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Associate’s Degrees in Criminal Justice in Alabama
(found programs from 22 schools)


Why Should I Go Into Criminal Justice?

Associate's degree programs generally focus on giving students practical skills and information that they can immediately use in the workplace. With so many areas of specialization in criminal justice, earning an Associate's degree is an ideal way to prepare for an entry-level career and further explore your education options.

The cohesiveness of the Alabama criminal justice system has yielded remarkable results in recent years. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency reports that overall crime dropped 5% in 2014, while the FBI indicates that Southern states saw a significant decrease in property crime and burglary (2016).

Whether you want to work in corrections, policing, or the legal system, an Associate's degree provides a strong educational foundation for future career goals.

Get more information on earning a criminal justice Associate's degree by contacting Alabama schools below.

Criminal Justice Associate's Programs in Alabama

At Alabama community colleges and technical schools, students can choose from a variety of criminal justice programs. While general criminal justice programs are widespread, many schools have specialized programs that focus on a specific career path or work setting.

Associate's degree options in Alabama include legal administrative assistant, criminal justice administration, fire science, paralegal, public safety communication, and homeland security.

Homeland security is a field that has grown rapidly since international terrorism came to the forefront of American security threats. In this type of program, you may take courses like:

  • Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • Domestic and International Terrorism
  • Introduction to Security
  • Introduction to the Intelligence Function
  • Risk Management and Analysis
  • Organizational Integration and Management

Specific requirements are determined by each school, but as a general rule, you should plan on completing an internship while earning an AA criminal justice degree. Spending a semester at a local criminal justice agency can be invaluable, both for the work experience you get and the possible professional connections you can make.

See the list below for an overview of Alabama Associate's in criminal justice programs:

  • Timeframe: Between four and five semesters
  • Average cost: $4,314 per year, based on full-time enrollment (College Board, 2016)
  • Credit range: 60 to 64 credits

One benefit of earning an Associate's degree is the relatively low cost of two-year programs. However, you may be able to further reduce the cost of your education with financial aid. Central Alabama students can apply for the Officer David Lee Colley Memorial Scholarship, which is worth $1,500. Find more scholarships for Associate's degree students on our scholarships page.

What Can I Do With a Criminal Justice Degree in Alabama?

An Associate's in criminal justice may help you qualify for a variety of entry-level criminal justice positions, as well as further undergraduate study. With experience and seniority, you may move into supervisory and leadership positions.

Those who study fire science may look for fire investigator and fire inspector job openings. Across Alabama, demand for fire inspectors may jump 7% between 2012 and 2022 (O*Net, 2016). The average salary in this field is $54,840 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).

With police academy training, you may apply for police patrol officer jobs. A 7% increase in job openings is predicted through 2022 (O*Net, 2016). The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an average salary of $43,250 per year for patrol officers (2016).

Police detectives may see a 4% swell in job openings through 2022 (O*Net, 2016). Currently, the average salary for a patrol officer is $59,910 per year (BLS, 2016).

While applying for jobs, fully explore all professional connections you have. If you do well during an internship, you may use a strong reference to make your experience stand out. Some schools have organizations for criminal justice students; as an alumni member, you may use this as a resource to find job openings.

Starting a career in criminal justice can strengthen your community and your personal fulfillment. The first step is earning a criminal justice Associate's degree; Alabama schools are listed below. Contact programs that interest you to get started.

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Alabama

Calhoun Community College (Tanner, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Chattahoochee Valley Community College (Phenix City, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Homeland Security
Coastal Alabama Community College (Bay Minette, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
Columbia Southern University (Orange Beach, AL)
Programs Offered:

AAS of Criminal Justice Administration (online), AAS of Fire Science (online), AAS of Occupational Safety & Health (online), Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Enterprise State Community College (Enterprise, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Office Administration: Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Faulkner University (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminalistics
Gadsden State Community College (Gadsden, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Office Administration Technology - Administrative Assistant - Legal, Associate of Applied Science - Public Safety Telecommunications, Associate of Arts/Associate of Sciences - Criminal Justice
Herzing University (Birmingham, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
ITT Technical Institute (Bessemer, AL / Mobile, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies
Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Public Safety Communications (online)
Jefferson State Community College (Birmingham, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement (online), Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
Lawson State Community College (Birmingham, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Northwest-Shoals Community College (Muscle Shoals, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Prince Institute (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - CART/Captioning, Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting, Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription, Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online)
Remington College (Mobile, AL)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associates
Shelton State Community College (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Legal Secretary, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Troy University (Troy, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science in General Studies - Criminal Justice (online)
Wallace Community College (Dothan, AL)
Programs Offered:

AAS in Criminal Justice - Forensic Investigations, AAS in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
Wallace Community College-Selma (Selma, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Wallace State Community College (Hanceville, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Cyber Security, Associate of Applied Science - Forensic Investigations, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement


In addition to the campus based programs, there are numerous online programs available for many of the common Criminal Justice degree types (Associate, Bachelors, Masters, PhD) and specialties. Please feel free to use the links on the left-hand side of this page to explore some of the online degree programs available. Thanks for visiting!