Criminal Justice Degree and Certificate Programs

Keeping the community safe starts with a passion for helping others, and comes to life with a criminal justice degree from Kaplan University. Whether you’re looking to enter the field of law enforcement or take the next step in your criminology career, our criminal justice degrees and certificate programs are designed to help you discover your strengths and achieve your goals.

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Protecting Society Is More Than a Career—It’s a Calling

Public safety professionals provide services that are essential to the survival and well-being of our country and our world. Kaplan University recognizes and supports the efforts of these dedicated men and women. We have helped thousands earn their criminal justice degrees, giving them the tools to pursue a wide range of rewarding careers in the public safety field.*

Our certificate programs and associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in criminal justice offer comprehensive training to prepare you for a career in law enforcement, crime scene technology, corrections, or private security. Kaplan University’s faculty members have years of experience in the fields of criminal justice and offer unique, real-world perspectives.

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Program availability varies by location and delivery method. Onsite course scheduling decisions are at the discretion of the campus and some courses are only available online.

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How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

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Military Students

Reduced tuition rates, acceptance of military training, and flexible scheduling are just a few of the ways we serve military students.

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International Students

Enroll in a respected degree program from an accredited US university without the time, costs, and challenges associated with moving to the United States.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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The Kaplan Commitment®: Try Our Classes Before You Owe Any Tuition

We stand behind our academic quality and believe you should have the opportunity to experience real classes before making a decision. Learn more about how you can start your Kaplan University education online or on campus with no financial obligation.

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Single Courses

Our flexible options include offering certain courses to nondegree-seeking participants. Upon successful completion of a course, the participant may transfer the credits earned toward a degree at Kaplan University if the course is part of the Kaplan University degree program.

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*Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond Kaplan University's degree. You should fully research the requirements of any such position you intend to seek prior to enrolling in your program. Graduates of Kaplan University criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.