Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology

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Program at a Glance
  • Purdue Global is one of the largest providers of public safety programs in the U.S.*
  • Develop the practical skills and technical competencies required by many law enforcement agencies and private security firms.
  • An internship option allows you to gain real-world experience as you earn your degree.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 10-Week Terms
CREDITS REQUIRED 90
COST PER CREDIT $371
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology Overview

This criminal justice associate’s degree is designed to equip you with foundational knowledge that could help you stay ahead of the competition and make an immediate impact within your community. Curriculum in our comprehensive online criminal justice degree ranges from foundational classes such as composition, math, and sociology to specific topics such as criminology, forensics, and psychological profiling.

You’ll study how to:

  • Analyze crime data.
  • Predict patterns of criminal behavior.
  • Create criminal profiles.
  • Establish agency protocols and procedures.

Developed by Industry Leaders

The 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.


See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: At this time, residents of Minnesota may not enroll in this program.

Use Your Law Enforcement Certification to Earn Credit

If you are a certified sworn law enforcement officer who has completed National Peace Officer Standard Training, your accomplishments may qualify you to receive 25 credits toward your associate’s degree.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit HLCommission.org or call 800-621-7440.

What Can You Do With a Criminal Justice and Criminology Degree?

Many state and police agencies increasingly require college courses or a college degree.§ An associate's degree can help you pursue a number of different career choices in fast-paced public and private sector fields.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Speaking
  4. Reading Comprehension
  5. Social Perceptiveness

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016–2028) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, 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.

Reach Your Career Goals Sooner

Get a Head Start on Your Bachelor’s Degree

By completing your associate’s degree, you’ll not only earn a valuable credential to make an immediate impact on your career, but you’ll also lay the groundwork for your next degree. Transfer your associate’s degree into a Purdue Global criminal justice or corrections bachelor’s degree, covering at least half of the program’s requirements.#

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Curriculum focuses on the foundations of criminal justice as well as the criminological and sociological theories related to the field.

In your first course, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your degree plan with a faculty member to align your degree path with your career outcomes.

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

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 231 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
student at desk icon More Than 50,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2018–2019

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, August 2019. 2018–2019 academic year.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2016-2017 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Criminal Justice and Corrections, and Fire Protection, nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees and certificates granted by Kaplan University compared to other Title IV institutions. Note: these data were reported prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

ACJS does not accredit university programs.

Students must currently be a certified law enforcement officer or a federal agent (FBI, DEA, ATF, etc.), or must have been certified in either of these roles within 24 months of their enrollment date. Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

§Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Police and Detectives, www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

#The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.