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

As a Criminal Justice major at Rasmussen College, you could be on your way to serving your community or advancing your career in as few as 18 months with our online Criminal Justice Associate’s degree or our online Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Bachelor’s degree.1

Criminal Justice Associate’s Degree

Through our online Criminal Justice Associate’s degree program, you can learn the critical-thinking skills needed to make decisions in high-pressure situations. Our comprehensive curriculum prepares you to apply your training in a broad range of environments and situations, from law enforcement and corrections to juvenile justice and domestic violence.2

Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Bachelor’s Degree

The focus of our Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Bachelor’s degree is on developing your leadership skills to help you achieve the promotion or specialized assignment you want to advance your career. Available fully online, this program is designed for criminal justice professionals and is offered in our Bachelor’s degree-completion format. Throughout their Criminal Justice studies, students will learn the theory and practice of criminal justice law, procedures and research methods, and develop an understanding of criminal behavior, crime prevention and diversity in the justice system.3

Our Criminal Justice Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees are both available with Flex Choice®, which allows you to save time and money by combining traditional courses and self-directed assessments to earn your degree with more flexibility and affordability.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Associate's Degree18 Months
Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree-Completion Program18 Months

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Gain In-Field Criminal Justice Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical, hands-on opportunities in your online Criminal Justice courses, you can prepare for a successful career in the criminal justice workforce. Our degrees are designed to help you gain relevant skills employers seek, including:

  • Values-Based Leadership in Criminal Justice

    Discuss ethical challenges, the use of power, the discretion and responsibility to act, and the role of personal character in service professions.

  • Cultural Diversity and Justice

    Review racial theories and research the behavior and victimization affecting the criminal justice system.

  • Criminal Justice Procedures Overview

    Develop a strong knowledge of the criminal justice field and an understanding of the theory and practice of criminal justice procedures and research methods.

  • Communication and Critical Thinking

    Learn complex criminal justice issues in law enforcement, corrections, security, juvenile justice and domestic violence.

Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE): The Criminal Justice Associate’s degree program meets standards established by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (MN POST) for persons who seek employment in Minnesota as a peace officer. Graduates of this program may need to successfully complete additional academic coursework, training, practical/skills, and fitness standards before becoming eligible to sit for the MN POST licensing exam. Some of this training cannot be completed online. The Criminal Justice Associate's degree program is not aligned to the standards of any professional licensing body other than the MN POST, and is not intended to satisfy professional licensure requirements of any professional licensing agency in any other state.

Our Grads Work Across Industries

Graduates from our School of Justice Studies programs are working for leading industries, including:*

  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal
  • Public Health
  • Social Services
  • State Government

117 Years of Successful Graduates

At Rasmussen College, we’ve been dedicated to our mission of preparing students for career success since 1900.

*Industry information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the industries shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities within these industries will be available.

Criminal Justice Program Entry Requirements

In addition to meeting standard Rasmussen College admissions requirements, you will need to pass a background check prior to enrolling as a Criminal Justice Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree student.

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In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.* Here is the average salary by percentile and projected job growth for criminal justice professionals:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2024)
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives$48,930$63,050$82,0904%
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers$38,030$44,020$59,7203%
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$33,430$42,910$58,3205%

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed August 9, 2016] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed February 25, 2016] www.bls.gov/ooh/. BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.

Additional training may be required for some career opportunities. Check with the appropriate professional oversight agency in your state of residence for further details.

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1Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.

2The Criminal Justice Associate’s degree program meets standards established by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) for persons who seek employment in Minnesota as a peace officer. Graduates of this program may need to successfully complete additional academic coursework, training, practical skills, and fitness standards before becoming eligible to sit for the POST licensing exam in Minnesota. Some of this training cannot be completed online.

3This program has not been approved by any state professional licensing body, and this program is not intended to lead to any state issued professional license. For further information on professional licensing requirements, please contact the appropriate board or agency in your state of residence.

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