Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice / Leadership & Management
Rasmussen College

Program Details

At Rasmussen College, you could be on your way to serving your community and advancing your career in as few as 18 months with Rasmussen's online Criminal Justice Associate’s degree or the online Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Bachelor’s degree.1,2

Through the Criminal Justice Associate’s degree program, you will learn the critical-thinking skills needed to make decisions in high-pressure situations. Rasmussen's comprehensive curriculum prepares you to apply your training in a broad range of environments and situations, from security and corrections to juvenile justice and domestic violence. You’ll also learn from experienced, professional instructors who deliver real-world learning opportunities and the strategies needed to react safely and positively in fast-paced and unpredictable scenarios.

Rasmussen's Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Bachelor’s degree is focused on developing your leadership skills to help you achieve the promotion or specialized assignment you want to advance your career. Available fully online, this program is designed for criminal justice professionals and is offered in the Bachelor’s degree-completion format. Throughout the program, students will learn the theory and practice of criminal justice law, procedures and research methods, and develop an understanding of criminal behavior, crime prevention, and diversity in the justice system.

Rasmussen's Criminal Justice Associate’s degree and the Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Bachelor’s degree are both available with Flex Choice®, which allows you to combine traditional online coursework and self-directed assessments – a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know.

Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.

The Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Bachelor’s degree and Criminal Justice Associate’s degree programs have not been approved by any state professional licensing body, and the programs do not lead to any state-issued professional license. For further information on professional licensing requirements, please contact the appropriate board or agency in your state of residence. Additional education, training, experience, and/or other eligibility criteria may apply.

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  • High school diploma, or equivalent
  • Background check

School Accreditation Statement

Rasmussen College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. | 800-621-7440.

Geographic Restrictions

This program is not authorized for residents of: Puerto Rico, American Samoa, or N. Mariana Islands.In Minnesota, the Criminal Justice Associate’s degree program does not meet the standards established by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and