Associate in Science in Criminal Justice
Program Delivery: On Campus and Online
This program is offered on-campus and online.

Criminal Justice Associate Degree

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code: 43.0104O*NET OnlineBureau of Labor Statistics

The Associate in Science in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students for entry level positions within the criminal justice system. The curriculum covers the major institutions of the criminal justice system (policing, corrections, and the courts), criminal procedure, juvenile crime, forensics, and crime theory; as well as relevant liberal arts courses. All credits earned from this degree apply towards the baccalaureate degree in criminal justice. This course of study is offered in both the traditional and online delivery format.

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

  1. Describe components, operations and goals of the major institutions (policing, courts and corrections) of criminal justice.
  2. Explain major theoretical perspectives in criminology and understand the link between research, theory and practice.
  3. Explain criminal law and procedure in practice.
  4. Explain the importance of discretion and ethical decision making for the carrying out of criminal justice operations.
  5. Demonstrate professional demeanor, writing proficiency and oral communication skills.
  6. Continue your education with a criminal justice bachelors degree.

Is a Career in Criminal Justice Right for Me?

Criminal justice is a diverse field providing employment in law enforcement, law and the courts, corrections, forensic science, private investigation and corporate and private security. This two-year degree program offers a diverse assortment of classes that will benefit both the new student and the practitioner returning for additional training. Whether starting out or looking to advance up the employment ladder, our broad-based curriculum will ensure the graduate is ready to face the challenges of criminal justice in the 21st century and beyond.

Our curriculum is structured to provide a logical sequence of courses for students to successfully obtain their associate degree and to provide a smooth transition, if the student wishes, to the bachelor’s degree program. Additionally, this degree can be used as preparation for future academic study in criminal justice, law, public administration or social work.

If you are just getting started and are interested in the wide array of careers available in criminal justice, Hodges University’s Associate in Science in Criminal Justice program might be a good fit for you. Learn more about our criminal justice and law-related programs in this blog post.

What is the Criminal Justice Career Outlook?

Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026. Employment of private detectives and investigators is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026.

What Can I Do with This Degree?


  • Police or Sheriff's Officer
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Juvenile Justice Caseworker
  • Detective
  • US Customs/Marshalls/FBI/ATF


  • Litigation Manager
  • Clerk of Court
  • Lawyer's Investigator
  • Witness Protection Worker
  • Victim Advocate
  • Guardian ad Litum


  • Probation Officer
  • Jailer/Corrections Officer
  • Warden
  • Corrections Facilities Manager
  • Risk Management


  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Evidence Collection Specialist
  • Coroner
  • Criminologist
  • Forensic Photographer


  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Casino Gaming Surveillance Officer
  • Body Guard
  • Corporate Security
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Private Security


  • Child Protective Services
  • Social Worker
  • Media Criminologist
  • Teacher/College Professor
  • Community Service Coordinator
  • Discrimination Investigator
  • Non-Profit Organization Advocate
Source:http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm#tab-6, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/probation-officers-and-correctional-treatment-specialists.htm#tab-6, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/private-detectives-and-investigators.htm#tab-6

What Will I Learn?

You may enter the Associate in Science in Criminal Justice program during any semester. A full-time student, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically three courses per term, can complete this program in approximately five terms or approximately one year and  eight months.

All credits earned from this degree apply towards the Hodges University Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program.

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Program Curriculum Guide and Optimum Sequence of Course Work

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How is Hodges University’s Criminal Justice Program Different?

Our Contemporary Program

The program draws upon the expertise of law enforcement officers, judges, probation and parole officers, corrections personnel and practicing attorneys. As society changes, so too, will our criminal justice system. Hodges University is committed to ensuring that its criminal justice program remains contemporary so that graduates of the program will be prepared to serve the communities in which they serve.

Our Professors

The professors in the criminal justice program possess the appropriate academic preparation as well as the practical experience in the real-world application of their craft.

Our Learning Environment

The learning environment of the class is further enhanced by the interaction of the various criminal justice students already working in the field. This blend of practical experience from both the professors and the students provides a real value to the graduates of this program.

Flexible Schedule

The Associate in Science in Criminal Justice program is offered on campus and online. 

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Your admissions coordinator will:

  • Help you complete the application in its entirety.
  • Help you obtain necessary transcripts.
  • Schedule your admissions test (if necessary).
  • Coordinate the financial aid process with a financial aid professional.
  • Refer you to your academic advisor for class scheduling.
  • Give you information regarding your orientation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!

Your Faculty Members

Bernardine Carter
Adjunct Faculty
Brian O’Reilly
Adjunct Faculty
Chris Cozzolino
Adjunct Faculty
Daniel Pontzer
Program Chair and Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
Gabriele Suboch
Adjunct Faculty
Karen Locklear
Adjunct Faculty
W. Michael Koval
Adjunct Faculty
Spotlight on Success
Jessica Rubinski
Jessica Rubinski , Criminal Justice 2010
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