Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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Complete Your Online BS in Criminal Justice

Our curriculum educates you in the theoretical, practical and empirical aspects of criminal justice in preparation or advancement in your criminal justice career or the pursuit of graduate studies. The course work addresses a wide variety of subjects, such as:

  • Criminal justice and public policy
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Criminological theory
  • Ethical and diversity issues in criminal justice
  • History of crime and justice in the United States
  • Police and correctional systems
  • Research methods

Benefits of this Program

  • Complete your degree faster through flexible transfer credit options. Technical credits and academic credits earned at a community college or 4-year University can be seamlessly transferred into your degree plan.
  • All courses are designed and developed by full-time department faculty. The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice continues the tradition of quality instruction, standards of excellence, and innovation in teaching and learning for which the Department of Criminal Justice is well known.
  • Quality Education. The online bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice provides students who cannot come to the Denton campus with a quality undergraduate learning experience from a highly-respected, Tier One Carnegie Classification University. This classification is given to the 131 top-tier research universities in the United States.

Worried that your busy lifestyle will get in the way of making your career goals a reality?

Our online program is the solution.

  • Convenient. Log in at any time from any place.
  • Affordable. Costs $964.29* per 3-hour course for Texas residents and $1,317.48* per 3-hour course for Out-of-State residents – an excellent value for a bachelor's degree.
  • Flexible. Online courses allow you to set your own schedule.
  • Adaptable. With the option to take one, two, or three courses or more at a time, you can set your own pace to best fit your needs. (Financial Aid requires taking 5 undergraduate hours to qualify.)
  • Respected. UNT's criminal justice alumni can be found in virtually every criminal justice agency serving the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex and throughout the State of Texas.

*The amounts above do not include certain mandatory fees charged to students who are simultaneously taking courses on-campus nor do they include any college-level course fees. These costs are an estimate and the actual cost may vary based on the individual circumstances of the student (e.g., waivers or exemptions).

How does this program advance my career?

  • Some courses incorporate experiential activities in law enforcement, jails, prisons or courtrooms, or require completing service learning activities. Course electives and seminars allow you to focus your studies on your particular professional and personal interests.
  • Study abroad opportunities are available.
  • Our faculty members have extensive relationships with criminal justice agencies and include nationally recognized experts in policing, juvenile justice, corrections, criminological theory, victims' issues and criminalistics. They also have expertise in offender behavior and research methodology. Their books and articles are used in classrooms across the nation, and some have been cited as landmark research efforts.
  • While pursuing your degree, you may qualify for competitive, academic-based scholarships. Information about the scholarships are on our website at
  • Our Criminal Justice Internship Program allows you to complete an internship for academic credit and gain practical experience in the criminal justice field.
  • UNT also offers an Online Master's in Criminal Justice, ranked #2 in Texas and #18 in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report. You can pursue this Master's degree after you complete your Bachelor's degree.

How does it work?

  • Within the 120-hour online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree, you'll complete 27 credit hours of core criminal justice courses; 12 credit hours of psychology, sociology, technical writing and communications courses; and 15 credit hours of advanced criminal justice electives. Electives focus on a variety of topics including drugs and society, computer crime, terrorism, violence, criminal investigation, organized and consensual crime, world criminal justice systems, and serial homicide.
  • The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.
  • The online course schedule rotates throughout Fall, Summer, and Spring with many courses offered each semester -- allowing you to easily fit the courses offered to your personal schedule.


Program Contact

Criminal Justice
Chilton Hall, Room 265
410 S. Avenue C
Denton TX, 76201 

Office: (940) 565-2562