Online Criminal Justice Degree

100% online. 100% flexible.

Get your Associate Degree in Criminal Justice on YOUR schedule.

A fast, valuable and affordable degree.
Excellent preparation for the police academy and other criminal justice careers.
Classes start every 8 weeks.

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The median salary national salary for police officers. Forensic science techs earn up to $74,000.


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The number of career paths in the criminal justice field.


Learn the theories and practices of criminal justice and prepare for careers in law enforcement, corrections, forensics, homeland and border security, government agencies, law and many more.


  • SMC has been offering criminal justice degrees since 1970. You'll learn from a leader in criminal justice education.
  • Your instructors will have real-world experience. Many are current or former 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.
  • Tuition is $300 per credit hour. Financial aid is available, and your tuition includes all of your books.

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77 criminal justice career options

An Associate Degree will start you on the path to any of these rewarding careers. And if you get your degree from a liberal arts college like SMC, your degree program will include courses that will sharpen your critical thinking, research and communication skills: knowledge that will enhance your career opportunities and options.

ATF Agent
Bounty Hunter
Correctional Case Manager
Crime Analyst
Crime Prevention Specialist
Crime Scene Technician
Customs Agent
Evidence Technician
Federal Protective Service
Gaming Surveillance Officer
Gang Investigator
Homeland Security Careers
IRS Special Agent
K9 Officer
Legal Nurse Consultant
Loss Prevention Specialist
NSA Police
Park Ranger
Prison Guard
Prison Warden
US Postal Inspector
Air Marshal
Blood Spatter Analyst
Border Patrol Agent
CIA Analyst
CIA Officer
Computer Forensics Investigator
Conservation Officer
Correctional Officer
Correctional Treatment Specialist
Court Clerk
Crime Lab Analyst
Crime Scene Investigator
Criminal Investigator
Criminal Law Paralegal
Customs and Border Protection Officer
DEA Agent
Deputy Sheriff
Emergency Management Director
FBI Agent
Fire and Police Dispatcher
Fire Investigator
First-Line Supervisor of Correctional Officers
First-Line Supervisor of Police and Detectives
Fish and Game Warden
Forensic Accountant
Forensic Anthropologist
Forensic Ballistics Expert
Forensic Nurse
Forensic Psychologist
Forensic Science Technician
Fraud Investigator
Homicide Detective
ICE Agent
Information Security Analyst
Juvenile Probation Officer
Narcotics Officer
Parking Enforcement Officer
Parole Officer
Police Officer
Private Investigator
Probation Officer
Secret Service Agent
Security Guard
State Trooper
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor
Transit and Railroad Police
Transportation Security Screener
United States Park Police
US Marshal
Victims Advocate
Youth Correctional Counselor