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Online Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Programs
(found programs from 113 schools)


Below is a list of all of the Online Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Programs we could find, from over 1,800 schools across the US.

An online Associate Degree in criminal justice offers students a theoretical and practical framework for understanding and participating in law enforcement and related fields.

Not just on-campus anymore

The earliest criminal justice programs were designed to help professionalize the police force and reduce police corruption, and many criminal justice programs are still heavily focused on law enforcement. Typical course options might include: community policing, crisis intervention and criminal procedure. Over the years, both course selection and course delivery methods have expanded. More and more associate in criminal justice programs are now being offered online.

Below, we speak with Dr. Jami L. Myers, Assistant Professor at Florida State College, about the online Associates degree in Criminal Justice Technology.

Online associate degree criminal justice programs are split between those that have some on campus requirements (usually in the form of a one to two week seminar) and those that exist exclusively online. Further, most programs require some kind of internship experience. In general, this internship can be completed close to the student's home, or the requirement can often be satisfied with work experience if one is already working in a criminal justice field. A typical criminal justice associates degree will take between 18 and 24 months of full-time study to complete.

All the tools for learning

With course structures that offer a mix of video courses, online discussion boards, readings, and periodic live chats, students find that online associate degree criminal justice programs offer more flexibility than brick and mortar counterparts. Students, though, should be aware that the success rate for online degree programs is mixed. A 2009 study done by SRI International for the Department of Education found that students in online classes performed better than those in face-to-face classroom settings (http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/19/study-finds-that-online-education-beats-the-classroom/). However, a 2011 study by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College (http://chronicle.com/article/Community-College-Students/128281/) found that community college students enrolled in online courses fail or drop out almost twice as often as students in classroom courses. Students that do well tend to be tech savvy enough to handle the technical facets of online coursework and self-directed enough to stay on schedule and ask for help when falling behind. Your best bet might be to look for more blended options, like those offered at Hudson Valley Community College, which allow you to change to an on-campus program if needed.

Finding the right fit

Although an associate degree in criminal justice does touch on the psychology of criminals, as a field of study it is far more focused on the structure of the law and its practical applications. The criminal justice degree seeks to answer questions such as: do we send drug offenders to prison or rehab; what constitutes torture; what are the rights of the accused; and what are the rights of the victim?

Associates in Criminal Justice programs may go by a few different names. For example, you can earn an associate degree in:

  • Criminal Investigations, focused on what we traditionally view as "detective work," helps students become adept at analyzing crimes such as rapes, murder, assault, and fraud.
  • Criminal Justice Administration is focused more on the paperwork and office procedures of a criminal justice organization.
  • Security Technology/IT Security is focused on cyber crimes.
  • Corrections deals mainly with the prison system.
  • Paralegal studies prepares students to work with lawyers.

In addition associate degrees in criminal justice come in a variety of types - including Associate of Science, Associate of Justice, Associate Degree, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of Arts, with arts degrees having more of a liberal arts direction and the science degrees having a more significant science component.

Law Enforcement careers and more

Career opportunities with an associate of criminal justice degree tend to be centered on police work, though other options include government work, private security, and paralegal positions. In some states, an associate degree can qualify graduates for case worker jobs with youths, under the care of child protective service bureaus, or with adults who are the victims of domestic violence. Increasingly, these jobs are requiring bachelor's degrees, so for future positions you might also want to consider applying your associate degree in criminal justice courses toward a bachelor's program.

Where to go for more information

There are a number of resources that can provide additional information if you're seeking to pursue an associate degree in criminal justice. Discover Policing (http://blog.discoverpolicing.org/) is a blog for those considering law enforcement as a career. It provides keen insight on recruitment and law enforcement jobs and even features interviews with law enforcement professionals. The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) (http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm) website is an online resource community for students and faculty members to share resources.

Please feel free to contact the schools using the links below. You should try to contact multiple schools to get a good range of programs to compare, since they often differ widely in terms of tuition, admissions requirements, and even how truly "online" they are. We tried to restrict this list to the programs that appeared to be all, or nearly all, online, but it’s still best to confirm the details directly with the schools.


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American Intercontinental University (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Business Administration (Criminal Justice Administration concentration) (online)
Anthem College Online (Online)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Arapahoe Community College (Littleton, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Baker College (Cadillac, MI / Clinton Township, MI)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Services Management (online), Associate of Criminal Justice - Criminal Justice (online)
Berkeley College (New York, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Justice Studies - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Applied Science - Justice Studies- Criminal Justice (online)
Bismarck State College (Bismarck, ND)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Broadview University (Layton, UT / Orem, UT / West Jordan, UT)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Brookline College (Albuquerque, NM / Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

AS - Criminal Justice (online), AS - Paralegal Studies (online), Associate of Arts - Paralegal (online)
Bryan University (Gold River, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associates in Court Reporting (online), Associates in Litigation and E-Discovery Paralegal Studies (online)
Bryan University (Topeka, KS)
Programs Offered:

Associate's in Criminal Justice (online)
Bryant & Stratton College (Albany, NY / Amherst, NY / Buffalo, NY / Cleveland, OH / Eastlake, OH / Liverpool, NY / Milwaukee, WI / Orchard Park, NY / Parma, OH / Richmond, VA / Rochester, NY / Syracuse, NY / Virginia Beach, VA / Wauwatosa, WI / Willoughby Hills, OH)
Programs Offered:

AAS - Criminal Justice (online), AAS - Paralegal Studies (online), Associate Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Associate Degree - Security Technology (online), Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - IT Security (online)
California Coast University (Santa Ana, CA)
Programs Offered:

AS - Criminal Justice (online)
Central Texas College (Killeen, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Corrections (online), Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security and Emergency Management (online)
Centura College (Chesapeake, VA / Richmond, VA / Virginia Beach, VA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Paralegal Law (online), Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - Paralegal Law (online)
Chancellor University (Cleveland, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Criminal Justice (online)
Clackamas Community College (Oregon City, OR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Corrections (online), Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice (online)
Clovis Community College (Clovis, NM)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online)
College of Court Reporting Inc (Hobart, IN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting (online)
College of the Mainland (Texas City, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice (online)
Colorado Technical University (North Kansas City, MO / Sioux Falls, SD)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
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)
Court Reporting Institute of St. Louis (Dallas, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Court Reporting (online)
Eagle Gate College (Salt Lake City, UT)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - Paralegal (online)
East Central Technical College (Fitzgerald, GA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology (online)
Edison Community College (Piqua, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Office Systems Management: Legal Office Support (online)
Everest College (Colorado Springs, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Everest College Phoenix (Mesa, AZ / Phoenix, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Criminal Investigations (online), Associate Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Justice - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - Criminal Investications (online)
Everest University Online (Tampa, FL)
Programs Offered:

Associate (online), Associates in Criminal Investigation (online)
Florida State College at Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Technology (online)
Fortis College (Centerville, OH / Orange Park, FL)
Programs Offered:

AS - Criminal Justice/Homeland Security (online), Associate Degree - Homeland Security (online), Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice / Homeland Security (online)
Fox Valley Technical College (Appleton, WI)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement (online)
Gloucester County College (Sewell, NJ)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Grantham University (Lenexa, KS)
Programs Offered:

AA - Criminal Justice (online)
Harrison College (Anderson, IN / Elkhart, IN / Fort Wayne, IN / Indianapolis (Downtown), IN / Muncie, IN)
Programs Offered:

AAS - Criminal Justice (online), AAS - Paralegal (online), Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Hartnell College (Salinas, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Administration of Justice - Correctional Science (online)
Haywood Community College (Clyde, NC)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Technology (online)
Herkimer County Community College (Herkimer, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate in Science - Criminal Justice: Cybersecurity (online), Associate in Science - Criminal Justice: Economic Crime (online), Associate in Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies (online)
Herzing University (Birmingham, AL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Hillsborough Community College (Tampa, FL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology (online), Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Technology (online)
Hodges University (Naples, FL)
Programs Offered:

AS in Criminal Justice (online), AS in Paralegal Studies (online)
Holyoke Community College (Holyoke, MA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Hudson Valley Community College (Troy, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online)
ICDC College (Los Angeles, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Paralegal (online), Associate of Science - Homeland Security (online)
Iowa Central Community College (Fort Dodge, IA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Criminal Justice (online)
ITT Technical Institute (Anaheim, CA / Boise, ID / Canton, MI / Chantilly, VA / Clovis, CA / Cordova, TN / Duluth, GA / Earth City, MO / Fort Lauderdale, FL / Hilliard, OH / Indianapolis, IN / Jacksonville, FL / Kansas City, MO / Kennesaw, GA / Lexington, KY / Little Rock, AR / Madison, WI / Miami, FL / Mobile, AL / Mount Prospect, IL / Norfolk, VA / Oklahoma City, OK / Oxnard, CA / Phoenix, AZ / Pinellas Park, FL / Portland, OR / Richmond, VA / Saint Rose, LA / San Bernardino, CA / Seattle, WA / Spokane Valley, WA / Springfield, VA / Sylmar, CA / Tampa, FL / Thornton, CO / Troy, MI / Tucson, AZ / Warrensville Heights, OH / Wyoming, MI)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Ivy Tech Community College (Bloomington, IN / Columbus, IN / Evansville, IN / Fort Wayne, IN / Gary, IN / Indianapolis, IN / Kokomo, IN / Lafayette, IN / Madison, IN / Muncie, IN / Richmond, IN / Sellersburg, IN / South Bend, IN / Terre Haute, IN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies (online), Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies (online)
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)
John Hancock University (Chicago, IL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies (online)
Jones College (Jacksonville, FL)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Science - Legal Assistant (online)
Kaplan University (Cedar Falls, IA / Cedar Rapids, IA / Chicago, IL / Council Bluffs, IA / Davenport, IA / Fort Lauderdale, FL / Greenacres, FL / Hagerstown, MD / Lincoln, NE / Mason City, IA / Miami Lakes, FL / New York, NY / Omaha, NE / S Portland, ME / St. Petersburg, FL / Urbandale, IA)
Programs Offered:

AAS - Criminal Justice (online), AAS - Fire Science (online), AAS - Paralegal Studies (online)
Kaplan University - Online (Online)
Programs Offered:

AAS in Criminal Justice (Military Only) (online)
Keiser University (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Programs Offered:

AA - Criminal Justice (online), AA - Homeland Security (online), AA - Paralegal (online), AS - Fire Science (online)
LA College international (Los Angeles, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Criminal Justice (online)
Lake Region State College (Devils Lake, ND)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement (online), Associate of Applied Science - Peace Officer Studies (online)
Lakeland Community College (Kirtland, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies (online)
Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA)
Programs Offered:

AA - Criminal Justice (online)
Lincoln College (Lincoln, IL)
Programs Offered:

AS - Criminal Justice (online)
Lincoln College of Technology (Cincinnati/Downtown (Vine Street), OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Lincoln Land Community College (Springfield, IL)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Arts - Law Enforcement (online)
Lincoln Technical Institute (Lincoln, RI)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - Criminal Minds (online)
Los Angeles Valley College (Valley Glen, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Administration of Justice (online)
Miller-Motte College (Cary, NC)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Science (online), Paralegal - Associate of Applied Science (online)
Minneapolis Community and Technical College (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security (online)
Missouri Southern State University (Joplin, MO)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Law Enforcement (online)
Modesto Junior College (Modesto, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Administration of Justice (online), Associate of Science - Administration of Justice (online)
Monroe College (Bronx, NY / New Rochelle, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
National American University (Bloomington, MN / Overland Park, KS)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Computer Security A.A.S. (online), Criminal Justice A.A.S. (online)
Navarro College (Corsicana, TX)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies (online), Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice (online)
New Mexico Junior College (Hobbs, NM)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice (online)
North Central State College (Mansfield, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice: Peace Officer (online)
Northampton Community College (Bethlehem, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Northern Essex Community College (Haverhill, MA)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement (online)
Northern New Mexico College (Espanola, NM)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Police Science (online)
Northwestern College (Bridgeview, IL)
Programs Offered:

AAS - Criminal Justice (online)
Peirce College (Philadelphia, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies (online)
Penn Foster College (Scranton, PA)
Programs Offered:

Associate - Criminal Justice (online), Associate - Paralegal Studies (online)
Prince Institute (Montgomery, AL / Schaumburg, IL / Westminster, CO)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - CART/Captioning (online), Associate Degree - Judicial Reporting (online), Associate Degree - Professional Transcription (online)
Quinsigamond Community College (Worcester, MA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Randolph Community College (Asheboro, NC)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Technology (online)
Rasmussen College (Aurora, IL / Bismarck, ND / Bloomington, MN / Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, MN / Eagan, MN / Fargo, ND / Fort Myers, FL / Green Bay, WI / Lake Elmo, MN / Land O Lakes/East Pasco, FL / Mankato, MN / Ocala, FL / Rockford, IL / St. Cloud, MN)
Programs Offered:

AAS - Paralegal (online), AS - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online), AS in CJ - Correction (online), AS in CJ - Law Enforcement (online), Associate of Arts - Accounting - Financial Investigations (Online) (online)
Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Criminal Justice (online)
Remington College (Baton Rouge, LA / Fort Worth, TX / Garland, TX / Houston (Westchase), TX / Little Rock, AR / Memphis, TN / North Olmsted, OH)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Ridgewater College (Willmar, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement (online)
Rio Salado College (Tempe, AZ)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Law Enforcement Technology (online)
Riverland Community College (Austin, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Corrections (online)
Saint Leo University (Saint Leo, FL)
Programs Offered:

AA - Criminal Justice (online)
Santa Barbara Business College (Santa Maria, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Paralegal (online)
Schoolcraft College (Livonia, MI)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security (online)
Southwest Florida College (Fort Myers, FL)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Paralegal Studies (online)
St. John's University (Queens, NY)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Criminal Justice (online)
Strayer University (Alexandria, VA / Newington, VA)
Programs Offered:

AA: Criminal Justice (online), Associate in Arts in Criminal Justice (online)
Sullivan University (Louisville, KY)
Programs Offered:

AS - Justice and Public Safety (online)
Surry Community College (Dobson, NC)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Technology (online)
The University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL)
Programs Offered:

Minor - Forensic Studies (online)
Thomas University (Thomasville, GA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Law Enforcement (online)
Trident Technical College (Charleston, SC)
Programs Offered:

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

Associate of Science in General Studies - Criminal Justice (online)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock, AR)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Law Enforcement (online)
Vista College Online (Richardson, TX)
Programs Offered:

Criminal Justice Associate Degree (AAS) (online), Paralegal Associate Degree (AAS) (online)
West Hills Community College District (Coalinga, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Corrections (online), Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - Corrections (online), Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
West Valley College (Saratoga, CA)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Legal Transcription Technologist (online)
Westwood College (Annandale, VA / Los Angeles, CA)
Programs Offered:

A.A.S. - Paralegal (online), Associate of Science - Information Technology: Systems Security (online)

Are we missing any schools or programs? If so, please let us know! We appreciate your help in making this the best directory of Criminal Justice Degree Programs on the web. You can send us an email at schools@criminaljusticeprograms.com.