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Associate's Degrees in Criminal Justice in Ohio
(found programs from 61 schools)


Why Should I Go Into Criminal Justice?

When the criminal justice industry changes, each state has to make adjustments that fit current research, their residents' concerns, and their criminal justice budget. This industry covers every aspect of preventing, responding to, solving, and punishing crime.

For that reason, systemic change requires the cooperation of thousands of Ohio professionals. With a criminal justice Associate degree, you may use your skills and education to affect positive change in policing, corrections, and other specialties. Current efforts in Ohio focus on the correctional system.

The prison population has increased substantially in recent years, leading to an all-time historic high prison population in 2016 (Vindy, 2016). As legislators trying to find ways to keep people out of prison and help previous offenders transition into community life, police officers and correctional officers need to handle the sudden uptick in inmates.

If you are ready to find out how an Ohio criminal justice Associate's degree can make you a valuable asset to this field, keep reading to learn more.

Criminal Justice Associate's Programs in Ohio

One of the earliest decisions you have to make as a student is what you would like to study. The field of criminal justice is quite expansive. You can choose to earn an Associate's degree in criminal justice; this option provides you with an overview of many different areas of study.

If you have more focused career goals, you may consider a specialty like cyber security, court reporting, legal office assisting, law enforcement, corrections, or forensic science.

There are many ways you can compare schools, but perhaps the most important measure is academic quality. You want to choose a degree that is beneficial to your career goals.

Whether you are looking at multiple programs within the same school or the same program across different schools, compare learning outcomes and required courses.

For example, a cyber security program may include the following courses:

  • Web Security
  • Networking Systems
  • Routes and Routing
  • Computer Forensics and Investigation
  • Ethical Hacking and Network Defense
  • Collecting Evidence
  • Networking Security

No matter which type of degree you select, make it a priority to get practical experience before you graduate. Practical experience gives you access to local employers and shows you how you can use your skills in the workplace. A semester-long internship may show you where your strengths are and what you need to work on to be successful.

Program expenses are set by each institution, creating another factor that may influence your school decision. Make sure to compare in-person and online criminal justice degree programs, as you may find that changing your plans slightly can lower your costs.

Ohio averages are listed below:

  • Timeframe: 2 to 2.5 years
  • Credits: 60 to 72 credits
  • Average tuition cost per year: $4,534 (College Board, 2016)
  • Financial aid is available through a number of sources. The Ohio Department of Higher Education awards grants to promising students who display financial need and are willing to work in Ohio after graduation.

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

    By the time you complete your degree, you should be well aware of your career options and the different ways in which you can use your degree. Through 2022, criminal justice job openings in Ohio may grow steadily. O*Net predicts a 9% jump in security guard job openings between 2012 and 2022 (2016).

    Demand for police detectives is expected to remain stable (O*Net, 2016). On average, you may see 70 new parole officer job openings per year between 2012 and 2022 (O*Net, 2016).

    Average salary data is helpful in comparing career paths, but remember that salaries are often determined by each individual county. Ohio security guards report an average income of $27,950 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016). The average annual salary for a police detective is $69,740 (BLS, 2016). The average income for a parole officer is currently $47,480 per year (BLS, 2016).

    If you are ready to pursue a career that truly matters to society and that has plenty of different options for advancement, this is the time to get involved in criminal justice.

    Use our list of schools below to find Ohio programs that interest you. Contact them today for more information on earning an Associate's in criminal justice.

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    Ohio

    Ashland University (Ashland, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
    Belmont College (Saint Clairsville, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Cyber Security & Computer Forensics
    Bohecker College (Ravenna, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Business - Criminal Justice
    Bowling Green State University-Firelands (Huron, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
    Bradford School (Columbus, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate Degree - Legal Office Assistant
    Bryant & Stratton College (Cleveland, OH / Eastlake, OH / Parma, OH / Willoughby Hills, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    AAS - Criminal Justice (online), AAS - Paralegal Studies (online), Associate Degree - Criminal Justice, Associate Degree - Security Technology (online), Associate in Criminal Justice - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - IT Security (online)
    Central Ohio Technical College (Newark, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Forensic Science Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement Technology
    Chancellor University (Cleveland, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
    Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (Cincinnati, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate Degree - Safety and Security Management, Associate of Science - Legal Assistant, Associate of Technical Studies - Law Enforcement
    Clark State Community College (Springfield, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Business - Judicial Reporting (Broadcast Captioning/CART option), Associate of Applied Business - Judicial Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Court Broadcast Captioning/CART, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Judicial Reporting
    College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Arts - Paralegal
    Columbus State Community College (Columbus, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Science - Emergency Medical Services, Associate of Science - Fire Science, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement - Corrections, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement, Associate of Science - Paralegal
    Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Business - Captioning and Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Business - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement - Basic Police Academy, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement - Security Administration, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement
    Daymar College (Chillicothe, OH / Columbus, OH / Jackson, OH / New Boston, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associates in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice - Associate
    Defiance College (Defiance, OH)
    Programs Offered:

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

    Associate Degree - Office Systems Management: Legal Office Support, Associate Degree - Office Systems Management: Legal Office Support (online), Associate Degree - Paralegal Studies
    ETI Technical College (Niles, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Business - Legal Assistant, Associate of Arts in Business - Criminal Corrections
    Fortis College (Centerville, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate Degree - Homeland Security (online), Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice / Homeland Security (online), Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal
    Greene County Career Center (Xenia, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
    Herzing University (Toledo, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate Degree - Legal Assisting/Paralegal
    Hocking College (Nelsonville, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate in Applied Science - Natural Resources Law Enforcement, Associate in Applied Science - Police Science, Associate in Applied Science - Social Services, Corrections and Criminal Justice, Associate in Technical Studies - Fire and Emergency Services
    ITT Technical Institute (Dayton, OH / Hilliard, OH / Maumee, OH / Strongsville, OH / Warrensville Heights, OH / Youngstown, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online)
    Kent State University (Kent, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Legal Assisting
    Kent State University Ashtabula Campus (Ashtabula, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Arts - Justice Studies
    Kent State University East Liverpool Campus (East Liverpool, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Arts - Justice Studies
    Kent State University Stark Campus (Canton, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Arts - Justice Studies
    Kent State University-Trumbull Campus (Warren, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Legal Assisting Technology, Associate of Arts - Justice Studies
    Kent State University-Tuscarawas Campus (New Philadelphia, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Arts - Justice Studies
    Lakeland Community College (Kirtland, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies (online), Associate of Science - Corrections, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Emergency Management Planning, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement
    Lincoln College of Technology (Cincinnati/Downtown (Vine Street), OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate in Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Applied Business - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
    Lorain County Community College (Elyria, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Computer and Digital Forensics, Associate of Applied Science - Justice Systems - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Justice Systems - Police Science
    Lourdes University (Sylvania, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
    Marion Technical College (Marion, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate Degree - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
    Miami Jacobs Career College (Columbus, OH / Independence, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate Degree - Court Reporting, Associate Degree - Legal Office Technology, Associate Degree - Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Business - Columbus, OH, Criminal Justice - Associate of Applied Business - Independence, OH, Paralegal - Associate of Applied Business - Columbus, OH, Paralegal - Associate of Applied Business - Independence, OH
    National College (Kettering, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate Degree - Paralegal Studies
    National Institute of Technology (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)
    Programs Offered:

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

    Associate of Science - Criminal Justice: Peace Officer (online), Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies
    Northwest State Community College (Archbold, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Business - Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science - Computer Crimes, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement Academy
    Ohio Business College (Columbus, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate Degree - Legal Assistant
    Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus (Chillicothe, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement Technology
    Ohio University-Lancaster Campus (Lancaster, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement
    Ohio University-Southern Campus (Ironton, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
    Owens Community College (Perrysburg, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Management, Associate of Applied Science - Military Science, Associate of Applied Science - Peace Officer Training, Associate of Applied Science - Public Safety Communications
    Remington College (Cleveland, OH / North Olmsted, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Criminal Justice - Associates
    Rhodes State College (Lima, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate Degree with Police Training - Police Officer College Basic Training Academy, Associate of Applied Business - Paralegal/Legal Assisting, Associate of Applied Business/Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Corrections, Associate of Applied Business/Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
    Sinclair Community College (Dayton, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Science - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Science - Law Enforcement, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal
    Southern State Community College (Hillsboro, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement
    Stark State College of Technology (North Canton, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Science - Cyber Security and Computer Forensics Technology
    Stautzenberger College (Maumee, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Business - Broadcast Captioning, Associate of Applied Business - Court Reporting, Associate of Applied Business - Legal Secretary, Associate of Applied Business - Paralegal, Associate of Arts in Business - Court Reporting
    Stautzenberger College-Brecksville (Brecksville, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Business - Broadcast Captioning, Associate of Applied Business - Court Reporting
    Terra State Community College (Fremont, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement: Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement: Police Science
    The University of Findlay (Findlay, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice Administration
    Tiffin University (Tiffin, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate in Criminal Justice - Criminal Justice
    University of Akron (Akron, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies
    University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Tech: Corrections, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Tech: Forensics, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Tech: Law Enforcement
    University of Cincinnati-Clermont College (Batavia, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate Degree - Corrections, Associate Degree - Forensics, Associate Degree - Law Enforcement with Police Academy Option, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Technology
    University of Northwestern Ohio (Lima, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Legal Assistant, Associate of Applied Science - Legal Office Management, Associate of Science - Information Technology/Computer Forensics, Associate of Science - Information Technology/Network Security
    Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Science - Corrections, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
    Zane State College (Zanesville, OH)
    Programs Offered:

    Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Assisting Technology


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!