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Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

Program Details

At Rasmussen College, the Criminal Justice Associate’s degree focuses on developing the critical-thinking and decision-making skills necessary for making life-or-death decisions in high-pressure situations. As a student, you’ll learn from seasoned professionals who deliver an evolving set of experiences to prepare you for life after graduation. You learn to assess situations through verbal and non-verbal communication cues and develop the skills to positively react to fast-paced and ever-changing scenarios. Along the way, you’ll develop relevant, real-world knowledge from courses in criminal law, juvenile justice, due process and ethics.

Choose online courses, residential courses or a combination of both so you can earn your degree on a schedule that fits your personal and professional lifestyle. Or, transfer your credits toward our Criminal Justice Bachelor’s degree.

Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and courses completed each term.

The Criminal Justice Leadership and Management Bachelor’s degree and Criminal Justice Associate’s degree programs have not been approved by any state professional licensing body, and the programs do not lead to any state-issued professional license. For further information on professional licensing requirements, please contact the appropriate board or agency in your state of residence. Additional education, training, experience, and/or other eligibility criteria may apply.

In Minnesota, the Criminal Justice Associate’s degree program does not meet the standards established by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board for persons who seek employment as a peace officer.


  • High school diploma, or equivalent
  • Background check

Accreditation & Licensing

Rasmussen College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. | 800-621-7440.


This program is not authorized for residents of: Puerto Rico, American Samoa, or N. Mariana Islands.