2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Law and Criminal Justice Degrees

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With annual tuitions less than $7,000, these 24 online schools offer highly affordable law and criminal justice degrees. The degrees on this list cover a variety of related fields, such as criminal justice, homeland security, and paralegal studies. The widest range of affordable degrees is available at #8 ranked Liberty University, which offers 21 related degrees, including a Master of Laws in International Legal Studies for only $6,780 annually. All schools considered for this list offer fully online law and criminal justice degrees at the bachelor's level or higher.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Law & Criminal Justice Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Penn Foster College Annual Tuition $2,074 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#2 #2 Aspen University Annual Tuition $3,800 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#3 #3 California Coast University Annual Tuition $4,800 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#4 #4 The University of Texas at Arlington Annual Tuition $5,040 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's
#5 #5 Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $5,067 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#6 #6 William Carey University Annual Tuition $5,400 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 Delta State University Annual Tuition $6,298 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Master's
#8 #8 Liberty University Annual Tuition $6,780 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#9 #9 Jacksonville State University Annual Tuition $6,915 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#10 #10 University of Illinois at Springfield Annual Tuition $6,970 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Master's
#11 #11 Ohio University-Lancaster Campus Annual Tuition $7,200 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#12 #12 Texas A & M International University Annual Tuition $7,275 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Master's
#13 #13 California University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $7,395 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#14 #14 Abraham Lincoln University Annual Tuition $7,500 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#15 #15 Northcentral University Annual Tuition $7,629 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#16 #16 Wilmington University Annual Tuition $7,735 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#17 #17 Peru State College Annual Tuition $7,800 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's
#18 #18 Auburn University at Montgomery Annual Tuition $7,830 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Master's
#19 #19 University of West Georgia Annual Tuition $7,926 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's
#20 (tie) #20 (tie) Grantham University Annual Tuition $7,950 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#20 (tie) #20 (tie) Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $7,950 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#22 #22 Adams State University Annual Tuition $7,986 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Bachelor's
#23 #23 Wayland Baptist University Annual Tuition $8,010 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#24 #24 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,100 Law & Criminal Justice Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate

Most Affordable Law & Criminal Justice College Details

For each school ranked above, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' law & criminal justice programs. Explore law & criminal justice class offerings, degrees offered, and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $2,074
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of Justice; Business Law; Community Corrections; Correctional Institutions; Criminology; Ethics; Evidence; Investigations and Interviews; Juveniles and the Legal Process; Law and the Legal System
  • Annual Tuition: $3,800
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Communications in Law Enforcement; Community Policing; Comparative Criminal Justice Systems; Corrections; Crime Scene Investigation; Criminology; Drug Enforcement; Expert Testimony and Ethics; Fingerprinting; Forensic Science
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $5,040
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    American Judicial Systems; Corrections Casework & Counseling; Criminal Evidence & Proof; Police & the Community; Probation and Parole; Race, Crime & Justice
  • Annual Tuition: $5,067
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    American Homeland Security; Disaster Planning and Management; Homeland Security Technology; Police and Community Relations; Preparedness and Response Partners; Probation and Parole; Procedures in the Justice System; Race and Ethnic Relations; Supervision of Criminal Justice Personnel; Terrorism Response Operations
  • Annual Tuition: $5,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Criminal Investigation; Civil Liberties; Community Corrections; Economics of Crime and Justice; Industrial Security; Juvenile Delinquency
  • Annual Tuition: $6,298
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Example Classes:
    Drugs and Society; Historical Analysis of the American Criminal Justice System; Organization & Philosophy of Criminal Justice; Professional & Institutional Ethics; Seminar:Issues in Criminal Justice; Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • Annual Tuition: $6,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Example Classes:
    American Constitutional History; Behavioral Dimensions of Disaster; Civil Practice; Constitutional Government & Free Enterprise; Corporate & Business Organization Law; Criminal Justice Ethics; Criminal Practice & Procedure; Critical Infrastructure Protection; Family Law; Foundations of Law

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,915
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • 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: $6,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    Legal Research And Citation; Public Advocacy; Seminar in Courts and Policymaking; Theories of Justice

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    American Constitutional Law; Civil Liberties; Criminology; Police and Society; Punishment and Society; Social Psychology of Justice
  • 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: $7,395
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Behavioral Crime Analysis Theory; Anglo-American Jurisprudence; Biological, Chemical, Nuclear & WMD Threats in Homeland Security; Computer Forensics; Constitutional Law for Paralegals; Criminal Investigative Analysis; Criminology Studies Abroad; Domestic Extremism in the United States; Equivocal Death Analysis; Ethical and Legal Aspects of Criminology
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: N/A
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution; Business Organizations; Constitutional Law; Contracts; Criminal Investigations; Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure; Criminalistics; Ethics for the Legal Professional; Juvenile Justice
  • Annual Tuition: $7,629
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Current Issues in Law Enforcement; Drugs, Values and Society; Homeland Security Risk Management; Homeland Security Transportation; International Crime and Terrorism; Juvenile Offender; Maritime Terrorism; Organized Crime; Survey of Forensic Sciences
  • Annual Tuition: $7,735
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security; Legal Aspects of Homeland Security; Police Executive Leadership; Risk Assessment and Management; Terrorism; Typologies of Crime
  • Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Community-Based Corrections; Criminology; Homeland Security; Juvenile Delinquency; Policing; Victimology
  • Annual Tuition: $7,830
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Cold Case Investigations; Community Corrections; Comparative Criminal Justice; Crime Intelligence & Analysis; Criminal Justice Writing; Family Law; Intelligence and Info Dissemination; Psychology of Terrorism and Fear; Security Administration; U.S. Constitution and Issues in Homeland Security
  • Annual Tuition: $7,926
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    American Criminal Courts; Gangs; International Comparative Justice; Social Science and the Legal System; Violent Crime; Women in the Criminal Justice System

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  • 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)

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Civil Law and Liability; Comparative Criminal Justice Systems; Crime and Criminal Justice Policy; Criminal Investigations; Criminal Procedures; Criminal Typology and Victimology; Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution; Organized and White Collar Crime; Police Operations; Policing in an Information Age
  • Annual Tuition: $7,986
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Example Classes:
    Correctional Systems; Criminal Justice; Deviance and Social Control; Internship in Criminology; Juvenile Delinquency
  • Annual Tuition: $8,010
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Law; Emergency Management; Negotiations in Management
  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    American Popular Culture; Bloodspatter Pattern Analysis; Border and Coastal Security; Budget Development and Execution; Chemical, Biological and Radiological Hazards; Civil Practice and Procedure; Corrections and Incarceration; Crime Analysis; Crime and the Family; Criminal Justice Administration

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