Residential classes

Jan
10

next start date

16

week semester

5

year locked-in tuition

Online & night classes

Oct
25

next start date

8

week sessions

$375

undergraduate tuition

Available program formats: Online: AS In class: AS

Columbia College Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Administration

Prepare to help protect and secure people and property with an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree from Columbia College.

Prepare for a criminal justice career at Columbia College

An associate degree in criminal justice administration prepares graduates for jobs in industries that rely on security professionals. Graduates may enter fields such as asset or loss prevention and security. Many students continue their studies with the bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration. 

Some possible paths include:

  • Asset protection
  • Loss control / prevention
  • Law enforcement
  • Public health and safety
  • Security experience

Explore criminal justice administration

The Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College serves as a comprehensive program designed to allow specialization within the field. Study corrections, the judicial process and criminal law while integrating interdisciplinary perspectives of sociology and psychology. Students may also opt to learn more about management of criminal justice agencies, criminal evidence and juvenile delinquency.

Opportunities to learn:

  • Legal studies
  • Juvenile justice studies
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Forensic science

Associate vs. Bachelor: What's the difference?

Associate degree programs focus primarily on general education and can typically be completed in two years. Graduates are prepared to either enter the workforce or transition into a bachelor's program. Bachelor's degree programs provide advanced study in a specific subject area and can increase career opportunities.

Cutout portrait of Barry Langford teaching Criminal Justice at Columbia College.

Barry Langford

"[Students will] know how to write and express themselves verbally. They’ll know how to think critically about issues. They’ll be aware of what’s going on currently in the field."

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Available program formats

  • General education requirements 21 credit hours
  • Core requirements 24 credit hours
  • Electives 15 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 60 credit hours

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