Prepare Yourself for a Rewarding Career as a Criminal Justice Professional
This online Associate Degree in Criminal Justice program, offered through a partnership between Penn State World Campus and the Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs, can position you for a career in the criminal justice field in a number of ways. It can provide you with the foundational knowledge needed to enter the field, or if you're already employed in the field, can help enhance your résumé, heighten your profile, and advance your career.
Career Options for Graduates
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in criminal justice professions are projected to grow through the year 2026. As a successful graduate of this program, you should possess skills and knowledge that qualify you to serve both public and private interests in protective services, law and corrections, crime prevention, security management, court administration, the social services, and other related professions. Criminal Justice degree holders can be employed by sheriff departments, municipal and state police departments, security and loss prevention companies, local and federal government, delinquency prevention programs, youth shelters, residential institutions, and more.
Penn State's Online Associate in Criminal Justice Curriculum
The courses in this program can prepare you for a wide range of roles in the criminal justice field. You can gain a deep understanding of both the adult and juvenile justice systems, explore the intersections between public policy, behavioral science, and criminal justice, recognize the role that gender and ethnicity play in the field, and be prepared to interact in an ethical fashion with individuals from all backgrounds. Many of the courses you take in this program can also be used to satisfy graduation requirements for a Penn State Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, should you decide to continue your education and be accepted into the program.
The Penn State Difference
Courses in this program are taught by the same faculty who teach resident Penn State students. These are the same faculty who also teach students in our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, which has been certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Furthermore, a Penn State degree is renowned throughout the industry, giving you a recognized and respected credential to add to your résumé.
Information for Military and Veterans
Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.
Note: This program is under review for GI Bill eligibility, and you may experience delays attempting to use GI Bill benefits toward this program until it has been officially approved.