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Our Criminal Justice Associate’s degree is focused on developing real-world skills to help you increase the decision-making and critical-thinking skills needed to make decisions under high-pressure situations. Completed in as few as 18 months, our online program offers flexible courses that deliver an evolving set of in-field experiences and provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to launch a successful career in the criminal justice workforce.* Learning from experienced professionals, you will gain the skills necessary to assess situations using verbal and non-verbal communication cues and develop critical-thinking skills to positively react to fast-paced and ever-changing scenarios.

Our Criminal Justice Associate’s degree is also available with our Flex Choice® option—which allows you to save time and money by combining traditional courses and self-directed assessments into your own schedule.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Associate's Degree18 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 degrees are designed to help you gain relevant skills employers seek, including:

  • Hands-On Skills Training

    Through in-field experiences, you learn to assess various situations and develop critical-thinking skills.

  • 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.

  • Navigating the Justice System

    Understand how the legal process works, from law enforcement to the courts and correction system, in order 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.

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.

Our Grads Achieve Career Success

Graduates from our School of Justice Studies 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
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Minnetonka Police Department

116 Years of Successful Graduates

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

*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 Salary

for our Criminal Justice Graduates:

  • Associate's Degree$33,539

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 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)
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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