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Frequently Asked Questions


What online Criminal Justice degree programs does ASU offer online?

ASU offers two online Criminal Justice Degree Programs: a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. All courses necessary to complete these degrees are offered online.

What criminal justice certificates does ASU offer online?

ASU offers one undergraduate certificate in Homeland Security and two graduate level certificates: Law Enforcement Administration and Corrections Management. The undergraduate certificate in Homeland Security requires 21 credit hours; the graduate certificates in Law Enforcement Administration and Corrections Management require 15 credit hours.

Can an ASU online student take in-person classes?

No. ASU online students are not permitted to take classroom-based courses.

Is there out-of-state tuition?

No, online students receive a flat per credit hour rate no matter where you live. The fall 2012 tuition rates are $442 per credit hour (undergraduate) and $463 per credit hour (graduate).

Is the GRE test required for the Master of Arts online Degree?

No. The GRE is not required for the M.A. online program.

When are the deadlines for admissions?

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers six start dates per year prior to each session, so you can begin taking classes as soon as you're ready. Click here to start an application for a Bachelor of Science degree. 

Applications for Master of Arts Online Degree Program are accepted year around for Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions. For current deadlines, click here.

How much time does an online course require?

Online course work covers the same content as the on-campus program. Generally, an online student should plan to spend at least 6-8 hours a week for each online class.

Why should I choose to complete my degree online?

The Criminal Justice Online programs gives you the flexibility to learn where you live, work and travel. The online course modules are designed so you can view lectures and media from your computer, tablet or smart phone. The program allows you to be in class when it is most convenient for you, in a time that is flexible, to accommodate your other responsibilities. Whether you are a working professional or a stay at home mom, this program allows busy people the flexibility of completing a degree online. 

What classes are offered?

The classes offered through the ASU Online Degree Program are the same courses taught on-campus. Both core and general studies classes are offered online. Online course topics include, but are not limited to, the following: gangs, corrections, homeland security, sex crimes, and policing.

How are the classes offered?

Classes are offered in 7.5 week sessions. There are two sessions in the Fall, two sessions in the Spring, and one session in the Summer. There is a week break between sessions.

How many classes should I take in a session?

Two classes per 7.5 week session is the number of classes recommended by ASU advisors. When the first session is over you can enjoy a week-long break and then begin your next session.

What is the maximum number of credits I can take in one session?

We recommend that students do not take more than 9 credits per session. Students wishing to take more than 9 credits per session must be receive permission from your academic advisor before registration.

Are 7.5 week sessions manageable for working professionals?

Yes. Both the B.S. and M.A. online degree programs are designed for individuals who are also balancing other commitments: work, parenthood, and/or community activities. ASU’s online Criminal Justice Degree program allows individuals who work part-time or full-time to take classes and complete coursework at a time and place that is convenient for them.

What internet platform is used for online courses?

ASU School of Criminal Justice uses Learning Studio. It is similar to Blackboard and other internet platforms used in online courses and is compatible with PCs, Macs, tablets and smart phones.  ASU students have free access to all of the “products” courses may use, allowing students to become familiar with the options and comfortable using the variety of tools available.

When I graduate with an ASU online Criminal Justice Degree does it say ‘online’ on my diploma?

No. There is nothing on the diploma that differentiates online students from on-campus students.

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