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Associate criminal justice degrees

Prepare for a career in criminal justice

Gain insight into criminal justice and corrections with an associate criminal justice degree. Learn skills you need to prepare for a career path in the criminal justice system. Explore agencies at the federal, state and local levels to support and protect your community. 

The best part? You get to learn from experienced law enforcement faculty including corrections, parole and probation, lawyers, judges, chiefs of police, detectives and administrators who are ready to bring their knowledge to the next generation of criminal justice students like you. And with all our courses being 100% online and only 5 weeks long, you’ll have the flexibility to build the leadership skills you're looking for, on your terms.

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Find the criminal justice associate degree for you

12

The number of times a year you can start your degree based on your schedule.

60

The number of credits required to complete an associate criminal justice degree with UOPX.

2

years

The program length for an associate criminal justice degree with UOPX is two years.

years

Skills you’ll develop with core associate criminal justice degree courses

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

  • Enforcement
  • Sociology
  • Communication

Earn career-relevant skills in weeks – not years

Get value from your education before you even graduate. Update your resumé and LinkedIn profile with learned skills when you complete every 5- or 6-week course in our associate, bachelor's and master's programs.

Build skills on your way to your degree

Outlook for workers with an associate criminal justice degree

BLS CATEGORY: Corrections Officers and Jailers

JOB GROWTH: -7%

Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for protective service occupations is projected to be slower than average between 2022 and 2032.

JOB TITLES:

  • Corrections Officer (CO)
  • Juvenile Corrections Officer
  • Correctional Sergeant
  • Community Corrections Officer
  • Security Officer
  • Detention Officer

Online associate criminal justice degree course requirements

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice

You’ll take 6 core courses with program-specific knowledge in law enforcement and criminal justice to help you gain confidence and skills needed to thrive in criminal justice. These core courses include topics like: cultural diversity in criminal justice, introduction to police theory, practices, corrections and more. 

Tuition and financial aid

Affordable, locked-in tuition

Tuition guarantee
Compare tuition costs and see how affordable a degree can be

Ways to pay — and save. Explore your options.

From grants and scholarships to transfer credits and federal financial aid, there are a variety of ways to pay for school and save on tuition for your criminal justice degree.

Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid is money from the U.S. Department of Education to help you pay for your college tuition and expenses.

Financial Aid

Military or Veteran Benefits

See if you qualify to use veterans’ education benefits or tuition assistance to help pay for school.

Military or Veteran Benefits

Employer Tuition Discounts

Check if your employer provides tuition assistance, benefits, or reimbursement programs toward your degree.

Employer Tuition Discounts

Transfer Credits

Your prior eligible credits can cover a portion of your criminal justice associate degree to help you graduate sooner. Have previous relevant work and life experience evaluated for potential credit. If you have military or law enforcement training such as Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) or basic corrections academy training, you can have relevant experience evaluated for potential college credit.

Transfer Credits

Credit for Prior Learning

Explore savings opportunities to earn college credit for skills you’ve gained through work and life experiences. Have previous relevant work and life experience evaluated for potential credit. If you have military or law enforcement training such as Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) or basic corrections academy training, you can have relevant experience evaluated for potential college credit.

Credit for Prior Learning

Student experience

Jtrenae H.

“Remember why you decided to take this step, and that will be your new chapter. Never settle. You’ve got this!”

—Jtrenae H.
AACJS, 2022

Over 1 million alumni have earned their degrees while balancing work, school and life. So can you. 

Manage Time with Flexible Courses

Manage Time with Flexible Courses

Use Robust Student Resources

Use Robust Student Resources

Learn Online

Learn Online

How to apply for your online associate criminal justice degree

Once you’ve selected your degree program, choose your start date from our calendar, apply for free and register before the deadline (usually one week before the program starts). Then you’ll speak to an enrollment representative to begin class.

  • No application fee
  • No SAT, GMAT or essay required
  • Our risk-free trial lets eligible students try out University of Phoenix for three weeks with no financial obligation
Apply for your associate degree online

Meet your college deans

Our college deans focus on developing a career-relevant curriculum. They bring industry experience to the classroom and lead a faculty of academic professionals with one goal in mind—to help you earn the skills you need to pursue your career.

Christina Neider, Dean

Christina Neider, EdD

Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Franzi Walsh, Associate Dean

Franzi Walsh, DBA

Associate Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org since 1978.

Associate criminal justice degree FAQs

Associate degree programs typically take two years to complete. However, your time to completion will be impacted by other factors, including eligible transfer credits and any breaks in your studies at the University. You may be able to save time and money on your associate criminal justice degree by transferring eligible credits from an accredited institution or applying to have your relevant work and life experiences evaluated for potential credit toward your degree. 

 

Yes, all our courses are available 100% online. Where most colleges expect you to take several courses at once, here you take one course at a time over five weeks in an innovative, virtual, asynchronous learning environment. You and your peers will engage in discussions, assignments and learning activities. Plus, you’ll learn from faculty who bring their own real-world experience and practice the same knowledge and skills they teach, all while learning industry-relevant skills necessary to promote your career growth. What’s more? Throughout the course of your learning experience, our academic counselors and finance advisors are always there to answer your questions.

You can continue your education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. If you’re looking to build knowledge and career-relevant skills, an online bachelor’s degree can help you take that next step in your career.

You may be able to save time and money on your associate criminal justice degree by transferring eligible credits from an accredited institution or applying to have your relevant work and life experiences evaluated for potential credit toward your degree. Speak with an enrollment representative to start the process of evaluation by the University to see if your prior college credits can apply to your program and to request your transcripts.

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