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Associate's Degrees in Criminal Justice in Virginia
(found programs from 30 schools)


Why Should I Go Into Criminal Justice?

With its proximity to Washington DC and other major players in the criminal justice industry, Virginia has a duty to uphold high ethical standards and use the latest research in the development of statutes and laws.

If you start your career in this field by earning a Virginia criminal justice Associate's degree, you may learn about research, correctional techniques, and the role of different professions in this field.

In fact, this could be one of the best times to start studying criminal justice in Virginia. The state recently devoted a grant of $74 million to the improvement of its criminal justice programs (Daily Progress, 2016). This money was divvied up for different counties and earmarked for specific purposes and statewide goals.

Are you ready to take your career to the next level and find out how a degree may help you? Browse the list of schools below and contact Virginia schools for more information on earning an Associate's degree in criminal justice.

Criminal Justice Associate's Programs in Virginia

One of the most important things you can do as an aspiring student is to compare your school options. You may spend more than two years at your chosen school, so you want to know that it is a good fit for you.

Below, find out what the average Virginia school requires for graduation and the average tuition rate:

  • Timeframe: 2 to 2.5 years
  • Credits: 60 to 67 credits
  • Average tuition cost per year: $4,802 (College Board, 2016)

However, don't just look at a school's tuition rate. You should also look into its financial aid program to find out what scholarships and grants may be available to you based on your financial need and academic performance. One scholarship that is available to students throughout Virginia each year is the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Scholarship.

Use our list of scholarships to find others you can apply for.

Another factor to consider is your area of study. If you are considering options beyond a general criminal justice degree, Virginia has programs that focus on law enforcement, corrections, administration of justice, forensic science, and protective services, among others.

You may wish to compare required courses and learning outcomes to differentiate between schools.

The following courses are often required in Virginia corrections programs:



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!