How Many Criminal Justice Classes Do I Take at One Time

The question of how many criminal justice classes do I take at one time while studying online is answered in three distinctive ways. Each way is designed for the student to successfully complete their criminal justice degree online usually based on the level of program one is taking.

Masters & Doctorate Level Criminal Justice Classes Online

When I went to Boston University for my masters I had to take only one class at a time for a 6 to 7 week period. Despite the seeming easiness of one course it was very challenging. I completed my criminal justice program in a year and a half, yes, entirely online. Here’s how it looked for me.

It was set up on a “track program” basis. Track 1 had a different schedule than Track 2 but it offered the same time frame for one to graduate. Essentially if I started one course earlier or one course later I would be set up with Track 1, a different course schedule.

Bachelors & Associates Level Criminal Justice Classes Online

When I was going for my bachelors at Colorado Technical University Online I had a different schedule. This one included two classes at one time. It seems much more demanding than the masters program, but it was about the same. This program was 8 weeks, but heavily accelerated. The requirement to complete many more classes during the bachelors degree would take twice as long if we were to take one class only. Luckily, I didn’t have to do that and you won’t have to either.

Criminal Justice Classes Online with Minimum Time Restrictions

There are criminal justice programs out there that will let you take one to two courses at one time, but with a significant time allowance. Unlike the programs mentioned in the above paragraphs, these degree programs will give you a certain number of months (up to 6) to complete a single course, or a certain number of years to complete the program by (up to 5 or more). I don’t recommend these types of programs at all, as the student may often get too comfortable and fail to complete any assignments. This is only recommended to those that are self-disciplined and need a lot of time to complete the degree.

Final Words of Advice

Don’t worry about how many classes you might have to take online at one time. It will be usually no more than two. You will be able to keep up with the course load even if you have a life, a family, and a job. Online education offers you the freedom to take classes on your own clock. Yes, often within their time limits, but that’s the whole point. A little structural integrity is always needed.

If you are in a hurry, work free, and have plenty of time on your hands you may want to ask for more than the recommended class minimum. However, this may still not bring you your degree that fast. The reason is that while you rush through some courses others may not be offered when you need them. Schools develop schedules that are usually set in stone. Ask your advisor if you can take classes at your local community college, college, or university to supplement your requirements. This most likely won’t work for masters level classes.

Keep your eyes glued to this blog for more info. More updates on courses and programs coming to you soon. Good luck.

Article written by Radek Gadek

Radek holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. He is currently doing consulting work and runs this blog to provide relevant information on criminal justice degrees, colleges and related careers.

3 comments… add one
  • Tim Robinson

    Hey Radek, I think you have a great blog here. I am taking a few online classes right now. BU is a good school to get your criminal justice degree, but I am University of Phoenix. I like it there.



  • Angella

    This is really helpful and answered all my questions that i had.

  • Joel

    I am taking basics in college but I dont know how many basics I need to take for Criminal Justice

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