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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., 2020


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    Criminal Justice Programs

    The mission of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is to provide a high 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 and Master of Science in Law Enforcement Executive Leadership, we 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 provides 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: $425
    • Program Length: 4 years
    • Max Transfer Credits: 90

    Master of Science in Law Enforcement Executive Leadership (MSLEEL)

    This program provides executive-level organizational leadership skills for law enforcement supervisory and management professionals. It is developed to formulate real-time management solutions with an emphasis on the administering of policies, procedures, and guidelines for the law enforcement executive leader.

    Quick Facts:

    • Credits Required: 36
    • Cost Per Credit: $545
    • Program Length: 2 years
    • Max Transfer Credits: 6

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

    Why Choose CalSouthern?


    Our online programs allow you to learn and study when it's convenient for you. And monthly course starts enable you to take courses at your own pace.

    Courses Mentored by Industry Leaders

    Our criminal justice programs are centered around experience-based curriculum and are taught by expert faculty mentors who are actively working in the field.


    Backed by 40 Years of Expertise

    We've championed 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?

    Absolutely! We accept most course credits and degrees awarded by other appropriately accredited institutions. Professional evaluators will review your credits and determine what qualifies for transfer.


    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 will 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 plan were extremely helpful and it allowed me to work but also to balance work with school.”

    Jose G., 2021

    California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is one of six institutional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Institutional accreditation is the most highly respected and recognized form of accreditation in the United States, and it provides students with a number of important benefits and opportunities. www.wscuc.org

    *Required documentation and restrictions may apply for this offer. Questions can be directed to our Admissions Department by email at admissions@calsouthern.edu or by phone at 800.477.2254.

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