• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The bachelor's degree 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

Career Outlook

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

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Complete application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions where you registered and/or attended. 
  • In order to be considered official, transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution. 
  • Applicants with less than 10 semester hours of transferable college credit must submit an official high school transcript, sealed in the original envelope with graduation date posted
  • Official military transcripts, military certificates (including Army, Navy, Marine Joint Services or CCAS-Air Force transcripts), nationally recognized certificates and CLEP/DANTES test scores may also be submitted for evaluation
International Students
  • Proof of English language proficiency is required if English is not the applicant’s native language and/or high school degree was earned outside of the United States. 
  • Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by one of the approved 
Additional Program Specific Admission RequirementsNational College of Education
  • Juniors seeking admission into a National College of Education licensure program must register for the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24000 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    24000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24000 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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