2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Criminal Justice Degrees

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The 25 colleges on this list offer the most affordable online criminal justice degrees, with annual tuitions under $11,000 a year. These most affordable schools also have degree options available at all levels, from associate to doctoral. Penn Foster College tops the list, with an annual tuition of only $2,074 for a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. American Public University System, #13 on the list with an annual bachelor's tuition of $8,100, offers 13 different criminal justice degrees with specialties ranging from forensics to maritime law enforcement.

All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online criminal justice degrees at the bachelor's level or higher. Those interested can find more detailed information on these most affordable criminal justice degrees below or read our full methodology.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Criminal Justice Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Penn Foster College Annual Tuition $2,074 Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#2 #2 Aspen University Annual Tuition $3,800 Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#3 #3 California Coast University Annual Tuition $4,800 Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#4 #4 Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $5,067 Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#5 #5 William Carey University Annual Tuition $5,400 Criminal Justice Degrees: Master's
#6 #6 Jacksonville State University Annual Tuition $6,915 Criminal Justice Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 Ohio University-Lancaster Campus Annual Tuition $7,200 Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's
#8 #8 Texas A & M International University Annual Tuition $7,275 Criminal Justice Degrees: Master's
#9 #9 Abraham Lincoln University Annual Tuition $7,500 Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#10 #10 Northcentral University Annual Tuition $7,629 Criminal Justice Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#11 #11 Peru State College Annual Tuition $7,800 Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's
#12 #12 Grantham University Annual Tuition $7,950 Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#13 #13 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,100 Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#14 #14 University of Maine at Augusta Annual Tuition $8,130 Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#15 #15 Amridge University Annual Tuition $8,220 Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's
#16 #16 William Peace University Annual Tuition $8,250 Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's
#17 #17 Columbia College Annual Tuition $8,700 Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#18 #18 York College Annual Tuition $9,000 Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's
#19 #19 The King's University Annual Tuition $9,300 Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's
#20 #20 Allied American University Annual Tuition $9,300 Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#21 #21 Martin Methodist College Annual Tuition $9,750 Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's
#22 #22 Granite State College Annual Tuition $10,050 Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's
#22 #22 Washburn University Annual Tuition $10,050 Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's
#24 #24 Faulkner University Annual Tuition $10,200 Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#25 #25 Colorado State University-Global Annual Tuition $10,500 Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
  • Annual Tuition: $2,074
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of Justice; Community Corrections; Correctional Institutions; Criminology; Evidence; Juveniles and the Legal Process

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $3,800
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Community Policing; Comparative Criminal Justice Systems; Corrections; Kinesic Interviewing; Police Management; The Investigation of White Collar Crime
  • Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Criminal Behavior; Domestic Violence; Forensic Science; Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology; Theory and Practices of Corrections; Theory and Practices of Law Enforcement

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $5,067
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Police and Community Relations; Probation and Parole; Procedures in the Justice System; Race and Ethnic Relations; Supervision of Criminal Justice Personnel; Workplace Security
  • Annual Tuition: $5,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Criminal Investigation; Civil Liberties; Community Corrections; Economics of Crime and Justice; Industrial Security; Juvenile Delinquency

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,915
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Data Analysis for Criminal Justice; Comparative Criminal Justice; Contemporary Criminal Justice Issues; Correctional Counseling; Criminal Behavior and Personality; Criminological Theory
  • Annual Tuition: $7,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    American Constitutional Law; Civil Liberties; Criminology; Police and Society; Punishment and Society; Social Psychology of Justice

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,275
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 48%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice; Comparative Criminal Justice Systems; Critical Issues in Criminal Justice Policy; Law and Criminal Justice; Seminar in Corrections; Seminar on Police Practices
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Criminal Investigations; Criminal Procedure; Criminalistics; Juvenile Justice; Technology in Criminal Justice

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,629
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Current Issues in Law Enforcement; Drugs, Values and Society; Juvenile Offender; Organized Crime; Survey of Forensic Sciences
  • Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Community-Based Corrections; Criminology; Homeland Security; Juvenile Delinquency; Policing; Victimology
  • Annual Tuition: $7,950
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Correction Systems & Practices; Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure; Introduction to Criminal Justice Ethics; Juvenile Justice; Police Systems & Practices

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,130
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Conflict Resolution; Consumer Fraud and White Collar Crime; Due Process in Criminal Justice; Issues of Police Civil Liability; Judicial Processes; Violence in the Family

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,220
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Corrections and Penal Systems in the U.S.; Criminal Evidence; Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes; Organized Crime; Psychological Profiling; Terrorism Today

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Psychology; Child Family and Youth Services; Family Psychology; History of the South Since 1865; Introduction to Public Administration

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Corrections and Penology; Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice; Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice; Judicial Process; Management of Criminal Justice Agencies; Police in a Democratic Society
  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Example Classes:
    Constitutional Law; Courts and Courtroom Procedures; Criminal Investigation; Evidence; Probation, Pardon, and Parole; Survey of Corrections

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHE and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Example Classes:
    Alternatives to Justice; American Policing; American Systems of Corrections; Criminal Justice Policy; Criminal Procedure; Theories of Criminology

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Ethics in Criminal Justice; Forensic Investigation; Homicide Investigation; Investigation of Computer Crime; Investigation of Terrorism; Kinesic Interviewing
  • Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Constitutional Law; Digital Crime Scene Replication; Forensic and Crime Scene Investigations; Law Enforcement; Management of Criminal Justice Organizations; Study of Deviant Behavior

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Conducting Critical Inquiry; Constitutional Law; Corrections, Probation and Parole; Crime Prevention and Control; The Criminal Justice System; Victim Rights and Advocacy

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Crime and Justice in America; Crime Prevention; Criminal Justice Communications; Public and Private Security; Security Technology; White Collar Crime
  • Annual Tuition: $10,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Courts; Crisis Management; Interview and Interrogation; Juvenile Justice; Private Security; Terrorism

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Criminal Justice and the Constitution; Ethics for the Criminal Justice Professional; Law Enforcement and American Policing; Laws of Evidence
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