Degree Programs

NMSU’s distance education degree programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means. NMSU offers Bachelor degree completion programs, Masters and Doctorate programs, and a number of Graduate Certificate and K-12 NM educator licensure and endorsement programs.

Please contact the listed distance education director for your degree program.

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Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Degree Completion Program

College: Arts and Sciences

Program Category: Technology-Based Programs

Description: Intended for students who have attained Sophomore status and have completed all lower division BCJ requirements because only the upper division course sequence is available in the online curriculum. The minor in Forensic Science is NOT available online.

Delivery method: Canvas

Requirements: The BCJ requires a total of 33 credit hours: 6 credit hours at the lower division, 5 upper division required CJ courses and 12 upper division elective credits in CJ (excluding internship and independent studies courses). These electives must include at least one course from each of three of the following content areas: Policing, Courts and Law, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, and Justice Studies. Please visit our website for a list of courses under each of the categories listed. In addition the following non-Departmental requirements also need to be met:

  • Complete three English courses: English 111 and 2 from English 203, 211, 218, 311 & 318
  • Complete one Math course from the following: Math 121G, 142G, 190G, 191G OR STAT 251
  • Complete one Philosophy course from the following: Phil 100G, 201G, 211G, 223G, OR an upper division equivalent
  • Complete second language through the 212 (214) level; or MATH 191

* Second language can be waived with 3 credits in a single language from high school, with a grade of C or better.
-Complete statewide common core courses

Costs: Current main campus tuition and fees plus a $35 per credit hour distance education fee. See the University Accounts Receivable Tuitions and Fees for the current rate.

To apply: Students must be admitted to NMSU and formally declared as BCJ majors to enroll in the upper division BCJ curriculum courses. Students are advised by Criminal Justice faculty using the STAR Degree Audit System.

Accreditation: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
HLC website
HLC phone: 800-621-7440

Specialized Accreditation:

More info: Department of Criminal Justice

Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in a course, or if you require accommodations in order to take a distance education course, contact NMSU's Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Providing accommodations for distance education students sometimes requires more time than in a traditional classroom setting so students are encouraged to begin working with SAS as early as possible.

Updated: 2017-08-16

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