Develop Hands-On Skills for a Career on the Front Lines

Earn Your Criminal Justice Bachelor's or Associate's Degree

Our Criminal Justice Bachelor's and Associate's degree curriculum combines practical skill development and hands-on learning in the field to help you prepare for intense scenarios criminal justice professionals face in the line of duty. Through courses taught by seasoned law enforcement professionals, you gain career insight and the skills you need to help you become sought-after in the criminal justice workforce.

Why This Program?

As a Criminal Justice Bachelor's or Associate's degree student, you gain the real-world experience you need to elevate your decision-making skills in a variety of environments across the criminal justice system through:

  • Hands-On Experience for Your Career

    Gain exposure to a day-in-the-life of a criminal justice professional through experiences such as police ride-alongs, prison visits, courtroom attendance, and other in-field opportunities

  • Real World Insight From Your Instructors

    Learn from current sheriffs, sergeants, and other seasoned criminal justice professionals

  • Curriculum Designed to Help You Protect and Serve

    Develop the skills you need through curriculum designed to address safety and security in the evolving criminal justice system

You can earn your Criminal Justice Associate's degree in as little as

18 months*

Minimize your time to graduation by transferring credits.*
Find out how

Average Class Size

24 students

Receive the attention you want in small class sizes.

What You'll Learn

Your Criminal Justice Bachelor's or Associate's degree courses prepare you to succeed as a professional in the criminal justice system through curriculum designed to highlight:

  • Exposure to Real World Scenarios

    Build confidence through correctional and medical examiner visits, and other in-field opportunities

  • Critical Thinking and Evidence-Based Practices

    Apply evidence based practice strategies to criminal justice situations

  • The Structure of the U.S. Court System

    Examine the structure of the court system of the United States by visiting an original court proceeding

Chad, School of Justice Studies Graduate

“I was very prepared when I graduated from Rasmussen College. Now I am able to work in a career where I serve my community.”

— Chad, School of Justice Studies Graduate

Program Entry Requirements

You will need to pass a criminal background check prior to enrolling as a Criminal Justice Bachelor's or Associate's degree student. To learn more, call 888-549-6755 or complete the form to speak with a program manager.

Program Graduation Requirements

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Skills to Help Start Your Criminal Justice Career

Our graduates are working for leading employers in the criminal justice system, including:

  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • North Dakota State Patrol
  • Illinois Department of Corrections
  • Illinois Department of Corrections
  • State of Wisconsin - Dept of Corrections
  • Green Bay Packers Building Security
  • Allied Barton – Security Guards
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services

The hands-on skill development and real-world experience our students receive help them land careers in correctional facilities, prisons, police departments, and other criminal justice settings throughout the nation.

FACT: 75% of our
criminal justice graduates

or continuing their education.*

Criminal Justice Career Outlook

Education Career Outlook

There is a wide-range of career opportunities within the field of justice studies. Our Criminal Justice Career Outlook is designed to help you plan your professional future by providing in-depth descriptions of in-demand justice studies careers.

Career Options and Salary Estimates

What Could You Earn as a Criminal Justice Professional?

Your Criminal Justice Bachelor's or Associate's degree can help you start or advance your career as a sheriff, patrol officer, or pursue another path as a criminal justice professional. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our criminal justice graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers $28,240 $35,390
Police Patrol Officers $41,110 $54,230
Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs $41,110 $54,230

The average
starting salary
for our Criminal Justice Bachelor's degree graduates is


A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings Report from Bureau of Labor Statistcis
National Average Lifetime Earnings* Unemployment Rate*
Bachelor's Degree
$2,281,040 4.9%
Associate's Degree
$1,763,440 6.8%
Some College
$1,622,240 8.7%
High School Diploma
$1,367,880 9.4%

The BLS estimates a

8% Job Growth

for police patrol officers by 2020.

Estimate Your Return on Investment (ROI)

Calculate the estimated return on your degree of interest.

Sample Estimated Return on Investment for:
Criminal Justice Bachelor's degree

  • $54,230 median salary
  • x 30 years
  • $1,626,900 estimated potential lifetime earnings
  • - $53,820 educational program costs*
  • $1,573,080 estimated return on investment

*Educational program costs are representative.

The BLS states the median yearly salary for a Police Patrol Officers is $54,230. If you invested $53,820 in your Criminal Justice Bachelor's degree and started a career as a Police Patrol Officers , your estimated return on investment would be $1,573,080 throughout your career.*

How Much Will It Cost?

Calculate the estimated cost for your degree.

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Financial Aid

We can help you find the financial aid options that work for your situation. With 93% of our students receiving financial aid, we know how to help make your degree more affordable:

Save Money Through Affordable Tuition and Credit Transfers

Watch the video below to learn more about how you can make your Rasmussen College degree more affordable:

Save Time and Money By Transferring Credits

  • Credit from thousands of colleges and universities
    • Transfer your credits from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Transfer all your previously-earned general education credits
    • We do not have an expiration date for general education credits
  • Work experience credit
    • Earn credit through prior learning, work, and military experience

» View all of our transfer policies

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An Accredited College You Can Trust

Criminal Justice Program Approval

The Criminal Justice Bachelor's degree program at Rasmussen College is POST Board approved. Rasmussen College is the first college in Minnesota to earn both Associate's and Bachelor's degree approval from the POST Board.

The POST Board approval of this program allows graduates to complete the POST Board licensing exam after they have completed the required practical skills training which is also offered by Rasmussen College. The curriculum at Rasmussen College satisfies the academic requirements for a Minnesota professional peace officer education program and prepares students for the POST exam necessary to become a licensed peace officer in Minnesota.

Higher Learning Commission Accreditation

Rasmussen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Why You Should Choose Rasmussen College

More than 110 Years of Helping Students Become Successful Professionals

Since 1900, Rasmussen College has provided practical, market-relevant, and career-specific higher education programs designed to give graduates a competitive advantage in the job market and achieve career success.


Your Career Success Remains Our Focus Today

Today, our goal of helping our students become successful professionals remains strong. Whether you choose to earn your college degree on campus or online, everyone at Rasmussen College will work hard to help you achieve the professional success you want:

  • Career Services Advisor

    Helps you develop a resume and search for jobs so you can start your career upon graduation

  • Student Advisor

    Works with you to balance your course load so you graduate on time

  • Technical Support Specialist

    Troubleshoots your technology obstacles 24/7

  • Academic Tutor

    Clarifies complex course material, so you succeed in your courses

  • Student Financial Advisor

    Provides you with a clear understanding of your student loans, scholarships, and grants

Check out your complete SUPPORT+ team and see how they can help you earn your degree.

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