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associate's degree

associate of arts in criminal justice

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register by: jan 6, 2021

learn how the criminal justice and corrections systems operate. our associate of arts in criminal justice gives you an understanding of the agencies, systems and procedures involved in criminal justice. courses in this program are just 5 weeks long, so they won’t get in the way of your busy life.

you'll learn how to:

  • solve problems encountered by criminal justice system personnel

  • identify law enforcement functions and procedures

  • recognize unique issues inherent to juvenile arrest, sentencing and detention

  • understand sentencing, probation and rehabilitation of prisoners

  • differentiate between various levels of criminal courts, as well as institutional and community corrections



course at a time


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your academic counselor will help you schedule your courses.

what you'll learn

when you earn your online associate’s in criminal justice, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

topics covered in this degree include:

  • critical thinking
  • police theory and practice
  • juvenile justice systems
  • criminal courts
  • corrections

program purpose statement

the university’s criminal justice programs are educational degree programs. for those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or corrections or as a peace officer with any particular local, state, federal, tribal or international agency, there are numerous additional qualifications (and often disqualifications), depending on the position. before enrolling in a criminal justice program, potential students are highly encouraged to check with the relevant agency for a complete list of position requirements. the university makes no representations regarding whether any particular university program will qualify a graduate for any such position.

Careers & Outcomes

what can you do with an associate's in criminal justice?

an aacjs can prepare you to be a: 

  • correctional officer
  • jail officer


according to the bureau of labor statistics, job growth for correctional officers is projected to be lower than average between 2018 and 2028.


paying for school

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cost per credit

keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. that’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

earn your degree without starting from scratch

on average, students with prior eligible college credits and relevant life experience saved  $11k and 1 year on their undergratuate degree.

up to $1 million a month in available scholarships
apply for one of 400 scholarship opportunities this month.

credit transfer made easy
graduate faster by transferring in prior eligible credits from another accredited institution.

earn your degree faster
have previous relevant work and life experience evaluated for potential credit. if you have military or law enforcement training such as peace officer standards and training (post) or basic corrections academy training, you can have relevant experience evaluated for potential college credit. contact an enrollment representative at 844-yes-uopx for more information.


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university of phoenix is accredited by the higher learning commission (hlc), since 1978, university of phoenix has been continually accredited by the higher learning commission and its predecessor.

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while widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. please check with a university enrollment representative.