Online Criminal Justice Program (AA)

Online Criminal Justice Associate of Arts Degree

Grantham University’s Criminal Justice degree programs give you the depth of knowledge you need to pursue a career in corrections, law enforcement, investigations and more. Our online associate and bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice (CJ) are designed to accommodate those requiring basic knowledge, as well as individuals seeking a comprehensive understanding of the field. Whichever degree program fits your needs, you will come away ready to launch your career, with practical, real-world insight into this intriguing field.

From 2010 to 2020, protective service occupations are expected to add 364,500 new jobs – an 11% growth. A Criminal Justice degree is a solid foundation for taking advantage of these growth opportunities. (Source: Spring 2012 BLS Occupational Outlook Quarterly)

With an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice (AA-CJ), you will be able to demonstrate a basic working knowledge of law enforcement, corrections, investigations and juvenile justice. You will gain the core understanding needed to be successful in the criminal justice workforce or to pursue a more advanced degree in this course of study.

Criminal Justice Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively within varied aspects of a criminal justice enterprise
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of law enforcement, corrections, investigations and juvenile justice
  • Employ critical thinking skills to effectively solve problems

Learn how an online degree from Grantham could change your life and ignite your career success. Our online classes are a great fit for active duty military, veterans, military spouses, high school graduates, government employees, first responders, law enforcement, firefighters, EMS professionals, EMTs, etc. Contact us at (888) 947-2684 to find out more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities and enrollment process.

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Course Highlights & Curriculum

Credit Hour Breakdown

Associate Degree 62
Total Credit Hours 62

Curriculum Highlights

Course Number Course Title
CJ201 Police Systems & Practices
GP210 American Government I
CJ202 Correction Systems & Practices
CJ203 Juvenile Justice I

Full curriculum

CourseTitleCredits
BA150Principles of Business Mgmt3
CJ101Intro to Criminal Justice3
CJ102Introduction to Criminology3
CJ201Police Systems & Practices3
CJ202Correction Syst & Practices3
CJ203Juvenile Justice I3
CJ305Intro to Crim Justice Ethics3
CS101CompConcepts and Office Apps4
EN101English Composition I3
EN102English Composition II3
GP210American Government I3
GP215American Government II3
GU100Student Success1
HS101World Hist:Ancient to Renaissa3
MA105College Algebra3
MA170Finite Mathematics3
PS240Fundamentals of Psychology3
SO101Introduction to Sociology I3
Program and core:53
Electives (3):9
Total:62

Additional online degree details

Degree level:Associates
Delivery method:Online
Availability:Available
Starts:Weekly
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Career Information

The Criminal Justice degree program prepares graduates for the detection, apprehension, detention, pretrial release, post trial release, prosecution, adjudication, correctional supervision or rehabilitation of accused persons or criminal offenders through the knowledge and skills acquired during the successful completion of courses in corrections systems and practices, criminal procedure, community policing, police systems and practices, white collar crime, criminal justice research methods and the judicial process. The Homeland Security specialty prepares graduates for work in areas involving the protection of our nation's borders, and preparation and recovery from emergencies.

10-year Job Growth

In the next 10 years, detectives and police positions are projected to grow by more than 58,700 positions.

  • 853,100
  • 794,300
  • 2010
  • 2020
Total number of new jobs and replacement jobs
Year total jobs is an estimate

Average Salaries

If you choose to work as a policeman or detective, you can expect to earn:

  • The top 10% earn$88,870
  • The median earn$55,010
  • The lower 10% earn$32,440
* Total compensation includes bonus. Salaries listed are dependent on prior experiences as well as the number of years of seniority.
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Criminal Justice Degrees

Occasionally students of criminal justice begin their college career with a particular goal in mind, only to find out that after years of study, the career that seemed so promising four years before is no longer their life’s aspiration. Others may find that the job market just won’t support them as a new college graduate. So what is one to do when they are about to graduate, or have just graduated with a degree in criminal justice? Fortunately, there are many criminal justice careers to choose from, and graduates will find that the jobs available to them are as diverse as their varied courses of study while earning their criminal justice degree.

If you haven’t already considered them, there are several government agencies that require a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice for many of their positions. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), are just the tip of the iceberg. Secret Service, Customs and Border Patrol, and many state and local level organizations also smile upon a criminal justice degree as a qualification. Additionally, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is becoming a requirement for many police departments and the larger the police department, the more likely that a degree in criminal justice will be necessary.

There are other things that a criminal justice degree can do for a graduate as well. Law schools and other graduate study programs which lead to master’s and doctorate degrees require a bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite. A student with a good academic career under his or her belt could find themselves in a very lucrative career if they parlay their criminal justice degree into a higher degree with two to four more years of education.

Potential jobs for graduates of a criminal justice bachelor’s degree program include accounting, computer forensics, fraud investigation, FBI, DEA, CIA, criminology, paralegal, and law enforcement. Although the job market in general is not very promising, one guarantee is that there will always be criminal activity. Furthermore, candidates who have qualifying degrees are more likely to find a well paying position than those who don’t. Criminal justice degrees will always be an employable qualification in any job market and in any economy. Go to grantham.edu to find out more about their criminal justice degree programs, which are convenient and completely online.

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