Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

A Career in Criminal Justice Is in Sight.

Combat Arms—11B, 11C, 19D, 19K
Military Police—31B

Your combat arms or military police occupation could translate into credit toward an associate's degree in criminal justice at Kaplan University, reducing the credits needed to earn a degree by a maximum of 55%.*

AAS in CJ

Protecting society is more than a career—it's a calling. Nobody understands that better than the members and veterans of our armed forces. At Kaplan University, we believe your military training should give you a jump start on your education. Toward that end, we have evaluated various combat arms military occupational specialties (MOSs) to help reduce the number of courses required for graduation.

Military Police–31B: If you prefer to enter the bachelor’s degree, you may have earned up to 62% of the credit needed. Click here for more information on the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

  • Credit Award by Combat Arms MOS

    The tables below illustrate the amount of credit that may be awarded for specific combat arms MOSs. Note: actual transfer credit may vary.

  • 11B Infantryman
    Skill Level

    Credits Transferred

    Credits Remaining

    Courses Remaining

    10

    24

    66

    13

    20

    42

    48

    10

    30

    50

    40

    8

  • 11C Indirect Fire Infantryman
    Skill Level

    Credits Transferred

    Credits Remaining

    Courses Remaining

    10

    31

    59

    12

    20

    49

    41

    8

    30+

    50

    40

    8

  • 19D Cavalry Scout
    Skill Level

    Credits Transferred

    Credits Remaining

    Courses Remaining

    10

    30

    60

    12

    20

    48

    42

    8

    30+

    50

    40

    8

  • 19K M1 Armor Crewman
    Skill Level

    Credits Transferred

    Credits Remaining

    10

    32

    58

    20

    50

    40

    30+

    50

    40

  • 31B Military Police
    Skill Level

    Credits Transferred

    Credits Remaining

    Courses Remaining

    10

    40

    50

    10

    20

    58

    32

    6

    30+

    65

    25

    5

Your MOS not listed? Your military experience could still earn you college credit at Kaplan University. We will evaluate your military transcripts and may award credit for prior coursework and occupational training.

Interested in a degree in business? Your combat arms MOS could translate into credit and reduce the total needed to earn your Associate of Applied Science in Business. Click here to learn more

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to provide a solid education that’s relevant in fields such as law enforcement, corrections, and private investigation.

The curriculum covers topics such as criminology, criminal investigation, criminal law, domestic and international terrorism, and countering terrorism. Courses are taught by professionals with years of industry experience. Interactive technology allows students to collaborate with, and receive support from, classmates and instructors.

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice program is part of Kaplan University’s commitment to offer students a wider selection of degrees that serve socially conscious career pathways. For servicemembers, a degree could also help you take on more responsibility within the military or prepare you to transition into the civilian ranks.

Program Highlights

This Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to help you develop a broad education in topics relevant to the criminal justice field. Highlights include:

  • Interaction with practicing professionals and a focus on career-specific skills
  • An overview of the U.S. criminal justice system, including issues and challenges
  • Strong focus on criminology, criminal investigation, criminal law, domestic and international terrorism, and methods of countering terrorism
  • Capstone project in which you will apply the techniques and skills you’ve learned in school to real-world criminal justice scenarios

What Are the Career Opportunities?

As a graduate of Kaplan University’s Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice program, you may qualify for entry-level employment in police departments, sheriff’s departments, other law enforcement offices, juvenile detention facilities, jails, prisons, or the court system. Opportunities may also exist in private-sector, corporate, and government security and private detection or investigation.

Associate’s degree graduates could also pursue further bachelor’s and master’s-level studies in criminal justice.§

Our Curriculum

Kaplan University’s number-one priority is delivering a quality education. We utilize both program- and course-level assessment tools to determine if our curriculum and teaching is delivering the desired outcomes for student success. Our programs are designed to encourage online interaction between students and faculty. This helps make our programs more engaging and relevant, and focuses on the interactive skills relevant to the careers they support.

Additional Program Information 

  • Terms are 10 weeks
  • Students typically take 2 courses per term
  • Most classes have a weekly virtual seminar at a scheduled time
  • Students must log in and post information once a week (more is recommended)
  • We offer an online library housing thousands of documents, tools, and databases
  • No-cost tutoring and study tools offered in math, writing, science, and technology

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View notes and conditions

*Based on a member of the military who transfers in the maximum amount of quarter credit hours: 65 for medical MOS, 60 for military police and information technology MOS, 50 for combat arms MOS, 55 for paralegal specialist MOS, 45 for recruiter MOS. Coursework reduction reflects an educational mapping based on the completion of the standard courses required for rank advancement as well as credit for occupation duties. Credit awards have service-level requirements. Exact transfer amount may vary depending on completed military courses and occupations as listed on your official Joint Service Transcript(s). State-specific requirements, as listed in catalog.kaplanuniversity.edu, may apply. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible to transfer.

Kaplan University does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. 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.

§While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.