Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Passionate about criminal justice? Interested in becoming a peace officer? 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’ll gain an understanding of the justice system and its process, from local to global issues, and how to uphold ethical standards. You will also develop strong writing, research, and analytical skills; attractive traits to employers in all industries.

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Meet the Dean

Dr. Joey Cope is Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Abilene Christian University. He oversees all of the online undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. He also serves as Associate Vice President for Academics and as the Associate General Counsel for the ACU Dallas Campus.

Joey received his Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from Texas Tech University and his Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law. He earned a Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Pepperdine University School of Law.

Joey Cope

Degree Highlights

Required Hours

Major Requirements: 64 credit hours (up to 22 credit hours in electives)

Total Required: 120 credit hours

University Requirements/General Ed: 56 credit hours

Example Coursework

POLC 420: Law Enforcement Leadership

POLC 455: Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice

SOCI 388: Crime and Delinquency

POLC 330: Domestic Violence


School of Undergraduate Studies

Upcoming Start Dates

January 12, 2021

March 9, 2021

What can you do after graduation?

  • Federal, state & local law enforcement
  • Game Warden
  • Probation/parole services
  • Correctional Officer
  • Lawyer*
  • Victim/Witness Assistant

*Law degree and licensure required

Admission Requirements

ACU’s online undergraduate programs are intended for non-traditional students interested in gaining a bachelor’s degree in an online modality.

To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Be out of high school for at least four years OR matriculate from institutions with an articulation agreement with ACU.
  • Complete the “Online Undergraduate Program” application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit official transcripts of all previous academic work.

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.