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AAS in Criminal Justice

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice program at Purdue University Global is designed for military service members and veterans. Keep reading to learn more about the program's curriculum requirements and career opportunities for graduates.

Official Program Name:

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Program at Purdue University Global is only available to military service members and veterans. Applicants should already have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Military service members and veterans may be interested to learn that their MOS training can be used to earn up to 60 course credits toward the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. The curriculum is designed to introduce students to potential criminal justice careers while also providing them with an overview of criminal law and the steps involved in investigating criminal cases. Additionally, it allows students to create a program that aligns with their interests through 50 credit hours' worth of elective requirements. To complete the program, students could be asked to undertake a research-based capstone course where they create a solution to address issues within the criminal justice system.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

90 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants and loans. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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

Major and elective classes make up the majority of program requirements for the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice at Purdue University Global. Students also complete a few credits in math and composition.

Contact Purdue University Global for the most current course and credit hour requirements, as these are subject to change from one semester to the next.

Core Requirements (15 Credits)

  • College Composition I
  • College Composition II
  • Survey of Mathematics or College Algebra

Major Requirements (40 Credits)

  • Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Associate's Capstone in Criminal Justice
  • Major Electives (15 credits)

Open Elective Requirements (35 Credits)

  • Students complete 7 classes on topics of their choice.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

An associate's degree program in criminal justice could prepare graduates for entry to law enforcement or corrections officer training programs. Individuals interested in expanding their career choices even further might want to consider enrolling in a bachelor's degree program to focus on a particular area of the criminal justice system. A sampling of program options, some of which are available at Purdue University Global, are listed below:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Corrections
  • Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement

Career Paths:

Military service members and veterans who complete the criminal justice associate's degree program at Purdue University Global could use their knowledge of criminal justice theory and criminal law to prepare for civilian careers or take on increased responsibilities in their branch of the armed services. Listed here are just a few of the public and private settings where individuals could find employment:

  • Court systems
  • Corrections agencies
  • Departments of public safety
  • Corporate security departments
  • Private investigation services

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