Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
Purdue University Global

Program Details

Help prevent and predict crime. Prepare for opportunities in crime analysis, law enforcement, and more. Complete your degree 100% online at one of the largest providers of public safety programs in the U.S.*

  • Program Highlights: Study criminal investigation, criminology, and criminal law, and select from a variety of electives in criminal justice, corrections, public safety, and more.
  • Career Opportunities: Police patrol officer, private detective, investigator, loss prevention manager, opportunities in law enforcement, corrections, security, or public safety
  • Credit for Experience: Earn credits for prior college, work, or military experience.
  • Bachelor’s Degree Foundation: You can transfer your associate’s degree into a future Purdue Global bachelor’s degree in criminal justice to cover half of the requirements.

Purdue Global 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 the Purdue Global degree. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.
* Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2018-2019 Total Degrees and Certificates Conferred, First Major, Criminology; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Services;nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees and certificates granted by Purdue Global compared to other Title IV institutions.
† Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.
‡ The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

% Online

100% Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Purdue University Global is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLCommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

High School or Equivalent

Application Requirements

Official High School Transcript/GED Score, Criminal Background Check

Restricted States

Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Utah, Wyoming