Criminal Justice (Associate Degree)

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If you are looking to train for a new career in criminal justice, or if you want to advance your current career, our associate’s degree in criminal justice program at Kaplan Career Institute could offer you the opportunity to achieve your goals. Our criminal justice program is designed to prepare you with the knowledge, skills, and work habits required for entry-level positions in this field.

Criminal Justice Degree Program Features

This program provides comprehensive training in the areas of criminal investigation, juvenile delinquency, criminal behavior, crime and loss prevention, corporate security, and law enforcement. If you want to train for a meaningful career that gives you a sense of value and allows you to make a positive difference in your community, criminal justice may be right for you. A criminal justice associate's degree from Kaplan Career Institute could open the door to exciting careers in law enforcement, forensic science, security services, or a variety of fields that require a dedication to duty and a commitment to public safety.*

Our criminal justice program offers the following:

  • A strong emphasis in various areas of criminal justice and homeland security
  • A hands-on approach to theories and techniques
  • General education courses

Potential Criminal Justice Careers

With an associate's degree from our criminal justice program, you can seek entry-level positions in the following areas:

  • Security (private or public)
  • Loss prevention  
  • Courtroom administration 
  • Court system personnel 

* Additional academy training or education may be required for law enforcement positions.

Campus Locations

The Criminal Justice program is available at the following Kaplan Career Institute locations:


Real-World Externship Experience

Depending on the campus where this program is offered, you may be required to complete a criminal justice externship prior to graduation. During your externship, you will have an opportunity to interact with a variety of criminal justice practitioners in the community.

Firearms Training Simulator

As a student in Kaplan Career Institute’s criminal justice program, you may have the opportunity to practice proper techniques used by criminal justice professionals through an exclusive Firearms Training Simulator. Availability of a Firearms Training Simulator varies by campus and you should refer to your online catalog for program details.

  • Experience simulated real-world law enforcement scenarios.
  • Make split-second decisions regarding the use of force in over 400 live action situations taken from actual police records.
  • Participate in judgment training that is as close to reality as you can experience without being in actual danger.
  • Train on equipment and in scenarios similar to those used by law enforcement agents.*
  • Develop crucial observation skills that are essential for success in a variety of criminal justice careers. 

Campus Catalogs

Please review the Academic Programs section of the course catalog for your campus to find details about specific program outcomes and offerings. 

Tuition and Fees

You can find current tuition information in the course catalog for your campus under Financial Information > Tuition and Fees.

* Additional academy training or education may be required for law enforcement positions.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

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