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AAS in Criminal Justice

Students enrolled in Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice program have the opportunity to study criminal theory and law principles while gaining an understanding of the criminal justice system and practitioners. Read more about Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice program here.

Official Program Name:

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Associate of Applied Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students to pursue entry-level positions within the field of criminal justice. Students have the opportunity to learn aspects of criminology, criminal investigation, criminal law, and counter-terrorism methods. The program is also designed to give students a general understanding of the U.S criminal justice system and its agencies and institutions.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

90 credits. Kaplan University defines and academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete three terms of instructional time. Full-time students are expected to complete at least 36 credit hours within the academic year.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Major Requirements

  • CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety (5 credits)
  • CJ 101: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (5 credits)
  • CJ 210: Criminal Investigation (5 credits)
  • CJ 227: Criminal Procedure (5 credits)
  • CJ 299: Associate's Capstone in Criminal Justice (5 credits)
  • 100/200-level: Major Electives (15 credits)

Core Requirements and Open Electives

  • 100/200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • 100/200-level: Mathematics Course (5 credits)
  • 200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
  • Open Electives (35 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice program may be interested in pursuing a wide variety of bachelor degree options according to their personal interests within criminal justice or law. Earning a bachelor's degree could afford students additional career opportunities as well as increased responsibility in the workplace.

Bachelor degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Career Paths:

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, public safety, courts, and corporate and private security.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Corrections officer
  • Disaster relief worker
  • Highway patrol officer
  • Private investigator

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