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Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Make an Impact in the Criminal Justice System

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Program Quick Facts

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With this program, you can prepare for a meaningful career in the criminal justice system.

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Flexible, online classes make it easier to reach your goals while balancing work and family life.

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Get up to 100% of tuition covered with the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship.*

Shape the Future of Criminal Justice

The NMSU Global Campus Bachelor of Criminal Justice program balances theoretical inquiry with applied knowledge, so you can prepare for a career in fields such as law enforcement, corrections, victim services, non- and not-for-profit organizations, forensics, and more.

The Department of Criminal Justice at NMSU is recognized as one of the nation’s best and oldest programs in criminal justice. Our mission is to offer quality experiential learning, faculty-led and diverse research, and interdisciplinary curriculum in undergraduate and graduate educational programming.

Here, you’ll develop knowledge and valuable insights that shape and regulate policies in the criminal justice system.

Interested in advanced professional study? New Mexico State University also offers a 100% online Master of Criminal Justice degree!

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Career Pathways

New Mexico State University’s 100% online Bachelor of Criminal Justice program opens new pathways for your career. Discover the potential to upskill your current role to a variety of areas, including:

  • Corrections Worker and Advisor
  • Immigration and Borderlands Expert
  • Law and Advocacy
  • Law Enforcement Forensic Specialist
  • Loss Prevention Manager
  • Paralegal and Legal Assistant
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“As an 18 year old, I found NMSU to be one of the most inviting campuses — rich in student life yet equally involved in academics. As a 36 year old, I am looking forward to coming full circle with NMSU and graduating as an Aggie forever.”

Stephanie M., Class of 2024

As a student in the criminal justice degree program, you will learn the same curriculum designed by renowned faculty members in one of the largest academic departments in NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

This program is broadly interdisciplinary in nature, embracing the study of the humanities, law, and natural, behavioral, and social sciences. You will experience:

  • Diverse scholarly, experiential, and applied research possibilities.
  • Collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies to enhance career comprehension.
  • Exposure to agencies dealing with crime, law enforcement, corrections, justice studies, immigration, and social justice.

Delivery Format: 100% online with optional synchronous sessions available
Program Credits: 120 credits
Cost Per Credit Hour: $395.40*
Active Military Cost Per Credit Hour: $250*
Active Law Enforcement Cost Per Credit Hour: $250*
College: Arts and Sciences
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The Bachelor of Criminal Justice program consists of 120 credits. To earn this degree, you need to complete all University degree requirements, which include General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits, with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above.

Sample Courses Credits
CJUS 1120: Criminal Law 3
CJUS 301: Advanced Research Methods 3
CJUS 302: Crime, Justice, and Society 3
CJUS 304: Historical Perspectives of Criminal Justice Systems 3
CJUS 414: Race, Crime, and Justice 3
CJUS 425: Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice 3
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Developmental coursework will not count toward the degree requirements and/or elective credits but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

At NMSU Global Campus, we strive to offer competitively priced tuition to keep your tuition costs affordable. If you need financial aid, we’re ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU and NMSU Global Campus students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

Contact Financial Aid
Phone: 1-888-729-6678


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**For NMSU Global Campus programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Global Campus programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.