Program Overview

Students seeking jobs in Security, Law, or Law Enforcement typically are able to become a police officer immediately after getting a high school diploma or GED. However, inpiduals who want a position of leadership or want to make the law their career path should begin with a college education. College educated inpiduals in law and law enforcement are likely to earn more and get promoted faster than their colleagues. The U.S. will always have a need for highly skilled and well trained inpiduals working to protect the border, preventing crime, or administering the legal system.

Columbia Southern University offers an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree for those seeking growth as professionals in law or law enforcement. Columbia Southern University’s curriculum is available entirely online. Online classes benefit students who are either unable or unwilling to give up their careers or personal lives in pursuit of education. By taking classes out of the home or other location, instead of a traditional classroom environment, students can choose their own schedules for completing classes, allowing students to have versatility in completing their learning. The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice program from Colombia Southern University can typically be completed in three years. 

The degree prepares entry-level professionals in the theoretical foundations, knowledge, skills and practices of criminal justice. The program enables students to develop rational decisions and informed responses to challenges facing law enforcement, corrections and court operations, juvenile corrections, as well as the influence of criminal justice policies and procedures. The study provides students with an understanding of the Constitution and criminal law and justice.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission

    CSU is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The DETC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


    High school diploma or equivalent.


    May not be approved for every state. Students should check for state authorization in their state of residence prior to enrollment.

    School Overview

    Columbia Southern University is a private, for-profit distance learning institution located in Orange Beach, Alabama. CSU is a completely online institution that offers various degree programs. CSU was established in 1993 by Dr. Robert G. Mayes, Sr. in order to meet the demands for alternatives to the traditional university experience.

    A subsidiary of Columbia Southern Education Group, CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. CSU also features undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.


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