Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Criminal justice and criminology associate degree

An associate’s degree in criminal justice can help you pursue a career in the criminal justice and criminology field—a rewarding profession that offers individuals an opportunity to make an immediate impact within their community. This online criminal justice and criminology degree from Kaplan University is designed to help you develop:

  • Foundational knowledge of criminal justice and criminology, including practical and technical skills and competencies required by many law enforcement agencies and private security firms
  • Skills on how to analyze crime data, predict patterns of criminal behavior, create criminal profiles, and establish agency protocols and procedures designed to improve agency response to crime
  • Communication, critical-thinking, and decision-making skills and knowledge to support criminal justice initiatives

Professors in this degree program are professionals who bring real-world knowledge to the courses they teach.

At this time, residents of Minnesota may not enroll in the online Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology Program Highlights

Kaplan University’s criminal justice and criminology degree program was developed with the help of industry leaders who are active participants in organizations such as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). ACJS is a national organization focused on developing best practices within criminal justice and has established standards on which Kaplan University’s curriculum is based.   

Following the recommendations of ACJS, along with knowledge from our industry experts, our program is designed to meet a high academic standard–one that provides graduates with relevant skills and knowledge that can be applied in their chosen career.

Program curriculum includes comprehensive study that ranges from foundational classes such as composition, math, and sociology to specific topics such as criminology, forensics, and psychological profiling. Kaplan University’s online criminology degree is designed to help students develop fundamental knowledge and skillsets related to criminal justice and criminology professionals. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Crime Analysis
  • Introduction to Constitutional Law
  • Deviance and Violence
  • Fundamentals of Psychological Profiling
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Expand to Learn More

Our Tuition Cap Lowers the Cost of Your Education

At Kaplan University, we are constantly searching for ways to help students seek a brighter future, and that includes making sure our tuition costs are as low as possible. That is why we are introducing the Kaplan University Tuition Cap.

How it works: When you enroll in a participating Tuition Cap program at Kaplan University, your tuition will be capped, ensuring that you only pay a fixed amount for your education. Once you hit your cap, you will no longer have to make any payments for the rest of your education at Kaplan University, even if you have to retake a course, as long as you meet and maintain all enrollment requirements for the Kaplan University Tuition Cap program.

Why it helps: Not only will you know exactly how much your education will cost when you enroll, but our Tuition Cap will also help you save 33%* off the total cost of your tuition. It’s part of our promise to help make college education more accessible and more affordable. Click here for answers to commonly asked questions.

*Students in Maine can receive a 22% savings off the full tuition. Enrollees in programs eligible for Tuition Cap pricing will pay the same tuition cost per quarter credit hour and fees as for other undergraduate programs/enrollees plus $200 per-term administrative fee and other fees. The total cost of the program, though, will be capped, other than applicable background check and/or lab fees. Savings based on the difference between capped and non capped programs for 180 or 90 credits for bachelor’s or associate’s degrees, respectively. Students who receive transfer credit typically study for significantly fewer terms and do not receive maximum savings. Contact an Admissions Advisor for details.

Expand to Learn More

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.

What are the Career Opportunities?

There are a variety of professional opportunities for graduates of our criminal justice associate’s degree program. Many state and police agencies require college courses or a college degree to enter the police academy. Federal agencies such as the FBI already require a college degree in addition to other requirements.

Earning your Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology at Kaplan University includes comprehensive study to help prepare you to pursue diverse career opportunities, including:

  • Police officer
  • Patrol officer
  • Private investigator
  • Detective/Criminal investigator
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Public safety officer
  • Other local and federal law enforcement jobs in local and federal agencies

Note that local, state and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education beyond the associate’s level. You should fully research the requirements of any such position you intend to seek.*

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

18

Oct

Online and Campus Start Date

October 18, 2017

08

Nov

Online Start Date

November 08, 2017

06

Dec

Online and Campus Start Date

December 06, 2017

03

Jan

Online and Campus Start Date

January 03, 2018

31

Jan

Online and Campus Start Date

January 31, 2018

28

Feb

Online and Campus Start Date

February 28, 2018

21

Mar

Online and Campus Start Date

March 21, 2018

18

Apr

Online and Campus Start Date

April 18, 2018

16

May

Online and Campus Start Date

May 16, 2018

06

Jun

Online and Campus Start Date

June 06, 2018

05

Jul

Online and Campus Start Date

July 05, 2018

01

Aug

Online and Campus Start Date

August 01, 2018

22

Aug

Online and Campus Start Date

August 22, 2018

19

Sep

Online and Campus Start Date

September 19, 2018

17

Oct

Online and Campus Start Date

October 17, 2018

07

Nov

Online and Campus Start Date

November 07, 2018

05

Dec

Online and Campus Start Date

December 05, 2018

Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 15

    Total Program Credits: 90

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    Choose Your Courses Below

    • MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS Change

      Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

      This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

  • Major

    Total Major Credits: 50

    Total Program Credits: 90

    • CJ 100: PREPARING FOR A CAREER IN PUBLIC SAFETY Change

      This course introduces students to careers in criminal justice and describes the Kaplan University public safety degree programs. The field of study, skill sets, and the criminal justice agencies and diverse populations encountered in the field will be discussed. Students will research the public safety degree program and class offerings in conjunction with their professional and personal goals in order to map out their specific degree plan and career goals. This course is designed to ensure criminal justice students have a successful social and academic transition into academic excellence within the Kaplan University community, and provide a foundation for success within the profession. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 101: INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM Change

      This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States. Students gain an understanding of the philosophy and development of the criminal justice system, the current state of the criminal justice agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges facing them.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 102: CRIMINOLOGY I Change

      This course presents a framework for studying the nature and causes of crime and antisocial behavior. It focuses on explanations provided through criminal topologies and criminological theories, using a variety of multidisciplinary perspectives. Topics range from crime causation to the extent of crime, victimization, social and psychological theories, and various types of criminality including violent, property, and public order offenses.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • SS 144: SOCIOLOGY Change

      An understanding of the dynamics of human societies and group behavior is useful for any work environment or professional career. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of the discipline of sociology. Students will explore society and social life through the study of language, culture, race and ethnicity, gender, inequality, education, deviance, and sociological theory and methods. Students are also encouraged, through course assignments and discussions, to examine the influences of society on their personal lives.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 110: INTRODUCTION TO CRIME ANALYSIS Change

      This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the functions of a crime analyst and how they both differ from and complement those of a crime scene investigator or detective. You will explore crime analysis, including basic statistics, as well as methodology and procedures that have been authored by leaders in the field and endorsed by the International Association of Crime Analysts. As a result, you will gain an understanding of the history and importance of crime analysis in the law enforcement field, as well as the responsibilities of tactical, strategic, and administrative crime analysts.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 140: INTRODUCTION TO CONSTITUTIONAL LAW Change

      This course is designed to acquaint the student with the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and constitutional amendments as they relate to criminal law and the collection of criminal evidence. It will introduce students to criminal evidence through landmark Supreme Court cases and provide background in search and seizure and due process as they relate to criminal justice practice.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 200: FUNDAMENTALS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILING Change

      This course examines psychological profiling within the context of crime analysis. You will learn the importance of crime scene analysis, modus operandi (MO), and criminal signatures in identifying specific types of offenders. Case studies will be used to highlight techniques used in this process. This will provide you with the necessary foundation for understanding the benefits from this analytical technique.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 233: INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY Change

      This course will introduce you to the field of forensic psychology and encourages you to examine the legal system through the use of psychological concepts, methods, and research results. Topics covered include the theories of crime, the role of psychology in the legal system, the police and the criminal justice system, and the use of forensic assessments in both criminal and civil cases. Using case law and landmark Supreme Court decisions, you will explore the foundations of forensic psychology and its impact on the criminal justice system.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 266: DEVIANCE AND VIOLENCE Change

      This course explores research in the field of behavioral deviance. Students analyze case studies of various types of serial killers, focusing on casual explanations, police investigative strategies, and research-based recommendations for preventing and responding to these violent acts. Students also examine the responses of the justice system and victimization profiles, along with situational factors such as victim offender relationships. This course presents a special concentration on stalking, domestic violence, abusive behavior, and public policy efforts to reduce the threat of violence.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
    • CJ 289: ASSOCIATE'S CAPSTONE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY Change

      This course is designed as the culminating experience of the criminal justice and criminology degree. This course consists of a series of assignments that integrate concepts from the criminal justice curricula. The assignments are designed to test application and critical thinking skills as students work through fact-based scenarios and analyze issues affecting contemporary practice.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Final term or Dean approval

      Online students will take CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety.
  • Electives

    Total Electives Credits: 25

    Total Program Credits: 90

Curriculum: Concentration

Can I Afford This?

Kaplan University is committed to helping you find more ways to save on college tuition. Our Tuition Cap, military reductions, and transfer and experiential learning credits are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition Rates

Select Your Options

Desired Track Only All Tracks is available for this program.
Enrollment Location:
Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin
  • Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin
  • Maine
  • Hagerstown
  • Iowa, Nebraska
Tuition Discount Options:
Select One
  • Select One
  • Active-Duty Military
  • Military Veteran
  • Military Spouse
  • International
  • IN Residents

Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$371.00 cost per credit
number of credits

Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Tuition Cap

Fixed Tuition for New Enrollees

$22,500.00 maximum cost of attendance
90 number of credits

View Tuition Cap FAQs. The Kaplan University Tuition Cap may not be used in conjunction with any Kaplan University tuition reductions, including military spouse reductions. Military servicemembers and veterans are not eligible for the Kaplan University Tuition Cap.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

Ways to Save

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Helpful Information

Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your career to a higher level.

View Brochures

Request More Information

To receive the Kaplan University Program Guide, including areas of study and associated career paths, please complete this information form.
View notes and conditions

*Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education beyond the associate's level. Some positions require a 4-year bachelor's degree and/or 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.

ACJS does not accredit university programs.

Kaplan University does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for our Transfer of Credit and Prior Learning Assessment policies.