Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Passionate about criminal justice? Interested in becoming a peace officer? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers as police and detectives are projected to see 5% growth through 2028.

Passionate about criminal justice? Interested in becoming a peace officer? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers as police and detectives are projected to see 5% growth through 2028.

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Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

Locked-In Tuition

Locked-In Tuition.

Our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire undergraduate degree.

About the Program

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

With ACU’s online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, you will study professionalism and ethics in criminal justice, law enforcement leadership, and much more. You will also develop strong writing, research, and analytical skills; attractive traits to employers in all industries.

Program Structure

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You’ll gain an understanding of the justice system and its process, from local to global issues, and how to uphold ethical standards.

Required Hours

Total: 120 hours
University Requirements: 56 hours
Major: 64 hours (up to 22 hours in electives)

Example Coursework

Law Enforcement Leadership
Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice
Crime and Delinquency
Domestic Violence

Upcoming Start Dates

June 28, 2022
August 23, 2022

Common Job Titles

Police Detective
Game Warden
Probation/Parole Officer
Correctional Officer
Victim/Witness Assistant
*Law degree and licensure required

Meet the Program Director

Brenda McAdoo, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Dr. Brenda McAdoo, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Dr. Brenda McAdoo is an assistant professor and the program director for ACU’s online Criminal Justice program. Brenda retired in 2020 after over twenty-four years as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In her tenure with the FBI, Brenda investigated crimes against children, violent crime, and organized crime was a member of an Organized Crime Task Force, which investigated groups committing extortion, kidnapping, and murder for hire. Brenda was a member of the FBI Crisis Negotiation Team from 1998 to 2020, serving as team leader for seven years, and served as a certified Federal Mediator from 2007 to 2020 for the Department of Justice. Before joining the FBI, Brenda was a Deputy District Attorney with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted sexual assault, domestic violence, and narcotics offenses.

Brenda received a bachelor’s in Political Science from ACU, where she was a Jack Pope Fellow, holds a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine School of Law and is a member of the California Bar. She also graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution and is a certified Mediator in Texas. Brenda is passionate about training future public servants and leaders.


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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Submit official high school and/or college transcripts.
  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.

Students are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores.

Graduation Requirements: Students must earn a 2.0 GPA or higher to meet graduation requirements. Additionally, students must earn a C or higher in each major course and have a minimum GPA of 2.25 in the major.

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Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).