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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology

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Criminal justice and criminology associate degree

An associate’s degree in criminal justice can help you pursue a career in the criminal justice and criminology field—a rewarding profession that offers individuals an opportunity to make an immediate impact within their community. This online criminal justice and criminology degree from Purdue Global is designed to help you develop:

  • Foundational knowledge of criminal justice and criminology, including practical and technical skills and competencies required by many law enforcement agencies and private security firms
  • Skills on how to analyze crime data, predict patterns of criminal behavior, create criminal profiles, and establish agency protocols and procedures designed to improve agency response to crime
  • Communication, critical-thinking, and decision-making skills and knowledge to support criminal justice initiatives

Professors in this degree program are professionals who bring real-world knowledge to the courses they teach.

At this time, residents of Minnesota may not enroll in the online Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology Program Highlights

Purdue Global’s criminal justice and criminology degree program was developed with the help of industry leaders who are active participants in organizations such as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). ACJS is a national organization focused on developing best practices within criminal justice and has established standards on which Purdue Global’s curriculum is based.   

Following the recommendations of ACJS, along with knowledge from our industry experts, our program is designed to meet a high academic standard–one that provides graduates with relevant skills and knowledge that can be applied in their chosen career.

Program curriculum includes comprehensive study that ranges from foundational classes such as composition, math, and sociology to specific topics such as criminology, forensics, and psychological profiling. Purdue Global’s online criminology degree is designed to help students develop fundamental knowledge and skillsets related to criminal justice and criminology professionals. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Crime Analysis
  • Introduction to Constitutional Law
  • Deviance and Violence
  • Fundamentals of Psychological Profiling
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
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Our Tuition Cap Lowers the Cost of Your Education

At Purdue Global, we are constantly searching for ways to help students seek a brighter future, and that includes making sure our tuition costs are as low as possible. That is why we are introducing the Purdue Global Tuition Cap.

How it works: When you enroll in a participating Tuition Cap program at Purdue Global, your tuition will be capped, ensuring that you only pay a fixed amount for your education. Once you hit your cap, you will no longer have to make any payments for the rest of your education at Purdue Global, even if you have to retake a course, as long as you meet and maintain all enrollment requirements for the Purdue Global Tuition Cap program.

Note: transfer credit maximums apply; ask an Admissions Advisor for details.

Why it helps: Not only will you know exactly how much your education will cost when you enroll, but our Tuition Cap will also help you save 33%* off the total cost of your tuition. It’s part of our promise to help make college education more accessible and more affordable. Click here for answers to commonly asked questions.

*Enrollees in programs eligible for Tuition Cap pricing will pay the same tuition cost per quarter credit hour and fees as for other under­graduate programs/enrollees plus $200 per-term administrative fee and other fees. The total cost of the program, though, will be capped, other than applicable background check and/or lab fees. Savings based on the difference between capped and noncapped programs for 180 or 90 credits for bachelor’s or associate’s degrees, respectively. Students who receive transfer credit typically study for significantly fewer terms and do not receive maximum savings. Contact an Admissions Advisor for details.

Tuition Cap Transfer Credit Maximums: Enrollees in Tuition Cap programs who transfer in more than 35 or 70 credits for the associate’s or bachelor’s programs, respectively, are not enrolled under Tuition Cap and will not be charged the $200 per-term Administration Fee. If they are required to repeat courses, take additional courses due to prerequisite requirements, take course assessments, or take fewer than two courses per term, they may exceed the $22,500 or $45,000 total for the associate’s or bachelor’s, respectively, Tuition Cap program of study.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

There are a variety of professional opportunities for graduates of our criminal justice associate’s degree program. Many state and police agencies require college courses or a college degree to enter the police academy. Federal agencies such as the FBI already require a college degree in addition to other requirements.

Earning your Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology at Purdue Global includes comprehensive study to help prepare you to pursue diverse career opportunities, including:

  • Police officer
  • Patrol officer
  • Private investigator
  • Detective/Criminal investigator
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Public safety officer
  • Other local and federal law enforcement jobs in local and federal agencies

Note that local, state and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education beyond the associate’s level. You should fully research the requirements of any such position you intend to seek.*

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How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

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What Courses Will I Take?

This curriculum offers you the opportunity to focus on the foundations of criminal justice as well as the criminological and sociological theories related to the field. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Crime Analysis
  • Introduction to Constitutional Law
  • Deviance and Violence
  • Fundamentals of Psychological Profiling
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits15
  • Major Credits50
  • Elective Credits25
  • Total Credits90

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

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View Tuition Cap FAQs. The Purdue Global Tuition Cap may not be used in conjunction with any Purdue Global tuition reductions, including military spouse reductions. Military servicemembers and veterans are not eligible for the Purdue Global Tuition Cap.


Gainful Employment Disclosures

Access gainful employment information, including program length, tuition costs, financing options, and success rates.§

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education beyond the associate’s level. Some positions require a 4-year bachelor's degree and/or additional state-approved higher education beyond the Purdue Global degree. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information. Graduates of Purdue Global criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.

ACJS does not accredit university programs.

Purdue Global does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

§Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.