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Associate of Arts with a concentration in Criminal Justice

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.

Note: The Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice program does not satisfy the requirements of the Minnesota Police Officer Standards and Training Board. Students will not qualify to be a police officer nor sit for the licensing exam in Minnesota upon successful completion of this program.
*Maryland residents completing this program will earn an Associate of Arts with an emphasis in Criminal Justice.

What you'll learn

 
 
 

How to customize your degree

Focus your educational journey even further. By adding one of the following areas of focus, you can better tailor your degree to your career, interests and the skills you want to learn.

Make an informed choice

We believe that students and families should be prepared financially for college and understand gainful employment opportunities before starting any program. So we want to ensure you have the information you need to make an informed choice - information like what it will cost, the skills you'll learn through your chosen program, and the types of occupations the program prepares you for.

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How to afford your degree

Find out how you may be able to lower your out-of pocket expenses and what options may be available to help you fund your education.

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How to get started

Talk with a representative to learn more about the admissions process and choose your degree program.

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.

Core courses

How to customize your degree

Focus your educational journey even further. By adding one of the following areas of focus, you can better tailor your degree to your career, interests and the skills you want to learn.

Make your work experience count

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.

Make your enrollment decision easier with our tuition tool

From finding the right college to finding time for your other work and family responsibilities - we know you have a lot on your mind. That's why we offer the tools you need to better understand your financial commitment and the Finance Advisors who can help you understand your options.

How much will it cost?

Knowing your cost commitment up-front can help you successfully plan for your degree program.

Use our tuition calculation tool

Cash Plan

Review our Cash Plan, which gives you the option to pay course-by-course as you pursue your education.

Scholarships

Scholarships pay for tuition-related expenses and don't need to be paid back. Your advisor can help you find scholarships that you may be eligible for.

Prior Learning Assessment

Learn about how you can fulfill some credit requirements from prior experience, professional training, licenses, certificates and transcripts from previously attended colleges and institutions.

Federal Financial Aid Plan

Investigate federal financial aid options including government grants and loans. Your advisor will help you check your eligibility.

Third-party billing

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.

Need more information?

An advisor can help you review your options and choose the one that’s best for you.

How can I use my Military benefits?

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.

The Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program

With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.

Montgomery GI Bill

At University of Phoenix, you can apply your Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty, or your Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve benefits to your educational costs.

Post 9/11 GI Bill

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. 

Active Duty Spouse Benefits

As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.

Benefits of this degree program

  • Development of management skills

    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.

  • Interactive simulations

    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.

  • A comprehensive education

    In addition to studying policing, you’ll learn the foundation of the entire courts and corrections system, which includes prison, probation and parole.

  • Criminal Justice Honor society

    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.

  • Industry alliances

    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.

Is this the right program for you?

Talk to an advisor who specializes in the Associate of Arts with a concentration in Criminal Justice degree to make sure this program fits your specific needs. You can also get to know University of Phoenix by checking out the Phoenix Prep Center.

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The College of Criminal Justice and Security

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.

Faculty with years of experience in the field

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.

Updated curriculum

Courses are typically reviewed every 18 months, and new programs are developed based on the pressing demands within the criminal justice and security fields.