Bachelor of Arts

Criminal Justice Policy

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  • Only program dedicated to criminal justice policy in Oklahoma
  • Earn your degree in two years
  • 100% online

Program Details

Next Start Date
January 13
Est. Program Length
2-4 years
Course Length
8 weeks
Cost per Credit
$264.25*
Credit Hours
124
Credits Accepted
94

*Price reflects tuition for Oklahoma residents. Non-resident tuition is $541.19 per credit hour. There is a non-resident tuition waiver available if certain requirements are met. Speak to an enrollment counselor for more information. An additional semester fee of $7.50 will apply for all students.

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An Impact on Your Future

Criminal justice is a growing area of the workforce, offering the opportunity for you to protect and serve your community.

Take the next step in your criminal justice career with the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Policy program at East Central University Online. Designed for working criminal justice professionals, this online criminal justice degree program provides the training you need to reach higher levels of professional success.

As the only criminal justice policy program in Oklahoma, we take great pride in helping our graduates reach a well-rounded and practical understanding of their industry. Programs in criminal justice at ECU Online are offered in a fully digital format. This allows for ultimate flexibility in your education, allowing you to attend class when and where it’s right for you. We also feature five start dates per year for your convenience. The program can be completed in two years.


Topics of Study

Our curriculum readies you to understand the world of criminal justice on a deeper level, gain knowledge of current and future trends and implement solutions to issues within the field.

You’ll study topics like:

  • Adult corrections
  • The juvenile justice system
  • Criminal behavior
  • Criminal investigation
  • Assessment and case management
  • Interrogation techniques
  • Legal aspects of the criminal justice system
  • Group process and practice
  • Majority/minority relations
  • Human behavior
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Police administration

You’ll also participate in an internship, allowing you to gain real-world experience in the field. 


Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will be able to:

  • Engage in thoughtful discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of past and current criminal justice policies. You will also gain knowledge of current trends in the criminal justice system and current criminal justice policies.
  • Explain the legislative process of criminal justice policy and gain an in-depth understanding of processes at the local and state levels.
  • Effectively implement criminal justice policy in a practitioner setting. Criminal justice courses are designed for practical settings and workplace implementation of knowledge.
  • Write coherent and effective criminal justice policy. Specifically, you will be able to write in a way that adheres to the clear and concise writing required by the law enforcement and criminal justice workplace. 
  • Measure the effectiveness of criminal justice policy after implementation, based on an overall understanding of current critical issues in criminal justice.

Courses & Requirements

Our online criminal justice degree requires a total of 124 credit hours. Students must take 44 credit hours in general education, 21 credit hours of core courses, 12 credit hours of required electives and 47 credit hours of general electives. 

ECU requires all students to take general education courses. For this program, 6 credit hours (PSYCH 1113 and SOC 1113) are counted in the major. 38 additional credit hours are needed.

Core Courses (21 credit hours)

LSPS 2153
CRJS 2233
CRJS 3333
CRJS 4473
PS 3133
PS 4433
ENG 3183
CRJS 4946

Required Electives (12 credit hours)

Select from the following:

CRJS 2253
CRJS 2353
CRJS 2423
SOC 3133
HURES 3283
CRJS 3643
HURES 4931-4
CRJS 4981-4

Students must meet the 40 credit hour minimum requirement for upper-level courses. Students are encouraged to take liberal arts courses to broaden their educational perspectives.

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the ECU Online B.A. in Criminal Justice Policy program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • All transfer students must have completed at least 24 college credits with a retention grade-point average of 2.0 or higher to meet transfer admission criteria. Transfer students with fewer credits will be required to submit their high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores for consideration.

How to Apply

To apply, you must submit the following materials:

  • Online application
  • Official high school transcript or college transcript from an accredited institution
  • ACT/SAT scores

Have a question about this program or the admission process? Request a digital brochure and get connected to one of our knowledgeable enrollment counselors.

Costs & Financial Aid

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total
Tuition 124 credit hours $264.25* $32,767.00
Total with transfer credits (up to 94)** $7,927.50

*Price reflects tuition for Oklahoma residents. Non-resident tuition is $541.19 per credit hour. There is a non-resident tuition waiver available if certain requirements are met. Speak to an enrollment counselor for more information. An additional semester fee of $7.50 will apply for all students.
**Note: Transfer students must have completed at least 24 credit hours.
Fees and tuition subject to change.

Financial Aid

At ECU Online, we strive to ensure your education is as affordable as possible. Learn more about your options for financing your education by visiting our Financial Aid page.

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Military Benefits

East Central University is a proud military-friendly school. Discover how your status as a U.S. military veteran or active-duty service member can help you earn your degree by visiting our Military & Veterans page.

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Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, protective services occupations are steady and reliable, with a 5% growth rate expected by 2026. An online criminal justice degree can help prepare you for career advancement and a stable future.

Deputy Sheriff

Deputy sheriffs are responsible for protecting property and people, as well as enforcing the law. They may be responsible for responding to emergency calls, interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence, investigating reports and accidents and other related duties.

Average annual salary: $44,417

Compliance Officer

Compliance officers ensure that companies stay in compliance with state and local laws and regulations. They often assess operational risks, conduct reviews or audits, lead investigations when compliance is broken and related tasks.

Average annual salary: $67,590

Police Detective

Police detectives are responsible for investigating major property crimes or crimes involving injury or death. They may gather and analyze evidence, interview suspects, testify in court and fill out extensive paperwork while on the job.

Average annual salary: $59,704

Police Officer

Police officers are responsible for enforcing the law. They may patrol neighborhoods, respond to complaints, arrest offenders and engage in other actions that deter criminal activity.

Average annual salary: $50,789

All information cited from PayScale.

Frequently Asked Questions

The online criminal justice degree is a versatile credential that prepares you for a number of exciting professional opportunities. Many graduates rise to management levels within their police departments. Others choose to work in the legal system, forensics, human services or even the FBI. Others go on to study at higher academic levels. 

Explore more criminal justice careers

Criminal justice policy is the study of how criminal justice is implemented. Rules and regulations about how to implement the criminal justice system result from identified needs in the community. At ECU Online, the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Policy program aims to teach students how to develop advanced skills and knowledge needed to function effectively in the field, as well as manage and develop criminal justice programs within their profession. 

As the only online degree in Oklahoma, this program trains students to think about long-term implications of decision-making in the criminal justice system. Our curriculum emphasizes criminal justice, law, political science and policy– an interdisciplinary approach that truly prepares you for a range of careers. 

Our online format makes it easy to attend classes on a schedule that’s right for you. Earn your degree in a way that allows you to continue working and keep your previous commitments. 

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