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Associate's Degrees in Criminal Justice

Associate's Degrees in Criminal Justice Criminal justice has become the most popular subject in the country for associate degree programs. This is due to the rising demand for law enforcement professionals--and more stringent educational requirements for those professionals. An associate degree in criminal justice can help you begin your career as a police officer, corrections officer, or private security guard. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for police officers exceeds $47,000.

Associate Degrees: Fast and Flexible

Criminal justice associate degree programs, available throughout the country, can be completed on campus or online. If you prefer face-to-face interaction with other criminal justice students and professionals, enroll in on-campus classes. If you plan to maintain your current job, or otherwise would like to fit a program around your existing schedule, consider taking online courses. Associate degrees can be completed within two years. In a typical criminal justice program, courses might include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Report Writing
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Security Management

Criminal Justice Schools


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ITT Technical Institute , Online (campus option available)
  • Through an agreement with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, its Yellow Ribbon Program provides tuition contributions to eligible students at a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Offers career-focused, degree programs to over 70,000 students at over 140 ITT Technical Institutes in 38 states.
  • Classes are offered year-round, typically in the daytime and evening. Online courses can be accessed anywhere, 24 hours a day. 
  • Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. 
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  • Students can enroll at any time and begin studies in the fall, spring, or summer.
  • 9 out of 10 Florida Tech Students who apply, qualify for some type of aid, based on a Fall 2012 internal survey.
  • The average freshman retention rate is 77.3 percent.
  • Ranked #39 in Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Reports
  • Among the more than 50,000 alumni include several astronauts, CEOs, and 32 generals.
  • Special tuition rate available for active duty, selected reserves, National Guard service members and their spouses.
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  • Recognized in the first Best for Vets: Business Schools list in Military Times Edge magazine’s 2013 “Best for Vets” edition.
  • Offers MUSE (My Unique Student Experience), a content delivery system that gives students the option to watch, view, read or listen to required course materials.
  • Allows students to complete courses at whatever pace they want.
  • A DANTES-affiliated university and member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges.
  • Offers IntelliPath, a proprietary learning technology that lets students learn at their own pace.
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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
  • Most degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Founded in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC).
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LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university offering more than 80 programs that prepare students for success in areas including the arts and sciences, aviation, business, education and engineering.

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  • Offers classes online, as well as at 14 campuses across California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois and Virginia.
  • Curriculum is developed with input from employers, subject matter experts.
  • Has provided a hands-on, career-focused education since 1953.
  • Small class sizes promote one-on-one, student-teacher interaction.
  • No-cost tutoring available in every subject to every enrolled student.
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  • Ranked #12 in National University and #21 Best Value School categories in 2014 by U.S. News and World Reports
  • Uses Blackboard, an online course management system that helps students stay organized and focused on their studies.
  • Notable alumni include Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel; retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens; comedian Stephen Colbert; and Tony Award-winning actress Heather Headley.
  • Faculty includes a Nobel Prize laureate, Tony Award Winners, MacArthur Fellowship winners and more.
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Eagle Gate College , Online (campus option available)
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Part of the Eagle Gate College Group, alongside Provo College.
  • Teamed with Solutions at ECMC to help students manage educational loans and offer resources free of charge.
  • Campuses located in Salt Lake City, Layton, and Murray, Utah.
  • Alumni are offered free refresher courses for any class they took in their original program of study.
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  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Part of the Eagle Gate College Education Group, alongside Eagle Gate College.
  • Teamed with Solutions at ECMC to help students manage educational loans and offer resources free of charge.
  • Campus located in Provo and American Fork, Utah.
  • Alumni are offered free refresher courses for any class they took in their original program of study.
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Western International University , Online (campus option available)
  • Offers the Start Smart program, where qualifying students pay only $200 each for their first two 3-credit classes.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1995.
  • Features numerous online student resources at no extra charge, including an online library, course materials, and real-time tutoring.
  • Courses last 8 weeks and begin monthly.
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