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

Earn Your Criminal Justice Degree

Our Criminal Justice Bachelor's and Associate's degree curriculum combines practical skill development and in-field applied learning experiences including job shadowing, police ride along opportunities and prison visits to help you prepare for intense scenarios criminal justice, legal, and human service professionals face on the job.

Through flexible courses taught by seasoned law enforcement professionals with first-hand experience as current and retired sheriffs, highway patrol officers, sergeants and legal professionals, you gain career insight and the skills you need to help you become sought-after in the criminal justice workforce.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Associate's Degree 18 Months
Bachelor's Degree 36 Months

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Gain In-Field Criminal Justice Skills Employers Seek

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

  • Hands-On Skills Training

    Prepare for intense scenarios criminal justice professionals commonly experience through hands-on training opportunities as you earn your degree.

  • Criminal Justice Procedures Overview

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

  • Navigating the Justice System

    Understand how the legal process works from law enforcement to the course and through the corrections system to navigate the ins and outs of today’s complex justice system.

  • Communication and Critical Thinking

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

POST Board-Approved in Minnesota

Rasmussen College is one of the only colleges in Minnesota with its own POST board-approved police academy that prepares you to earn the Law Enforcement Skills Certificate you need to obtain your Minnesota police officer licensure.

Our Grads Achieve Career Success

Graduates from our Criminal Justice programs are working for leading employers, including:*

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

Success Rate

90% of responding December 2012 to June 2013 graduates are working in their field of study or continuing their education.*

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

Average Starting Salary

for our Criminal Justice Graduates:

  • Associate's Degree $30,031
  • Bachelor's Degree $30,792

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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How Much Could You Earn as a Criminal Justice Professional?

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 2022)
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$32,670$41,910$56,1306%

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.
Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years,,

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook,

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How Much Will it Cost?

At Rasmussen College, we’re committed to helping make higher education more affordable for you. That’s why we offer straightforward tuition costs locked in place until you graduate, so you know your tuition will not increase through graduation if you are continuously enrolled.

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Affordable Options to Help You Save Money

Through our comprehensive SUPPORT+ student services, our student financial services advisors help you receive affordable tuition as you earn your degree. Browse our options to see how you can save:

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