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Earn an Affordable Online Criminal Justice Associate Degree

Criminal justice careers are challenging, rewarding, and—above all—worthwhile. Professionals in this field have the potential to change lives for the better, create positive systemic change, and make a valuable contribution to society. With the right skill set, you can do the same.

Our online Criminal Justice Associate Degree is tailored to help you move your criminal justice knowledge—and career—to the next level. Each class is designed by legal professionals to focus on real-world skills and ensure excellent career relevance. Through our self-paced degree program, you can prepare to explore a diverse range of respected career paths, including corrections, corporate security, forensic science, private investigation, and legal-system support.

Online Criminal Justice Degree Curriculum

Prepare for a rewarding career in criminal justice with our self-paced, online degree. Through your criminal justice classes, you’ll learn more about the legal system and build essential skills that are relevant to a variety of criminal justice jobs. Your classes include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Policing
  • Juvenile Justice

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  • Our affordable tuition payment plan options.
  • How online education works.
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What you get

  • Textbooks and/or eBooks
  • Academic support via email, web portal, or phone
  • Student Portal dashboard for instant access to lessons and support
  • Learning Resource Center online libraries and labs
  • ProQuest® digital access to thousands of sources for research
  • An active online community of fellow students, staff, and grads

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Criminal justice degree salary

There are a variety of jobs you could potentially qualify for as a criminal justice graduate and average starting salaries can vary based on a number of factors, such as location, job title, experience, and employer. For example, a corrections officer could earn a median yearly salary of $49,610, while a police officer could earn $69,160†† per year.


Explore specialized, career-focused classes in criminal procedure, policing, juvenile justice, and more.


Enroll at any time and complete each of the four semesters in as few as six months based on your study pace.


You may qualify to get your fourth and final semester (that’s a $ value) at no cost! How affordable!

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"Earning an education with Ashworth College meant a lot to me because everything you need to complete your coursework is set out for you already, everything you need to know and learn depending on your major is well explained and the faculty and staff makes your journey and experience 10x better."

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Criminal Justice Degree FAQ

Whether you’re new to online education or you have taken online classes before, you may still have questions about how Ashworth’s online degrees work. Here’s what you need to know.

Earning your degree could give you the education that can help you take the next steps toward a new career. After earning your Criminal Justice Associate Degree online from Ashworth College, you will have a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that are applicable in the real world. What you learn could be the basis for a satisfying role in the court system, corrections, juvenile justice, policing, or private investigation. Your degree will be a valuable starting point for your career.

As soon as you enroll, you gain access to the Ashworth College Central Network. It's an online toolkit that offers step-by-step guidance for building your resume, drafting cover letters, writing thank you notes, and more. Your lessons may refer you to the Ashworth College Central Network as you prepare to graduate and take new steps in your career. After you earn your degree, you'll retain your account so you can sharpen your skills anytime you need to.

Our degrees, including the online Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, are entirely self-paced. That means you can study at the pace that works best for you. While many students can and do finish each semester within 6 months, we allow a total of four years to complete your degree so that you can study when and where you want.

There are a variety of jobs available to someone with a criminal justice degree. Depending on what you’re interested in and what your career goals are, you can pursue criminal justice jobs such as becoming a corrections officer, a police officer, a criminal investigator, or loss prevention manager. Other career paths for criminal justice majors can include working in the court system, law offices, and security firms.

Related programs

Our online Criminal Justice Associate Degree isn’t the only legal studies major available at Ashworth College. Our other programs include:

State requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

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