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. 

Gain In-field Skills for Your Criminal Justice Career

As a Criminal Justice Bachelor's or Associate's degree student, you develop the real-world skills you need through first-hand experience to help increase your decision-making ability and comfort level in a variety of environments across the criminal justice system.

Our criminal justice curriculum is designed to help you start or advance a criminal justice career through:

  • Industry-experienced instructors who provide opportunities for you to gain experience in the field with professionals and offenders
  • Hands-on exposure to a day-in-the-life of a criminal justice professional
  • Flexible course schedules to accommodate your lifestyle

Learn more about our Criminal Justice Bachelor's or Associate's degree by completing the form on the right or calling us at 888-549-6755. One of our program managers will be happy to answer all your questions.

Program Highlights
  • Learn from current sheriffs, sergeants, and other seasoned law enforcement professionals
  • Gain real world insight through police ride-alongs, correctional visits, and other hands-on opportunities
  • Examine the social and behavioral issues involved in the study of crime to help you in the field

Criminal Justice Courses

Through practical and relevant curriculum, you learn tactical skills and the day-to-day knowledge of law enforcement professionals to help you succeed in your career. Our criminal justice faculty members deliver an evolving set of in-field experiences to prepare you for life after graduation, including visits to coroner/medical examiner facilities, prisons, and courtrooms.

Sample Course List

Applied Criminal Procedures
This course provides an examination of procedural requirements for the judicial processing of criminal offenders. The concepts of evidence sufficiency, standards of proof, and due process are explored. Students will examine the Bill of Rights and its applicability to the criminal justice process.
Practical Psychology for the Criminal Justice Professional
Students will examine how principles of psychology relate to the field of criminal justice. They will explore fundamental concepts from a criminal justice perspective, focusing on the real-world effects these principles produce on criminal justice professionals, their families, and the citizens they serve. Students will apply ideas from psychology to create effective victim and witness interviewing strategies, offender behavior-modification approaches, and coping methods. They will review the immediate and long-term physiological and psychological effects of stress, trauma, and occupational experiences unique to the profession.
Critical Thinking and Evidence-Based Practices in Criminal Justice
This course is designed to focus on a wide variety of problem solving skills. These include scenario based problem solving and evidence based practices. The inter-related skills necessary for effective problem solving in a criminal justice context are emphasized. The development of evidence based practices will be explored and the incorporation of such practices in the field of criminal justice will be analyzed.
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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    Estimated Tuition Price

    Price if you are continuously enrolled in your program of study until graduation. Estimated price does not include $150 course fee.

  • Grants

    None Partner Success
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    None Corporate Military Scholarship


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  • Net. Estimated Price

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    Price if you are continuously enrolled in your program of study until graduation. Estimated price does not include $150 course fee.

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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

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**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
Associate's Degree
Some College
High School Diploma


Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$32,350$41,480$55,270

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

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,

Salary data includes earnings of March 2012 – December 2012 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

The average
starting salary
for our Criminal Justice graduates:


Seamless Transfer Policies

  • Transfer up to 67% of the credits required to complete your degree
  • Credits accepted from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all courses with a grade of C or higher
  • No expiration of your previously-earned general education and certain degree-specific credits
  • Credit through prior learning, work, and military experience
    • Test out of courses where you can demonstrate specific knowledge
    • Complete advanced placement (AP) exams and achieve a score of 3 or higher
    • Successfully complete college exams (e.g., CLEP, DSST, DANTES, etc.)
    • Successfully submit course waivers for approval from Rasmussen College
    • Submit credits transcribed by the American Council of Education (ACE)
    • Submit a military transcript
  • Transfer all general education courses from your previously earned Associate's or Bachelor's degree, regardless of course of study

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