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Online Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

If serving and protecting others is your passion, prepare for a career in the field of corrections and criminal justice. With an online associate degree in criminal justice, you’ll be able to communicate effectively with clients and colleagues so that you’re able to pursue a life of responsible service and leadership.

Our experienced faculty aim to provide you with a core knowledge base to prepare you for your chosen career; enhance your understanding of the roles of society and law enforcement in response to deviant behavior; appreciate the diversity of humanity and understand how cultural factors impact consumers of the criminal justice system; and to strengthen your critical thinking skills by fostering an understanding of deviance and clarifying personal values related to working with deviant populations.

Coursework is are designed to give students a robust view of the applicable areas an online associate degree in criminal justice can be used.  Courses include, but are not limited to, Policing, Probation and Parole, Juvenile Justice, White Collar Crime and Death Investigation.

What can I do with a criminal justice degree?

Maybe the real question is: Is an associate degree in criminal justice worth it? Well, it depends on what kind of career opportunities your degree helps you pursue. Associate in criminal justice jobs can be found in law enforcement, corrections, social work and more. Graduates from UC’s online Criminal Justice program can find potential careers as:

  • State Police Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff and Police Officer
  • FBI Agent
  • ATF Agent
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Corrections Officer
  • Federal Air Marshal
  • Customs Enforcement Officer
  • DEA Agent

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration is expected to fill more than 807,000 openings by 2026. 


Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees. 


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Are you ready for an AS degree in criminal justice that will give you the knowledge-base and skill-set you need to further your career? UC is here to help. Let’s talk about our test-optional college admissions process, scholarship opportunities and more! For more information about the associate in criminal justice online degree program at UC, fill out the form on this page.

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University of the Cumberlands is proud to support members and families of the Fraternal Order of Police. We have partnered with the National FOP University to offer members and their families exceptional academic programs that are structured to be some of the most affordable in the nation. FOP members can also apply to University of the Cumberlands free of charge.

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