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Interdisciplinary Studies: Criminal Justice Leadership

12+ Months

$500 Per Credit Hour

Transfer 60-90 Credits

5 Start Dates

Open Doors for Advancement

OU’s Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Criminal Justice Leadership is a 100% online program that will get you ready for the next phase of your career. Designed for students ages 25 and older who have already completed at least 60 hours of college credit, the bachelor’s degree in criminal justice leadership makes finishing your degree an obtainable goal. 

Led by a team of instructors who have extensive experience in law enforcement and leadership, the criminal justice leadership program will help you gain the knowledge and skills necessary to lead in the law enforcement field.

Admissions Deadlines:

Rolling Admissions

Program Start Terms:

Fall, Spring, Summer

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Pursue Your Criminal Justice Leadership Degree

Take the next step for your career with a degree from the University of Oklahoma. Applications are reviewed year-round for eight-week sessions in the fall, spring, and summer. Choose your program, choose your start, and apply today.


Transfer Your Credits

Our generous transfer credit policy can help you get a degree faster than you might think. Transfer your previous credits and get your degree in as little as 12 months.

Meet One of Our Enrollment Coaches, Missy

Missy is one of our enrollment coaches for criminal justice leadership. Along with helping students through the application process, she seeks out strategic alliances and maintains partnerships that align with the program audience.

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Missy Heinze

“I am truly inspired by students in my classes each and every term. The stories that they tell, the obstacles they’ve overcome, the dreams that they have and are working hard toward every single day… I am humbled to get to be a part of their journey.”

Jennifer Gatlin, Instructor

Same Excellence of Learning

Every OU Online program is built on the foundation of world-class University of Oklahoma faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we are offering the most advanced curriculum available and preparing students for future career success.  

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Benefits of the Criminal Justice Leadership Bachelor’s Degree

Finish What You Started

Get a first-class education with the pride of completing what you started. Our flexible online format allows you to complete assignments on your own schedule, leaving more time for what matters to you most. You’ll have support from our experienced faculty and advisors every step of the way.

Strong Career Growth

Jobs in law enforcement are expected to grow 7% by 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With an average of 67,100 openings for police and detectives over the decade, a criminal justice leadership degree will help drive your career upward with more job options and opportunities for increased pay.

Transfer Credit and Go Further Faster

Our transfer credit policy gives you credit for what you’ve already done, so you can get your degree as quickly as possible. In addition to a world-class online academic experience, you’ll experience personal growth and transformation that will benefit both you and the organizations you go on to serve.

Invest in Yourself

Meet your goals and reach beyond them. A bachelor’s degree can lead to a 49% increase in salary or more, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The best investment you can make for your career is in yourself.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The criminal justice leadership degree completion program requires 120 credit hours to graduate, and 60-90 of those hours can be transferred to OU from other institutions. 

For example, if a student transfers in 90 credit hours, only 30 hours at OU are required to complete the degree. At $500 per credit hour, the cost to that student would be $15,000. 

Total Degree Cost

$15,000-$30,000 depending on the number of transfer credits

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

1 Credit Hour = $500

3 Credit Hours = $1,500

6 Credit Hours = $3,000

9 Credit Hours = $4,500


Fees associated with the program are included. Books and materials are additional.

Financial Aid

Program Breakdown

Offered through the nationally ranked OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies, the online Bachelor of Arts – Criminal Justice Leadership is a fast-paced, accelerated program designed to accommodate working adults. When you are admitted into the program, you will be assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses you need for your degree.

These courses will total a minimum of 30 credit hours completed in the upper-division (3000-4000) level. Degree topics will vary depending on your proposed plan of study.

Manageable Accelerated Courses

All undergraduate courses in this program are eight weeks long. Most students choose to take four courses (or 12 credit hours) a semester; two courses the first half of the semester and two courses the second half of the semester. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules — these courses are fast-paced and intensive. 

Designed for working professionals who want to finish their degree quickly, the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - Criminal Justice Leadership can be completed in as little as 12 months, depending on the number of transfer credit hours you have.


B.A. - Criminal Justice Leadership FAQ

The University of Oklahoma’s online bachelor’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Created by university faculty and staff, the online programs are held to the same high standards of quality as our in-person programs. When you graduate from an online program, your diploma will look the same as those received by students who attend class on campus.

To be admitted to the online bachelor’s degree, students must have 60+ hours of letter-graded college credit, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and be 25 years of age or older.

Students must:

  • Complete the online application at
  • Provide official college transcripts from all institutions 
  • International students must demonstrate English proficiency

For more information on the admissions process or to request a transfer credit evaluation, please schedule a call and an enrollment coach will be in touch shortly.

If you are younger than 25 or do not have 60 college credit hours, the University of Oklahoma offers a number of bachelor’s degree programs that might be right for you. More information about these degrees can be found on the College of Professional and Continuing Studies website.

No. Applicants should have at least 60 hours of letter-graded college credit, but they do not need an associate degree to be admitted.

Our programs are offered year-round and in eight-week increments. You can apply to begin in the fall (August or October), spring (January or March), and summer.

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before the start of classes. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks from the time a completed application is submitted.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page.

Why OU Online?

We are a top-tier public institution offering high-quality, affordable, professional undergraduate and graduate programs that are committed to maintaining academic excellence in an online format.

Our Online Programs

Every OU Online program is built on the foundation of world-class faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we are offering the most advanced curriculum available and preparing students for future career success.

Our OU Family

When you graduate from an OU Online program, you’ll join the network of 250,000 OU alumni and be forever part of the OU family. Become part of the tradition of excellence that OU has established in its 130-year history.


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