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An Online Associate in Criminal Justice That's Affordable & Flexible

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Earn Your AA in Criminal Justice Online

The Online Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice provides an academic platform for students seeking career-relevant education in addition to preparing for advanced criminal justice degrees offered by American Public University. Classes are facilitated entirely online. This unique flexibility enables students to fit a quality degree into their busy schedules.

The Online Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice empowers students with a solid foundation in criminal justice theories by increasing their knowledge of legal issues, law enforcement objectives, administrative functions and the impact of terrorism. Students learn valuable skills and techniques commonly employed in many criminal justice and related organizations. Students are part of a tightknit network of public safety and homeland security professionals who share the same vision for protecting their communities.

Classes are taught by practitioner instructors, many who have served as sheriffs, legal counsel, police chiefs, military and homeland security leaders.


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HLC Accreditation

Part of American Public University System, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military spouses/dependents are eligible for our Military Tuition Grant that covers undergraduate and master’s-level tuition above the military TA cap of $250/credit hour.

Making Quality Higher Education Within Reach

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For Return on Investment

Reflecting our commitment to deliver value.

$285
Per Credit Hour

Tuition for associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and undergraduate certificates.

$250
Per Credit Hour

For undergraduate and master’s-level programs with APU’s Military Tuition Grant for eligible students

$0
Textbooks & Ebooks

We provide no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduates.

$0
Transfer Credit Evaluation

APU does not charge to evaluate and apply eligible transfer credit.

$0
Application Fee

There is no cost to apply for undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

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Why You Should Earn This Associate From APU

We’ve earned our reputation as a respected leader in online higher education by always making you—the student—our #1 priority.

Accessible Learning

Plan around your work and life responsibilities with courses that are online and feature weekly class schedules with no set login times.

Save Time

Associate degree students can transfer up to 45 credits for previous academic coursework, job experience, and professional training. We also consider ACE-evaluated training and credits by exam.

Be in Control

You can quickly turn your ambitions into reality because classes begin every month. Most classes are 8 weeks long.

Real-World Knowledge

You’ll be guided by faculty skilled in providing an engaging learning journey rooted in real-world experience from government, Fortune 500 companies, healthcare, defense agencies, technology firms, and the military.

Future-Focused

You have access to our vast network of working professional students and alumni, and our career services team provides continuous assistance.

Your Time to Shine

You always have a front row seat in APU’s online classroom. Undergraduate classes average 19 students.

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