Program Overview

All parts of the legal system require inpiduals who are dedicated, intelligent, and educated. These people seek to understand crime, criminal behavior, the law, and law enforcement. In law enforcement and policing, these people become supervisors and detectives who use their ability to think critically and work harder and smarter than others. In the justice system, these people are administrators and legal workers responsible for making the justice and legal systems work. 

Columbia Southern University offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration for those seeking growth as professionals in Law or Law Enforcement. Columbia Southern University’s curriculum is available entirely online. Online classes benefit students who are either unable or unwilling to give up their careers or personal lives in pursuit of education. By taking classes out of the home or other location, instead of a traditional classroom environment, students can choose their own schedules for completing classes, allowing students to have versatility in completing their learning. The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program from Colombia Southern University can typically be completed in five years. 

As part of the Criminal Justice Administration program, students will learn the components of the criminal justice system and criminal justice administration including education on crime statistics, crime trends, and crime prevention. In addition, students will learn to analyze crime through techniques, methodology, and technologies in order to gain situational awareness. Lastly, students will learn to apply learned concepts to due process, legal search & seizure, criminal liability, and use of force. Graduates will leave the program with a perspective of the criminal justice system in the United States, from investigation and arrest, to court and incarceration and punishment. They will understand and practice behaviors for effective policing and crime prevention, and understand the factors that influence delinquency and crime.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission

    CSU is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The DETC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


    High school diploma or equivalent.


    May not be approved for every state. Students should check for state authorization in their state of residence prior to enrollment.

    School Overview

    Columbia Southern University is a private, for-profit distance learning institution located in Orange Beach, Alabama. CSU is a completely online institution that offers various degree programs. CSU was established in 1993 by Dr. Robert G. Mayes, Sr. in order to meet the demands for alternatives to the traditional university experience.

    A subsidiary of Columbia Southern Education Group, CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. CSU also features undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.


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