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Courses

1

Course at a time

5

Weeks per course

10

Courses per year

Schedule

Your academic counselor will help you schedule your courses.

What you'll learn

When you earn your online associate’s in criminal justice, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Police theory and practice
  • Juvenile justice systems
  • Criminal courts
  • Corrections

Program Purpose Statement

The University’s Criminal Justice programs are educational degree programs. For those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or corrections or as a peace officer with any particular local, state, federal, tribal 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.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with an Associate's in Criminal Justice?

An AACJS can prepare you to be a: 

  • Correctional officer
  • Jail officer

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for correctional officers is projected to be lower than average between 2018 and 2028.

Tuition

Paying for school

locked-in tuition

$398

Cost per credit

Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

Save time and money on your degree

Credit transfer made easy
Graduate faster by transferring in prior eligible credits from another accredited institution.

Earn your degree faster
Have previous relevant work and life experience evaluated for potential credit. If you have military or law enforcement training such as Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) or basic corrections academy training, you can have relevant experience evaluated for potential college credit. Contact an enrollment representative at 844-YES-UOPX for more information.

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Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org. Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Faculty fast facts

25

Average years of industry experience

20

Lieutenants

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.