Williams Baptist University

Williams Baptist University is a four-year, Christian, liberal arts university. Williams is known for its academic excellence and personal attention, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 14-to-1, as well as its warm, Christ-centered environment. There are over 500 students on WBU's main campus at Walnut Ridge, Ark., and a total enrollment of about 600. Most students live in on-campus residence halls and apartments. Williams has over 25 majors and pre-professional programs to prepare students for a wide array of career options, and it is ranked in the top tier of southern colleges & universities by US News & World Report. It is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Program Offerings

The Division of Graduate and Online Programs offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice for qualified students.  The online B.S. in Criminal Justice is designed as a degree completion for students already possessing an associate’s degree, or possessing qualifying transfer semester credit hours matching the general education requirements of the degree plan.  

This program was developed with the objective of meeting the need for quality instruction being given to those professionals already in their career fields, or those who have a strong interest in a career in criminal justice.  Keeping this objective in mind, this program is being offered exclusively online in an effort to clear roadblocks in the paths of those professionals already working in their chosen career field.  Offering the program online gives the student flexibility to complete coursework, regardless of his or her own personal work schedule. 

Courses in 8-Week Blocks

The design of this program allows a non-traditional, working student the ability to attend college and finish in the same time a traditional full-time student would.  The length of each course is only 8 weeks, with a student recommended to take only two courses at a time.  Each traditional fall and spring semester is divided into two (2) 8-week terms, with an additional 8-week term in the summer.  By dividing a traditional semester into two (2) 8-week terms, a student taking two classes at a time still qualifies as a full-time student, an important consideration when applying for Federal Financial Aid.


The Williams Criminal Justice online program is VERY competitive in costs and VERY high in quality!

  • Tuition for the online B.S. in Criminal Justice program is $350 per credit hour. There are no additional fees for classes.  This is an important consideration when examining the cost of other programs.
  • No books to buy. Text books can easily cost a full-time student an extra $1,000 each semester. For the online B.S. in Criminal Justice Program, eBooks are included with the tuition.
  • A student may earn up to 15 semester hours of credit based on qualified professional training and education, and an additional 15 semester hours of credit based on professional experience.  Note: Students must complete a Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio to apply for experiential credit.  For more information please contact the Criminal Justice Program Director.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at WBU’s website.

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