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Explore the world of criminal justice with an Associate of Arts with a concentration in Criminal Justice* degree from University of Phoenix. This is a great way to start your journey into the field of criminal justice, corrections or security. In addition to building a solid foundation by studying policing practices, the court system, corrections and juvenile justice, you’ll develop sought-after critical-thinking skills as well as invaluable leadership abilities. All of the courses in our associate degree in criminal justice are updated regularly to ensure real-world relevance and are taught by leaders in the field of criminal justice and security.
*Maryland residents completing this program will earn an Associate of Arts with an emphasis in Criminal Justice.
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The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.
To view all the courses you’ll need to complete this degree program, visit our General Education requirements page.
University of Phoenix allows you to apply relevant learning, work and life experiences to college credits through the Prior Learning Assessment process. Speak with a representative to find out if you can fulfill some elective, interdisciplinary and/or general education courses by going through the PLA process.
Learn about how you can fulfill some credit requirements from prior experience, professional training, licenses, certificates and transcripts from previously attended colleges and institutions.
Investigate federal financial aid options including government grants and loans. Your advisor will help you check your eligibility.
Under the Third-Party Billing Plan, University of Phoenix directly bills an approved employer for a student's tuition. To find out if your company supports direct bill, speak to your human resources department or one of our advisors.
An advisor can help you review your options and choose the one that’s best for you.
Whether you're serving on Active Duty, are a member of the Reserve or National Guard, or are the spouse of a military member, you're eligible for a reduction in tuition. Our special military tuition rates combined with some of the resources below can help you get started in your pursuit of a degree.
With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.
If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits.
As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.
Unlike many colleges that only teach about the criminal justice system, the College of Criminal Justice and Security at University of Phoenix goes above and beyond by emphasizing management and administration skills as well. By gaining these skills, you’ll not only learn more about the criminal justice system but also you’ll be better equipped to become a leader in the field.
Experience the world of criminal justice through dynamic online interactive simulations. You’ll complete engaging activities, watch videos from criminal justice experts and more while learning important concepts and theories.
In addition to studying policing, you’ll learn the foundation of the entire courts and corrections system, which includes prison, probation and parole.
As a student in the College of Criminal Justice and Security, you’ll have the opportunity to become a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society through the Eta Theta Chapter. This is a nationally recognized honors society for students and graduates of esteemed criminal justice and security programs across the nation.
The College of Criminal Justice and Security is consistently building partnerships with reputable criminal justice and security organizations. Recently, the college has become the strategic academic ally of the FBI National Academy Associates and offers four scholarships to FBINAA members. Additionally, the college has an alliance with ASIS International, the premier security association, and offers two ASIS International scholarships.
While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.
The University's Criminal Justice programs are educational degree programs. For those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, corrections, or as a peace officer with any particular local, state, federal, or international agency, there are numerous additional qualifications (and often disqualifications) depending on the position. Before enrolling in a Criminal Justice program, potential students are highly encouraged to check with the relevant agency for a complete list of position requirements. The University makes no representations regarding whether any particular University program will qualify a graduate for any such position.
The College of Criminal Justice and Security was created to provide degree programs that give students a deeper understanding of criminal justice and security best practices and help you advance your career.
Our more than 2,200 faculty members have an average of 20 years of experience in the fields they teach and hold leadership positions such as chief of police, warden, security executive, judge, sheriff and more.
Courses are typically reviewed every 18 months, and new programs are developed based on the pressing demands within the criminal justice and security fields.