Online Criminal Justice Degree For Military and Veterans

100% online. 100% flexible.

Get your Associate Degree in Criminal Justice on YOUR schedule.

A fast, valuable and affordable degree.
Transition into a new career and get college credit for your military training.
Classes start every 8 weeks.

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The median starting salary for a police patrol officer in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


The percentage of police officers who have an associate degree.

1 in 5

The estimated number of former military service members who are now working in law enforcement.

The benefit of an online associate degree

Whether you're currently serving in the military or are a service veteran, an online degree gives you the flexibility to learn on your own schedule.

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.
  • In addition to your GI BillĀ® benefits, financial aid is available.

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