You’re committed to protecting and meeting the needs of others, preventing the wide-reaching effects of crime, and bringing justice, healing, and restoration to your community — from within neighborhoods to prisons to schools.
A Restorative Approach
PLNU's program focuses on community relations and restorative justice in addition to traditional criminal justice practices. Restorative justice seeks to not only protect the community from crime and hold offenders accountable, but also to heal those wounded by its effects for the purposes of fostering lasting peace and equity in our society. Restorative justice practices center on respecting and serving all involved in the justice system — victims, offenders, and the surrounding community.
Effective online learning for rising professionals
Through this flexible online program, you can learn at your own pace while becoming an influential and responsible leader. Classes are taught by experienced criminal justice faculty and industry leaders.
Learn to foster justice in your ideal learning environment
This online program gives you the flexibility to learn when and where you want. You can complete coursework in the comfort of your home, favorite coffee shop, or local library while choosing a study schedule that works best for you.
Online learning is perfect for those who learn in ways that aren’t often found in traditional classrooms — watching instructional videos, listening to audio lectures at your preferred speed, or dedicating extra study time to tricky topics. You can always connect with professors to help find the best ways to absorb and apply your learning.
Save time for your personal and professional commitments
Learning shouldn’t prevent you from doing what you love. Coursework is designed to be flexible to your needs and help you balance your other life commitments.
While completing this program, you’ll still be able to continue spending time with family, thriving at your full- or part-time workplace, or leisure time.
Engage in community without commuting
Commuting can be stressful and time-consuming — especially in San Diego. Thankfully, you can learn online while still benefiting from PLNU’s strong focus on community. In this program, you’ll meaningfully connect with other students online as you learn and grow in your leadership expertise.
You’ll also have access to top-tier mentorship from professors and advisors. They’ll help you to leverage your strengths to expand your connections and career opportunities. You’ll be able to access resources tailored to you and your career goals.
A seamless transition from your previous experience
A counselor and coordinator will work with you through every step of your journey to complete your bachelor’s, from helping you transfer previously-earned credit to working alongside you with care and encouragement as you earn your degree. You won’t feel like you’re starting a brand-new program — rather, it will be a natural continuation of your previous education experience.
Students applying for this program can also start with as few as zero college credits completed. PLNU offers all general education, elective, and prerequisite courses needed for completion of the criminal justice program. With entry points every 8 weeks, you can start whenever you're ready!
Which program is right for me?
You might be wondering whether the online or hybrid criminal justice program is best for you. Here’s a quick overview to help you connect with your ideal learning environment:
|Criminal Justice, Online||Criminal Justice, Hybrid|
|Who is it for?||Busy working adults who prefer independence.||Those who enjoy in-person learning and cohorts.|
|Program Start||Six start dates year-round||Fall and Spring|
|Program Structure||100% online and asynchronous||Face-to-face one night a week with online coursework.|
|Location (s)||Online — flexible||Multiple locations|
“The criminal justice system provides a unique arena to ensure justice and facilitate restoration. At PLNU, we intend to train our students to see opportunities for transformation in every situation, becoming agents of hope in communities they serve.”
Kevin Modesto, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Family Sciences