Help Advance Your Criminal Justice Career

Earn Your Criminal Justice Degree

Our Criminal Justice Bachelor's degree with a Leadership and Management specialization is focused on developing your leadership skills to help you achieve the promotion or specialized assignment you want to advance your career. Available fully online to Associate's degree-holders, our Criminal Justice Bachelor's degree is designed for criminal justice professionals and is offered in our AcceleratED degree-completion format. The program is designed to help current criminal justice professionals advance their career on an efficient timeline and at an affordable cost.

Our Criminal Justice Associates and Bachelor’s degrees offer flexible courses taught by seasoned law enforcement professionals who deliver an evolving set of in-field experiences that help you to become sought-after in the criminal justice workforce. You learn to assess situations through verbal and non-verbal communication cues and develop critical-thinking skills to positively react to fast-paced and ever-changing scenarios.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Associate's Degree 18 Months
Bachelor's Degree 18 - 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 degrees are designed to help you gain relevant skills employers seek, including:

  • Hands-On Skills Training

    Seasoned law enforcement professionals help you become sought-after in the criminal justice field. 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, research methods and leadership tactics.

  • 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.

Practical, Affordable and Focused on Results

In our AccleratED Criminal Justice Bachelor's degree with Leadership and Management specialization, you study material and complete projects directly relatable to your current criminal justice career. Our field-experienced instructors focus on:

  • Leadership philosophy, strategy and skills
  • Leading and motivating teams
  • Increasing morale
  • Building upon and applying leadership strategies and skills to your specific career

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
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Minnetonka Police Department

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 $31,307
  • Bachelor's Degree $30,500

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%
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers$37,690$43,830$57,7004%
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives$47,390$60,500$79,1905%

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, bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm, census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh/

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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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