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Criminal Justice Degrees

Protect and serve at a higher level.

Stackable Credentials

Education You Can Build On

Credential Laddering for Bachelor's Degree This diagram shows the required 180 credits required for a Bachelor's Degree 0 Credits 90 Credits 180 Credits Start Here HIGH SCHOOL GRADS Start Here TRANSFER STUDENTS Start Here SECOND DEGREE PURSUERS End Here ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE End Here BACHELOR'S DEGREE

Total Associate's Degree Credits Needed to Complete

91 Credits

Total Bachelor's Degree Credits Needed to Complete

180 Credits

Our ladder lets you reach higher.

Our "laddering" approach to education allows you to bolster your resume by earning your online Criminal Justice Associate’s degree in the process of earning your online Criminal Justice Bachelor’s degree. Then, once you’re ready, you can transfer those initial credits to complete your Bachelor’s degree. It’s both time- and money-saving. 67% of program requirements may be completed through Knowledge Credit®: transfer credits, self-directed assessments, course waivers or other ways of getting credit for prior learning. Don’t discard credits—make the most of them.

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Learn from seasoned professionals in your field.

Everything you’ll learn in our online Criminal Justice programs has been validated by criminal justice professionals with experience in the FBI, DEA, United States Secret Services, Homeland Security and more.2 Our instructors bring experience in law enforcement, narcotics, combating human trafficking and corrections.

Plus, transferable skills that take you farther.

Wherever your career takes you, you’ll be a stronger contributor with skills in:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Digital Fluency
  • Information Literacy

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You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is criminal justice?

    You may assume criminal justice simply means being a police officer but there’s much more to the field and the careers you’ll find in it. The justice system spans from crime prevention to legal careers to corrections and rehabilitation.

  • Is criminal justice a good career?

    According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), criminal justice careers are in demand with reasonable salaries to account for the important role these workers play in our society. For example, probation officers and correctional treatment specialists show an average projected job growth of 4% between 2020 and 2030.3

  • What can you do with a criminal justice degree?

    While it may depend on your education level, the criminal justice field can lead to a variety of career options. Some of the most in-demand criminal justice careers are:

    • Court clerk
    • Security officer

    The Criminal Justice program is not designed to meet the educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in any states. The program has not been approved by any state professional licensing body and does not lead to any state-issued professional license.1

  • What can I expect from an online criminal justice program?

    Many students are busy, working adults and need a program that can fit to their schedule. Our program offers you the flexibility to keep working and complete your fully online courses on your own time to give you more control and balance over your busy schedule.

  • Will I receive hands-on training?

    The online program covers the skills you’ll need to serve and protect once you graduate. Through live interactive sessions, real-world projects and scenario-based assessments, and the curriculum led by experts in the field—you’ll be able to gain the in-demand skills, critical-thinking abilities and confidence to enter the workforce and serve your community.

  • Where can I find a criminal justice program near me?

    Our online programs are available nationally, and we offer on-the-ground support at 23 campuses in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

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