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Associate's Degrees in Criminal Justice in Pennsylvania
(found programs from 47 schools)


Why Should I Go Into Criminal Justice?

The state of Pennsylvania has a diverse set of criminal justice needs that reflect its location, which puts it in proximity of the Midwest, New England, and the East Coast. The challenges and dangers in this state reflect a blend of these areas, and criminal justice professionals must be ready to respond to these situations.

As is the case in many states, Pennsylvania has struggled in recent years with its correctional spending. A recent report from Penn Live indicates that Pennsylvania spends more money on its prisons than on its public colleges (2016). For the criminal justice industry, this means that the state has a growing need for correctional officers and those who can address the systemic issues in criminal justice.

The future of criminal justice is being determined every day by those who choose to build careers in this industry.

If you're ready to find out what may be waiting for you in this field, contact schools below to learn more about getting a Pennsylvania criminal justice Associate's degree.

Criminal Justice Associate's Programs in Pennsylvania

While exploring the list of Pennsylvania schools below, you may come across in-person degree programs and online programs. In-person programs give students the chance to engage with others face-to-face, and they may provide accountability for students who have difficulty motivating themselves. Online programs offer much more flexibility to working students and those who keep atypical schedules.

In addition to criminal justice Associate's degree programs, your search may turn up programs that focus on one area of study. Options available at Pennsylvania schools include emergency management, public safety, paralegal studies, legal office assistant, computer forensics, police technology, and court reporting.

If you choose one of these options, you may enjoy the benefits of a curriculum that addresses the specific needs of a career path.

As an example, consider the courses below that are often required in court reporting programs:

  • Court Reporting Orientation
  • Machine Shorthand Theory
  • Speedbuilding
  • Court Transcription
  • Machine Shorthand Companion
  • Jury Charge
  • Question and Answer
  • Business Law

The amount of time you spend in school depends on which institution you choose and which program of study you follow. Overall, Associate's degree programs are about half the length of Bachelor's degree programs. Specialized programs may be slightly longer, due to the internship and elective requirements of certain areas of study.

Pennsylvania state averages are listed here:

  • Timeframe: 2 to 3 years
  • Credits: 63 to 75 credits
  • Average tuition cost per year: $4,927 (College Board, 2016)

By exhausting your financial aid opportunities, you may have a positive impact on your educational spending. Check out our list of criminal justice scholarships to find those that are intended for Associate's degree students. You can also look into local groups like the Pennsylvania American Legion, which awards the Robert W. Valimont Plan Scholarship.

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

When you are ready to start putting your training to work, you can look into criminal justice Associate degree jobs. These jobs are generally entry-level positions that involve direct engagement with community members, inmates, or victims of crime.

For that reason, be ready to work your way up through the ranks. New hires may be assigned overnight, weekend, and holiday shifts. You may have more influence over your schedule as you gain seniority.

As an animal control officer, you can work for counties throughout Pennsylvania. Job openings for Pennsylvania animal control officers may increase 9% by 2022 (O*Net, 2016). The average income for an animal control officer is $45,390 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).

Correctional officers in state and county facilities currently earn an average of $49,830 annually (BLS, 2016). Through 2022, O*Net anticipates a 2% boost in job openings (2016).

Those who use their Associate's in criminal justice to become a police patrol officer may earn a mean annual salary of $63,480 (BLS, 2016). A 3% increase in job openings is predicted between 2012 and 2022 (O*Net, 2016).

The right education may open doors for you and put you in a position to contribute to a field you are passionate about.

If you are ready to get your Associate's degree in criminal justice, use the list of schools below to contact Pennsylvania programs.

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Pennsylvania

Bradford School (Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Legal Office Assistant
Bucks County Community College (Newtown, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Emergency Management and Public Safety
Butler County Community College (Butler, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Services, Associate of Applied Science - Park and Recreational Management
Central Pennsylvania College (Summerdale, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Paralegal
Clarion University (Oil City, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Associate Degree - Paralegal, Associate of Science - Criminology
Community College of Beaver County (Monaca, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Computer Forensics, Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate in Applied Science - Police Technology
Community College of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal
Consolidated School of Business (Lancaster, PA / York, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Legal Administrative Assistant
Delaware County Community College (Media, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Edinboro, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
Everest Institute (Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Legal Administrative Secretary, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
Gannon University (Erie, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Minor - Corrections, Minor - Forensic Investigation, Minor - Juvenile Justice
Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Police Science, Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies, Career Associate - Court & Realtime Reporting
ITT Technical Institute (Dunmore, PA / King of Prussia, PA / Monroeville, PA / Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Specialized Technology - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science and Technology - Criminal Justice
Kaplan Career Institute (Philadelphia, PA / Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Specialized Business - Criminal Justice, Associate of Specialized Business - Criminal Justice
Keystone College (La Plume, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Minor - Criminal Justice Investigation, Minor - Forensic Biology, Minor - Homeland Security
Keystone Technical Institute (Harrisburg, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Paralegal Specialist
Lackawanna College (Scranton, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Science - Criminal Justice - Counseling, Associate in Science - Criminal Justice - Police or Security
Lancaster County Career and Technology Center (Willow Street, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement, Associate of Applied Science - Security
Lansdale School of Business (North Wales, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies
Lebanon County Career & Technology Center (Lebanon, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Lehigh Carbon Community College (Schnecksville, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Administration, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice Administration
Lehigh Valley College (Center Valley, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Lock Haven University (Lock Haven, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
Luzerne County Community College (Nanticoke, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Captioning, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting/Captioning, Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Cyber Security Management, Associate of Applied Science - Legal Assisting
Manor College (Jenkintown, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Paralegal
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Mansfield, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Administration
McCann School of Business & Technology (Carlisle, PA / Dickson City, PA)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate in Specialized Business - Carlisle, PA, Criminal Justice - Associate in Specialized Business - Dickson City, PA, Paralegal - Associate in Specialized Business - Dickson City, PA
Mercyhurst College (Erie, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Criminal Justice, Minor - Psychology of Crime and Justice
Montgomery County Community College (Blue Bell, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Northampton Community College (Bethlehem, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate in Applied Science - Emergency Services Administration, Associate in Applied Science - Emergency Services Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Legal Administrative Assistant, Associate of Applied Science - Legal Office Specialist, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal
Orleans Technical Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting
Pace Institute (Reading, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Peirce College (Philadelphia, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Information Technology- Networking, Administration and Security, Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies (online)
Penn Foster College (Scranton, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate - Criminal Justice (online), Associate - Paralegal Studies (online)
Penn State Altoona (Altoona, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Pennsylvania College of Technology (Williamsport, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Legal Assisting/Paralegal Studies
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College (Johnstown, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science (evening/online classes) - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
PJA School (Upper Darby, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Legal Accounting Paraprofessional, Associate Degree - Paralegal
Reading Area Community College (Reading, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Law Enforcement Administration
Sanford-Brown Institute (Pittsburgh, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
South Hills School of Business & Technology (State College, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Specialized Business - Criminal Justice
Westmoreland County Community College (Youngwood, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Legal Assistant, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Information Security
Wilson College (Chambersburg, PA)
Programs Offered:

Minor - Peace and Conflict Studies
YTI Career Institute (Lancaster, PA)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice & First Response - Associate in Specialized Business Degree


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!