An associate’s degree is typically a two year program and is designed to help students develop fundamental criminal justice skills as well as a general education in the liberal arts and sciences. Associates degrees usually focus on helping students develop technical skills that will help them qualify for entry level positions in local or state law enforcement. Police departments and local law enforcement agencies are looking for new recruits that have completed at least some college training prior to applying, so earnig an associate’s degree is a good degree to start out with. Associate’s degree credits, earned at an accredited college, can also transfer to a four-year college and help students qualify for a bachelor’s degree program down the road.
Below you’ll find a comprehensive directory of colleges offering over 1200 accredited associate degree programs in criminal justice.
Criminal Justice associate degree programs listed by state: