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    CalSouthern University is a member of the AIU System, which is accredited by HLC to offer online undergraduate and graduate degree programs with flexibility and convenience to help you balance work and family life.

    Connect with an Admissions Advisor to learn more about

    • CalSouthern’s affordable, interest-free payments and flexible payment plans.
    • Transferring of eligible credits1.
    • Earning credits towards a master’s-level degree while pursuing a BSCJ through CalSouthern’s Bridge Program.
    • How you can help solve real cold cases in partnership with The Cold Case Investigative Research Institute (CCIRI).
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    “CalSouthern has exceptional faculty mentors and rigorous courses that support personal and professional growth. The 100% asynchronous online option allows for working individuals to pursue their goals without sacrificing their existing career.”

    Zachary G., PsyD program, 2020


    California Southern University is a member of the American InterContinental University System. The System is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Criminal Justice Programs

    The mission of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is to provide a quality undergraduate and graduate education to a globally dispersed student body of adult learners using distance learning methodologies.

    Through our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice we strive to develop innovative, principled, insightful leaders and cultivate an environment of academic integrity while stimulating intellectual curiosity through a respectful exchange of ideas between our faculty mentors and learners.

    Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ)

    This program is designed to provide practical knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations with an emphasis on criminal courts, investigative principles, ethical principles, criminal law, victims of crime, and community relations. Additionally, it offers subject-specific curriculum in organized crime, white collar crime, drug and alcohol abuse, social and forensic psychology, and terrorism response.

    Quick Facts:
    • Credits Required: 120
    • Cost Per Credit: $250
    • Program Length: 4 years
    • Max Transfer Credits: 901

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    Find out how we create a collaborative, engaging online learning experience designed to help you learn, understand and apply course material to your personal and professional life.

    Why Choose CalSouthern?

    Your Degree On Your Time

    Our online programs allow you to work toward deadlines on your own schedule. And monthly course starts enable you to take courses at your own pace each semester.

    Courses Mentored by Industry Professionals

    Our degree and certificate programs are centered around experience-based curriculum and are taught by dedicated, responsive and qualified faculty mentors.


    Backed by 40+ Years of Experience

    We've embraced remote learning from the beginning, and we've been perfecting our craft ever since. We have proven that a quality education does not require four walls.

    Ava Thorpe


    Ava Thorpe, MCJ, Doctoral Candidate

    Ava Thorpe is a criminal justice professional with instructional and career experience in criminal justice and forensic investigation. She is deeply committed to educating criminal justice professionals in both research and field practicum. Ava has held many positions in criminal justice. She has worked as a death investigation specialist/medicolegal investigator, police officer, probation and parole officer, and inmate records clerk. She has also worked in higher education since 2016. Her focus is expanding the criminal justice curriculum to provide real world experiential learning geared towards investigation, criminology, policing, homeland security, and intelligence.



    Can I transfer my credits?

    We accept most course credits awarded by other appropriately accredited institutions. Professional evaluators will review your credits and determine what may qualify for transfer1.


    When can I start?

    Immediately. At CalSouthern, new courses start every month instead of every quarter or semester. Register by this month’s deadline to start courses next month on the 1st.


    Who will support me?

    While you may study on your own, you will never be alone. You will have access to Learner Support Services with a team of diverse staff, faculty mentors, and school-specific academic teams who are available to assist you throughout your academic journey at CalSouthern.


    “Without the flexibility of start dates, online classes and distance learning, I would not have been able to achieve this dream! The payment plans was extremely helpful and it allowed me to work but also to balance work with school. I don't think I would have completed my PsyD if it wasn't for CalSouthern.”

    Jose G., PsyD Program, 2021

    1Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.

    California Southern University is a member of the American InterContinental University System.The System is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    CalSouthern cannot guarantee employment, salary, or career advancement. Not all programs are available to residents of all jurisdictions. CalSouthern does not accept applications from residents of Massachusetts, New York, and certain foreign countries.

    Courses and programs at California Southern University must be completed by the established term dates. Any reference to self-paced learning is intended to be within the appropriate academic timeframe.
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