Criminal Justice (Associate's)

Criminal Justice (Associate's)

Prepare for or enhance your career in law enforcement — online or in a traditional classroom setting. The associate's in Criminal Justice at Virginia College is a degree program designed to fit the busy schedules of today's working adult students. For those whose work hours vary from day to day — or who just want to work on their own schedule — online learning is an excellent option.

What Can You Do With a Criminal Justice Degree?

Law enforcement careers and criminal justice jobs often require a foundation of learning in the field. This associate's degree program in criminal justice could be right for you if you are currently employed in the field or if you are interested in pursuing entry-level criminal justice jobs. Graduates of this program have sought positions as:

  • Courtroom administrator
  • Private security officer
  • Probation or parole officer
  • Juvenile delinquency case manager
  • Corrections officer
  • Loss prevention managers
  • Security managers

Additional police academy training may be necessary for law enforcement positions.

We Help You Find Criminal Justice Jobs

The Virginia College Career Services team helps prepare you for the real world of work with resume development, professionalism training and interviewing skills. These job-placement professionals also assist you in your job search with local employers as well as national Corporate Partners who appreciate the work-ready graduates we produce.

What Can You Learn in Our Criminal Justice Program?

The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice is designed to provide a broad foundation of education in the field of justice sciences, along with an examination of topics related to careers in the field. Students interested in law enforcement, corrections, the criminal court system, or corporate and industrial security will find their areas of interest included in this program.

This degree program has a two-fold design. It is designed to provide training to veteran criminal justice professionals as they pursue advancement in their chosen field, as well as provide training to individuals who desire to enter the field of criminal justice for the first time. Current technologies, trends, and policies related to corrections, criminology, and security are combined with solid general education program components. Some of the coursework includes these topics:

  • Criminal procedure
  • Criminal justice ethics
  • Investigative report writing
  • Business, corporate, and industrial security
  • Forensic science
  • Criminal law

Graduates from this associate's degree program may choose to pursue our bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. Those who are already graduates of a bachelor's program may find the master's degree in Criminal Justice a good way to advance their career to management or other senior positions in the criminal justice field.

Start Today.

Take the next step toward a better career and a better future. Learn more about the associate's in Criminal Justice at Virginia College — online or on campus — by completing the Request More Information form now!


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NOTE: Program details subject to change. See the official campus catalog and appropriate addenda for the latest information.
Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas are required by Georgia, South Carolina and Oklahoma to be listed as Certificates (C).
Associate of Science degrees (AS) are required by SC, TN & VA to be listed as Associated of Applied Science degrees (AAS).
Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS) are required by LA & VA to be listed as Associate in Occupational Studies degrees (AOS).
Bachelor of Science degrees (BS) are required by TN to be listed as Bachelor of Applied Science degrees (BAS).


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