2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Criminal Justice Degrees

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All 25 of these schools offer affordable online bachelor's in criminal justice degrees, each with an annual tuition rate under $10,000. The University of the Cumberlands holds the #1 spot on the list, with an annual cost of $6,368 for their online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Fort Hays State University is second on the list with an annual tuition of $6,399. FHSU offers three criminal justice degree pathways: a Bachelor of Art, a Bachelor of General Studies, and a Bachelor of Science.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 rankings of the most affordable online master's in criminal justice programs. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $6,368
#2 #2 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,399
#3 #3 Georgia Southwestern State University Annual Tuition $6,480
#4 #4 Westfield State University Annual Tuition $7,050
#5 #5 Ohio University-Lancaster Campus Annual Tuition $7,200
#6 #6 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $7,500
#7 #7 Fort Valley State University Annual Tuition $7,750
#8 (tie) #8 (tie) SUNY College of Technology at Delhi Annual Tuition $8,000
#8 (tie) #8 (tie) SUNY Empire State College Annual Tuition $8,000
#10 #10 Clarion University Annual Tuition $8,092
#11 #11 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,100
#12 #12 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $8,173
#13 #13 Peru State College Annual Tuition $8,370
#14 #14 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Annual Tuition $8,400
#15 #15 Bemidji State University Annual Tuition $8,530
#16 #16 Midwestern State University Annual Tuition $8,665
#17 #17 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $8,752
#18 #18 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $8,835
#19 #19 Lynn University Annual Tuition $8,850
#20 #20 Hampton University Annual Tuition $9,000
#21 #21 Columbia College Annual Tuition $9,150
#22 #22 Drury University Annual Tuition $9,269
#23 #23 University of Northern Iowa Annual Tuition $9,330
#24 #24 Wayne State College Annual Tuition $9,420
#25 #25 California University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $9,570
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,368
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Addiction and the Offender Population; Child Abuse Investigation; Corrections; Criminological Theories in Justice Administration; Critical Issues in Homeland Security; Death Investigation; Deviance and Society; Ethical Issues in Justice Admin; Foundations in Justice Administration; Homeland Security
  • Annual Tuition: $6,399
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Example Classes:
    Corporate Crime and Deviance; Criminal Law and Procedure; Criminal Profiling; Introduction to Private Security/Crime Prevention; Law of Cyberspace
  • Annual Tuition: $6,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Example Classes:
    Crime and Media; Drugs in America; Family Violence; Juvenile Delinquency & Justice; Police Problems and Practices; Profiling Serial Offenders
  • Annual Tuition: $7,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes:
    American Judicial System; Law Enforcement and Society; Research Methods in Criminal Justice; Theories of Crime
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Crime Prevention; Advanced Research Methods for Criminal Justice; Classification of Criminal Behavior; Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design; Ethical and Legal Issues; Issues in Cybercrime; Organized Crime; Seminar in Forensic Investigation; Seminar in Gang, Group, and Multiple Offender Criminality; Seminar in Law Enforcement
  • Annual Tuition: $7,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 26%
  • Example Classes:
    Alternatives to Incarceration; Minorities, Crime and Social Policy; Mock Court; Private Security; Theories & Development of Juvenile Gangs; Women in the Criminal Justice System

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Example Classes:
    Applications of Technology in Criminal Justice; Comparative Criminal Justice; History of Law Enforcement; Research Methods of Criminal Justice; Substance Abuse and Criminal Justice System; Treatment of Offenders

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Comparative Criminal Justice Systems; Courts and the Administration of Justice; Criminal Justice Management and Policy; Criminal Law; Juvenile Justice and Delinquency; Understanding Crime and Justice
  • Annual Tuition: $8,092
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Example Classes:
    American Government; Drugs, Society, and Behavior; Environmental Law; Policing; Psychology of Personal Growth; Sociology of Deviance
  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Corrections and Incarceration; Crime Analysis; Crime and the Family; Criminal Justice Administration; Criminal Justice Ethics; Criminal Law; Criminal Legal Process; Criminology; Drug Cartels and the Narcotics Threat; Drugs, Justice, and Society
  • Annual Tuition: $8,173
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Example Classes:
    Comparative Criminal Justice Systems; Crime, Justice & Social Diversity; Criminal Justice Studies in Group Behavior; Criminal Law & Procedure; Dynamics of Criminal Behavior; Ethics in Criminal Justice; Legal Aspects of the Criminal Justice; Methods of Criminal Justice Research; Policing a Democratic Society; Statistics for Criminal Justice
  • Annual Tuition: $8,370
  • 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: $8,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Example Classes:
    Cooperative Education; Corrections Administration; Corrections Survey; Crime and Behavior; Criminal Evidence; Criminal Justice Organizations and Management; Criminal Justice Policy; Criminal Law; Ethics in Criminal Justice; Gangs
  • Annual Tuition: $8,530
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Example Classes:
    Criminal Justice and Domestic Violence; Criminology and Delinquency; Forensic Victimology; Judicial Process; Restorative Justice; Victimological Theory and Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $8,665
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; Comparative and International Criminal Justice; Critical Analysis of Justice Administration; Family Systems and Substance Abuse; Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations; Global Terrorism; Human Diversity; Legal Aspects of the Criminal Justice System; Parenting; Police in Society
  • Annual Tuition: $8,752
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Civil Law and Liability; Comparative Criminal Justice Systems; Crime and Criminal Justice Policy; Death Penalty in America; Ethics in Criminal Justice; Police Operations; Policing in an Information Age; Research Methodology in Criminal Justice; Restorative Justice; Workshop-Field Experience in Corrections
  • Annual Tuition: $8,835
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Research in Criminal Justice; Capital Punishment; Crime Theory and Policy; Criminal Justice Policy; Criminal Profiles: Who Did It?; Institutional and Community-Based Corrections; Juvenile Justice; Law Enforcement and Community; Legal Issues in Criminal Justice; Movies, Media and Crime
  • Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes:
    Contemporary Social Problems; Ethical Decision Making; Geopolitical Affairs; Global Human Rights; Issues In Corrections; Law And The Courts

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Criminalistics of Cybercrime; Emergency Preparedness; Enforcement and Security; Forensics Crime Scene Investigation; Race and Ethnic Relations; Terrorism & National Security
  • Annual Tuition: $9,150
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Corrections and Penology; Criminal Justice Policy Development and Evaluation; Crisis Intervention; Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice; Current Issues and Future Directions in Criminal Justice; Development of Standard Operating Procedure; Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice; Judicial Process; Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice; Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice Management
  • Annual Tuition: $9,269
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Example Classes:
    Juvenile Delinquency; Law and Society; Principles of Forensic Science; Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences; Statistical Foundations for the Behavioral Sciences; The Judicial Process
  • Annual Tuition: $9,330
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis of Social Issues; Communication Ethics for Criminal Justice Professionals; Human Origins; Psychology and Law; The Theatrical Arts and Society; Violence in Intimate Relationships

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,420
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Correctional Institutions; Criminal Procedure; Security and Loss Prevention; Social Problems; Social Welfare; Sociology of Deviance
  • Annual Tuition: $9,570
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Example Classes:
    Corporate Security Law; Criminal Intelligence Analysis; Criminal Justice Organization and Management; Criminal Procedure; Cyber Crime Investigation; International Criminal Justice; Law and Ethics; Law and Legal Method; Law and Public Policy; Law, Civil Liberties and the Constitution
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