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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from National Louis University equips graduates to serve in law enforcement, courts or corrections systems, or to work in related private industries.

Choose NLU's Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice if you:

  • Want to make a positive difference through public service
  • Are intrigued by the root causes of criminal behavior and its role in society
  • Want to learn from faculty practitioners in law enforcement, courts, corrections and the security industry
  • Value a degree combining psychology, sociology, public policy and organizational management that will give you the broadest set of professional opportunities
  • Want to major in Criminal Justice Administration (managing organizations) or Forensic Social Justice (the psychology of criminality and its applications)
  • Want the flexibility of completing your degree online or on campus


Criminal justice degree graduates can be found in a number of roles, including:

  • Police officers
  • Forensic scientists
  • Security specialists in business settings
  • Juvenile justice caseworkers
  • Paralegals
  • Correctional officers
  • Probation officers
  • Private investigators

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Law Enforcement 
  • Criminal Justice System 
  • Criminology 
  • Criminal Law and Procedure 
  • Punishment Prisons and Corrections 
  • Courts and Criminal Justice 
  • Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice 
  • Juvenile Justice Systems 
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice 
  • Criminal Investigations 
  • Sociology of Deviant Behavior for Criminal Justice Professionals 
  • Ethics, Diversity, and Professionalism in Criminal Justice 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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

  • Complete and submit your NLU application.
    • Be certain that you meet the admission requirements for your program of study.
    • You must have all of your secondary, college and university foreign transcripts evaluated by one of NLU's approved foreign credential evaluation agencies. The course-by-course evaluation must verify degree equivalency of a level of education equivalent of a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
    • Proof of English language proficiency is required.
    • The person(s) paying your tuition and living expenses while you attend NLU must complete and sign an affidavit of support.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10260 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    10260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10260 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


We are pleased to announce that for all students starting in the Summer 2020 (July) term, NLU is offering brand new undergraduate scholarships for international students! The new scholarships are listed below:

10% Automatic Opportunity Scholarship 

  • Applies to All NLU Undergraduate Programs including Hospitality Management
  • Eligible to Freshman and Transfer Students

50% #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship 

  • Awarded to Two Students Every Fall Term
  • Eligible to Freshman Undergraduate Students Only
  • Deadline is July 1st

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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