• A law enforcement officer with an associate's degree in criminal justice salutes to the American flag.
    The Criminal Justice Associate Degree prepares students for a career in law enforcement, paralegal work, transportation security, and private security.

    Criminal Justice Associate Degree, Associate of Science (A.S.)

    CCU's Criminal Justice Associate Degree is a two-year criminal justice training program that provides an introduction to criminal justice practice in the United States. The AA in criminal justice courses are taught from a Christian worldview, so you will have ongoing opportunities to discuss many significant life issues – sin, free will, biblical view of human nature, and redemption. You will be guided through the program by faculty who have careers within the criminal justice system.

    The associate's degree in criminal justice prepares you for a career in various criminal justice fields, including law enforcement, paralegal work, transportation security, private security, and computer forensics.

    Degree Quick Facts

    • 60 credit hours (18 in major, 36 in general education, 6 in electives)
    • Take advantage of CCU's generous transfer credit policies to accelerate your degree!
    • May be completed in as little as 18 months, even with no prior coursework
    • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
    Class Format:

    Classes are typically completed in 5-week blocks.


    See Tuition and Fees for details.

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  • Why pursue a degree in Criminal Justice?

    The criminal justice field offers a wide range of career opportunities at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as in the private sector. With the Criminal Justice A.S. at Colorado Christian University, the 18 hours of major coursework, as well as the general education and elective credit hours, may be transferred to CCU's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree.

    You can take classes at any of our College of Adult and Graduate Studies Regional Centers. Plus, the online criminal justice degree option gives you the flexibility of completing assignments from any location where you have access to the Internet.

    Focus areas in the Associate of Science (A.S.) Criminal Justice degree include: criminal justice, criminal justice ethics, criminal courts, corrections, criminology, and juvenile justice.

    Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program Benefits

    • The program is specially designed for adult students who are busy with work and family commitments.
    • Students take one course at a time with classroom-based courses meeting one night a week for five weeks.
    • Students can choose to complete the coursework online. Online courses typically run for five weeks and weekly assignments may be completed around your schedule.
    • Small class sizes encourage individualized learning and networking.
    • Transfer credit options to accelerate your degree.
    • Students have direct access to professors who are also professionals in the field.

    Contact an Enrollment Counselor at the College of Adult and Graduate Studies Center nearest you if you have questions or would like to talk to someone about admission to Colorado Christian University.

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