Learn the critical-thinking skills needed to make decisions in high-pressure situations with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. Our online Criminal Justice program focuses on developing real-world skills to help increase the abilities you’ll need to launch a successful career.2 When you want to advance your education, you can smoothly transfer your Associate’s degree credits into our Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Bachelor’s degree. This online Criminal Justice degree is available with Flex Choice®, which allows you to combine traditional online coursework and self-directed assessments—a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know.
This Criminal Justice program has not been approved by any state professional licensing body and does not lead to any state-issued professional license. In Minnesota, the Criminal Justice Associate’s degree program does not meet the standards established by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board for persons who seek employment as a peace officer.
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What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?
Advance Your Education
Rasmussen College’s ladder curriculum allows you to easily transfer your Associate’s degree credits toward a Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Bachelor's degree.
Make a Positive Impact
Our Criminal Justice program gives you the knowledge and skills you need to make a positive impact on your local community.
Versatile Job Potential
Our comprehensive curriculum prepares you to apply your training in a broad range of environments and situations, from law enforcement, security and corrections to juvenile justice and domestic violence.3
What Skills Will I Gain?
Comprehension of the Criminal Justice System
Understand the history and development of the criminal justice system and its effect on society, as well as the theory and practice of criminal justice procedures.
Cultural Diversity and Justice
Develop an awareness and understanding of critical relationship issues between the Criminal Justice system and the diverse populations of the communities served.
Communication and Critical Thinking
Apply critical-thinking skills to appropriately react to fast-paced, constantly changing issues in criminal justice, such as law enforcement, corrections, security, juvenile justice and domestic violence.
Understand Criminal Law and Procedure
Understand what criminal law is and the legal procedures required to enforce the law.
What Types of Classes Will I Take?
- CCJ 1000
- 4 Credits
- CCJ 1153
- 4 Credits
- CCJ 1382
- 2 Credits
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Explores the three components of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the courts and corrections, including jails, prisons, probation/parole and rehabilitation programs.
Criminology: Motives for Criminal Deviance
Examines the social and behavioral issues involved in the study of crime as a social phenomenon, as well as the various techniques for measuring the amounts and characteristics of crime and criminals.
Field Communications in Criminal Justice
Studies the skills of both oral and written communication with emphasis on writing formats used by justice professionals. Examines how to effectively communicate within diverse communities and populations.
24 Courses to Complete
91–93 Credit Hours (Varies by State)
What Should I Know Before I Enroll?
Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen College School of Justice Studies vary depending on the program. We do not require enrolling students to submit standardized test scores; however, every entrant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.
We believe in giving credit where it’s due. Talk to a program manager today or explore our Transfer Policy page to review our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.
Help Paying for College
Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to a program manager and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts.
Where Can I Find a Criminal Justice Program Near Me?
At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available on your schedule, not the other way around. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus and nationally online, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. See below to find out where you can find a Criminal Justice program near you.
- Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
The Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Bachelor’s degree and Criminal Justice Associate’s degree programs have not been approved by any state professional licensing body, and the programs do not lead to any state-issued professional license. For further information on professional licensing requirements, please contact the appropriate board or agency in your state of residence. Additional education, training, experience, and/or other eligibility criteria may apply.
In Minnesota, the Criminal Justice Associate’s degree program does not meet the standards established by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board for persons who seek employment as a peace officer.
- In Minnesota, the Criminal Justice Associate’s degree program does not meet the standards established by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board for persons who seek employment as a peace officer.