Program Overview

The Criminal Justice Administration program at Columbia College provides excellent preparation for a career in this system or for continued studies at graduate or law school. You will study criminal procedures, law, justice systems, judicial process, corrections and penology amongst other topics, giving you a truly comprehensive understanding of criminal justice.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Must have official high school transcript, successful GED completion or evidence of satisfactory college work.

    School Overview

    Working in criminal justice gives you an opportunity to make a positive impact on society. Studying criminal justice administration can lead to a wide range of careers in the field or continued study at graduate or law school. Columbia College offers four program options, as listed at the foot of this page.

    In our associate and bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice administration, you’ll study criminal procedures, law, justice systems, judicial process, corrections and penology amongst other topics, and will graduate with a comprehensive set of skills and knowledge that will prepare you for a rewarding career in the field.

    Our Fire Service Administration program is designed to provide the requisite technical and managerial courses to serve as a foundation for leadership in the fire service. This only available to students in Missouri. 

    Why Columbia College?

    • Online classes allow you to fit your degree around your other commitments. You’ll have weekly assignments and deadlines, but you decide when to do the work.
    • Tuition is about half the national average for four-year private schools, saving you thousands on your degree.
    • Class sessions last eight weeks and start six times each year, giving you the opportunity to complete an associate degree in just over 1.5 years and a bachelor’s degree in 3.5. 
    • Columbia College is one of the nation’s largest private, nonprofit institutions and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, so you can be confident your degree will be respected in the job market. 


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