Online Criminal Justice Degree For Law Enforcement Officers

100% online. 100% flexible.

Get your Associate in Criminal Justice Degree on YOUR schedule.

A fast, valuable and affordable degree.
Advance your career and get college credit for your job training.
Classes start every 8 weeks.

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Average additional salary you'll earn with an Associate in Criminal Justice degree instead of a high school diploma.


The percentage of police officers who have an associate degree.


The number of police academy training credits accepted by SMC. Credits lower the cost of your degree and speed up completion.

Why get a college degree?

Only 1% of police departments require a college degree, yet officers with a degree earn more pay and advance more quickly through the ranks or into leadership roles.


  • SMC has been offering criminal justice degrees since 1970. You'll learn from a leader in criminal justice education. Avoid the "cop shops" and get a degree you can be proud of.
  • Your instructors will have real-world experience. Many are current or former law enforcement and criminal justice workers.
  • Finish your degree in less than two years, or even faster with transfer credits.
  • 100% online degree. You can study when it suits your work or life schedule.
  • Financial aid is available, and your tuition includes all of your books.

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