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Associate in Science in Criminal Justice

Associate in Criminal Justice Degree

All evidence suggests a growing need for a college degree in order to obtain a position or advance your career in criminal justice and protective services. Organizations increasingly require higher education when considering candidates. Position yourself to work in this field with Excelsior's online Associate in Science in Criminal Justice program. The AS in Criminal Justice is also the perfect springboard for earning a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Criminal Justice at Excelsior and further enhance your credentials.

A Realistic Way to Earn Your Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

Excelsior's flexible associate degree in criminal justice is specifically designed to meet the needs of working adults like you. We'll provide you with a highly practical and affordable way to complete your degree online.

  • Take 8-week online courses in criminal justice without sacrificing work or family responsibilities.
  • Transfer up to 57 prior credits so you can spend less and finish your degree as quickly as possible.
  • Get academic credit for certain types of criminal justice training, military training, job training, and work experience.
  • Enjoy affordable tuition and interest-free payment plans that help you stay on budget.

Whether you're just starting out or looking to advance, the Associate in Science in Criminal Justice at Excelsior will provide you with the education you need to enter, or move forward in your career. By successfully completing this degree, you will gain a better understanding of your job options and attain the following criminal justice program outcomes:

  • Describe the components of the criminal justice system
  • Outline the major sociological and psychological theories of crime
  • Explain the application of ethics in criminal justice decision-making
  • Discuss diversity-related issues impacting the criminal justice system

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AS Criminal Justice: Credit Requirements

AS in Criminal Justice Credit Requirements

60 total degree credits required for the AS in Criminal Justice

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AS in Criminal Justice: Core Courses

General Education: 30 Credits

  • Written English Requirement
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences / History
  • Natural Sciences / Math
  • Arts & Sciences Electives

Core Courses: 18 Credits

Electives: 12 Credits

INL102 Information Literacy (1-3 credits, may be included in Electives)

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Public Service: Criminal Justice Training Assessment Intro

Maximize Prior Training

When you enroll in one of our undergraduate criminal justice programs, you may receive credit toward your degree requirements for your law enforcement or corrections academy training, if you attended an agency that is a part of Excelsior's Criminal Justice Training Assessment program.

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Institutional Accreditation

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Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

All of Excelsior College's academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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