Online Associate Degrees in Criminal Justice
Graduates of the program may either seek entry-level employment or enroll in a baccalaureate degree program. Associate-level graduates may seek employment in federal security programs, state police departments, probation offices, correction facilities, and investigative bureaus.
- Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
- Program Length: Two years to complete
- Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
- Projected Employment Growth: 7% (2010-2020)*
Curriculum for online associate-level criminal justice degree programs may include select general education courses alongside core criminal justice classes. These online courses may teach students how to conduct basic investigative techniques, conduct effective correctional procedures, and write detailed criminal reports. Core online criminal justice courses may include the following:
- Introduction to Forensics
- Criminal Justice Communications
- Criminal Evidence
- Juvenile Justice
- Policing in America
- Introduction to Terrorism
Associate-level graduates may seek employment in police departments, correction facilities, government programs, private security firms, and juvenile detention programs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, police and detective employment is projected to increase by 7% from 2010-2020.*
Possible careers include:
- Police Officer
- Probation Officer
- Deputy Sheriff
- Corrections Officer
Upon successful completion of an associate degree program, students may wish to further their education by transferring to a four-year baccalaureate degree program in criminal justice or related field. A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice may provide students with advanced training in security and police administration. Employers may prefer individuals hold an associate degree to qualify for entry-level criminal justice positions.
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*
- AAS in Criminal Justice
- Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology
- BS in Corrections
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Welcome to Argosy University
Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges: College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.
- Criminal Justice (BS) (Online)
Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose. Our 20,000 alumni, from more than 110 countries, are changing the world as accomplished professionals. Named a top-15 school nationally for online bachelor's programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2015), Regent is among the most affordable undergraduate Christian colleges (CCCU 2015). Fully accredited, challenging programs are available online and on campus. New classes begin every eight weeks.
- Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
- Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Criminal Justice
- Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Criminal Justice
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