The objective of the online Criminal Justice associate degree program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the workforce or to pursue a more advanced degree in criminal justice. Required coursework builds a foundation in criminal justice theory and crime, the practice of law enforcement and the U.S. judicial system.

What will I learn in the Online Criminal Justice Degree Associate degree program?

After completing this criminal justice associate degree program, you may be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of law enforcement, corrections, investigations and juvenile justice. You’ll have the core understanding you need to be successful in the field of criminal justice or to pursue a more advanced degree.

How long is this Criminal Justice online associate degree program?

At 60 credit hours, your associate in criminal justice program is designed to be completed in 24 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term.


The undergraduate rate is $295 per credit hour. This rate is lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Additionally, University of Arkansas Grantham offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.


Courses begin monthly, so we are ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about the Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice online degree program or any of our other accredited degree programs. We can also help answer your questions regarding financial assistance opportunities, the enrollment process or our transfer credit policy.

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Criminal Justice Associate of Arts


After successfully completing your accredited online criminal justice associate degree program, you will be able to:

  • Explain the various causes of crime using criminal justice theories, practices and process to a multicultural population
  • Compare and contrast historical and contemporary police functions, issues and responses to crime
  • Describe the nature and function of corrections, its services, practices and institutions
  • Apply fundamental concepts of the administration of justice

Criminal Justice Core Professional Competencies

University of Arkansas Grantham prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – Formulating and expressing thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in person, in writing and in a digital world.
  • Distributed Collaboration – Working effectively across distributed locations and asynchronously to achieve a common goal through relationship-building, shared responsibility, empathy and respect.
  • Professional and Social Responsibilities – Engaging in social responsibility through seeking justice, valuing diversity, respecting the environment; demonstrating professionalism through integrity, mutual accountability and ethical behavior. This includes considering the social and global impact of individual and organizational decisions and an awareness of and adherence to regulations, professional standards and industry best practices.
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving – Using analytical reasoning when gathering and evaluating relevant information to effectively formulate possible solutions for an issue, problem or a variety of issues. This includes the ability to recognize potential consequences of a decision.
  • Data Aptitude – Developing information literacy and the capacity to manage data with subsequent finding, structuring, evaluating and interpreting in order to provide meaningful analysis to accomplish a specific purpose.

NOTE: Students seeking a career in law enforcement at the local or state level will require additional training and testing. This additional training is determined by the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) in each student’s state.

Criminal Justice Associate of Arts


University of Arkansas Grantham’s 100% online coursework is designed to help you prepare for success in your next challenges. While working toward your Criminal Justice Associate of Arts degree, your curriculum will look like:

Program Core Credits: 15
General Education Core Credits: 30
Electives Credits: 15
Total Credit Hours: 60
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 15
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: CJ101 Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice Credits: 3
  This course examines a general overview of the criminal justice system, with an emphasis on decision points and administrative practices in police and other criminal justice agencies, as well as basic criminal procedures. Topics include: Causes of crime, criminal law, policing history and structure, police management and legal aspects, adjudication including the courts and sentencing, corrections drugs and crime, multinational criminal justice and the future of criminal justice.
Course: CJ102 Title: Introduction to Criminology Credits: 3
  This course introduces the student to the major theories of crime by exploring the biological, psychological, sociological and economic theories. Traditional and contemporary theories of criminology are examined to better explain patterns and root causes of crime, crimes against persons and property, white-collar and organized crime, drug abuse and crime, technology and crime, terrorism, and criminology and social policy.
Course: CJ201 Title: Police Systems & Practices Credits: 3
  This course provides an overview of police issues, integrating the history, social context and theoretical understanding of policing in America. Relationships between communities, individuals and police organizations are studied. Topics include: evolution of policing, organizational structure and supervision, societal expectations and police corruption.
Course: CJ202 Title: Correction Systems & Practices Credits: 3
  This course evaluates the history and progression of correctional systems. Contemporary correctional practices are analyzed and evaluated using a historical perspective with a modern emphasis on community and institutional corrections. This course balances current and past research, theories and applications and practical examples and issues. Topics include: historical perspectives, the court process, alternatives to imprisonment, correctional functions, institutional clients, rights of correctional clients, reintegration systems and the future of corrections.
Course: CJ203 Title: Juvenile Justice I Credits: 3
  This course explores the evolution of the juvenile justice system and the different approaches followed by the court and correctional authorities. Current topics in juvenile justice include youth victimization, crime prevention, treatment and various juvenile sanctions. Distinction is made between the adult and juvenile system, with emphasis placed on the roles and functions of the juvenile justice system.
General Education: 30
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: English Composition Credits: 6
Course: Math Credits: 6
Course: Natural/Physical Science Credits: 3
Course: Computer Science Credits: 3
Course: Oral Communication Credits: 3
Course: Humanities and Fine Arts Credits: 3
Course: Social/Behavioral Science Credits: 3
Course: General Education Credits: 3