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Criminal Justice, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 49 days
Concordia University, St. Paul has designed the Criminal Justice program for working criminal justice professionals and other adults who wish to improve their knowledge and study in a flexible format. 
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This Criminal Justice program from Concordia University, St. Paul engages students through a foundational and theoretical framework that is relevant to the real-world challenges of the criminal justice field. With a comprehensive curriculum that guides students in developing analysis, research and critical thinking skills, this program prepares graduates for ongoing success in the workplace.


The B.A. in Criminal Justice program consists of 44 credit hours and is offered entirely online. It is designed for busy working adult students who are interested in obtaining their bachelor’s degree and includes both Minnesota POST licensure and non-POST licensure tracks.

Career Potential

Criminal Justice degree holders can anticipate encountering a job market filled with engaging careers. Whether a student chooses one of the jobs previously mentioned, or decides to become an FBI agent or computer forensic specialist, there are a number of exciting options to consider. Here are a few more possibilities:

  • Private Investigator
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Fraud Investigator
  • CIA Agent
  • Homicide Detective
  • Blood Spatter Analyst
  • DEA Agent
  • Secret Service Agent

The day-to-day work of those in the criminal justice field can be demanding, both physically and emotionally. For example, Secret Service agents and DEA special agents are frequently required to travel, and sometimes on short notice. Often, special agents will have to relocate several times during their career. Some special agents, such as those working in Border Protection, find themselves working outdoors in harsh terrain and weather.

Uniformed police officers, detectives, agents and inspectors oftentimes work long hours, with paid overtime. Shift work ensures around-the-clock protection of the public. As a criminal justice professional gains experience, they’ll find they receive seniority or preference when it comes to weekend, holiday and night work.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 49 days
  • Credits
    44 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of the Criminal Justice System 
  • Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice 
  • Constitutional and Criminal Law and Justice 
  • Cultural Considerations in Criminal Justice Systems 
  • Ethical and Legal Dilemmas in the Criminal Justice System 
  • Minnesota State Criminal Law and Traffic Codes 
  • Contemporary Issues in the Criminal Justice System 

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL®PBT score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the english language.

Find english courses on Preparation Courses Portal.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Submit official transcriptsfrom the regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  • Please describe a life experience (academic or personal) that has shaped you as a person. How will this experience impact your success as a college student at Concordia University, St. Paul.
  • The essay must fall between 400 and 1000 words.
  • Satisfactory score on the TOEFL (for international students); minimum scores: 523 on paper or 193 on computer

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    420 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 420 USD per credit and a duration of 49 days.
  • National

    420 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 420 USD per credit and a duration of 49 days.
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