How Long Does it Take to get a Degree in Criminal Justice

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I get this question a lot: how long does it take to get a degree in Criminal Justice? Well, that all depends on which degree level you are asking about. Is it an Associates, a Bachelors, a Masters, or a PhD? Are you taking this degree at a traditional campus based university or college? Or, is the CJ degree from an online institution?

Here’s the answer based on an average of the expected completion time frame:

Associates Degree in Criminal Justice

  • Traditional
    • 1 and 1/2 years with a maxed-out class load – super-full-time: at or above 16 credits
    • 2 years is the norm – usually full time: 12 credits or more
    • 2 and 1/2 years, or more – usually part time: below 12 credits
  • Online
    • 1 to 2 years depending on the school – usually one cannot manipulate the program to go faster or slower – but, there are exceptions to this general rule

Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice

  • Traditional
    • 3 to 3 and 1/2 years with a maxed-out class load – super-full-time: at or above 16 credits
    • 4 years is the norm – usually full time: 12 credits or more
    • 4 and 1/2 to 5 and 1/2  years, or more – usually part time: below 12 credits
  • Online
    • 2 and 1/2 to 4 years depending on the school – usually one cannot manipulate the program to go faster or slower – but, there are exceptions to this general rule

Masters Degree in Criminal Justice

  • Traditional
    • 1 and

      1/2 to 2 years with a maxed-out class load – super-full-time: may depend on the school, prior permission may be required

    • 2 to 3 years is the norm – usually full time: may depend on the school
  • 3 and 1/2 to 5 years. or more – usually part time: may depend on the school, prior permission may be required
  • Online
    • 1 to 2 and 1/2 years depending on the school – usually one cannot manipulate the program to go faster or slower – but, there are exceptions to this general rule
  • PhD / Doctorate Degree in Criminal Justice

    • Traditional
      • 2 and 1/2 to 3 and 1/2 – with a Masters degree in CJ or prior permission to take on higher class load, usually the former expedites the doctorate.
      • 4 to 5 years is the norm – usually full time: the length of the degree may depend on the school
    • 5 to 6 years, or more – usually part time or a class a time: colleges and universities often cap their PhD program at 5 years, prior permission may be required
  • Online
    • 2 and 1/2 to 4 years depending on the school – usually one cannot manipulate the program to go faster or slower -but, there are exceptions to this general rule
  • I hope this helps you. Just remember that you can, if you would like to, shorten or lengthen the journey to your degree. Usually it takes a little initiative, but it pays dividends down the road. Good luck!

    Source: criminaljusticeonlineblog.com

    Category: Credit

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