 103
    or EMGL 113
    Composition & Rhetoric III: Themes & Genres
    English Composition III
    PHIL 101 Introduction to Western Philosophy 3.0
    PSCI 100 Introduction to Political Science 4.0
    PSY 101 General Psychology I 3.0
    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
    English Elective (any ENGL course over 200-level) 3.0
    Fine Arts Elective 3.0
    History Elective 4.0
    UNIV H101 The Drexel Experience* 1.0
    UNIV H201 Looking Forward: Academics and Careers* 1.0
    CIVC 101 Introduction to Civic Engagement* 1.0
    Any two Math courses 6.0-8.0
    Any two Science courses with a lab from any combination of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics 8.0
    Criminology and Justice Studies Core Requirements  
    CJS 100 Freshman Seminar in Crime and Justice 3.0
    CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0
    CJS 200 Criminology 3.0
    CJS 210 Race, Crime, and Justice 3.0
    CJS 220 Crime and the City 3.0
    CJS 260 Justice in Our Community 4.0
    CJS 261 Prison, Society, and You 3.0
    CJS 290 Crime and Public Policy 3.0
    CJS 375 Criminal Procedure 3.0
    CJS 376 Sentencing 3.0
    PHIL 330 Criminal Justice Ethics 3.0
    Methods and Analytics Sequence  
    CJS 250 Research Methods and Analytics I 3.0
    CJS 300 Research Methods and Analytics II 3.0
    Criminal Justice Thematic Concentration  
    CJS 266 Crime Prevention Planning 3.0
    CJS 276 Introduction to Computer Crime 3.0
    CJS 278 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3.0
    CJS 280 Communities and Crime 3.0
    CJS 360 Juvenile Justice 3.0
    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 295 International 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 I  
    CJS 331 Crime Mapping Using Geographic Information Systems II  
    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 Crime  
    CJS 377 Intellectual Property Theft in the Digital Age  
    CJS T380 Special Topics in Criminology and Justice Studies  
    CJS I399 Independent Study  
    PSCI 229 Theories of Justice  
    Free Electives 42.0
    Total Credits 182.0-184.0

    *Due to online course offerings, actual courses applied to these categories may differ. Please check with your academic advisor to confirm which courses will fulfill this degree requirement.

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Transfer Students
      • A minimum of 24 previous college semester credits (36 quarter credits) with a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution
    • First-Year Students
      • Between 0 – 23 previous college semester credits from a regionally accredited institution
      • Must have earned high school diploma or GED a minimum of 2 years ago
    • Non-Matriculated Option
      • Drexel University also offers a non-matriculated option, where you can take courses without being enrolled in a degree-granting program.

    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
      • Transfer Students
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • First-Year Students
        • Official high school transcripts
        • Official ACT/SAT scores no more than five years old
        • 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 2020-2021 is $530 per credit. (A 40% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $883 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • 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

    2020-2021 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2020

    September 21, 2020

    December 5, 2020

    December 7, 2020

    December 12, 2020

    Winter 2021

    January 4, 2021

    March 13, 2021

    March 15, 2021

    March 20, 2021

    Spring 2021

    March 29, 2021

    June 5, 2021

    June 7, 2021

    June 12, 2021

    Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021

    August 28, 2021

    August 30, 2021

    September 4, 2021

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