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Earn Your Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice Online

Begin your education journey in criminal justice studies with an online Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from American Public University (APU). This online program empowers you with solid understanding about legal issues, law enforcement objectives, administrative functions, and the impact of terrorism.

The program is taught by faculty with real-world experience in local, state, and federal government; public safety agencies; the military; and corrections. You will learn amongst student peers, many sharing their experience from law enforcement, public safety, and homeland security roles.

The AA in Criminal Justice provides valuable skills and techniques commonly employed in many criminal justice and related organizations. This program also serves as a foundation for APU’s Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice.

APU’s programs are online with 24/7 access and no set login times. At APU, there are no entrance exams and classes start every month, so you can begin quickly and control your schedule. Ask us about transfer credit opportunities to help you save time and money in completing your degree.

APU Criminal Justice programs have not been approved by any state professional licensing body and the programs do not lead to any state-issued professional licensure.


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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 families are eligible for our Preferred Military Rate, which is $250 per credit hour for both undergraduate and master’s-level programs. Eligible family members include parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents.

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$350
Per Credit Hour

Tuition for associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and undergraduate certificates. Request information to learn how you can save with one of our tuition grants.

$250
Per Credit Hour

For undergraduate and master’s-level programs with APU’s Preferred Military Rate for eligible students.

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We provide no-cost ebooks for all undergraduates.

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

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

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Why You Should Earn This Associate Degree From APU

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

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Accessible Learning

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

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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.

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Be in Control

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

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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.

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Supportive

All students have access to our advisors who are available seven days a week, as well as our robust catalog of mental health resources, including TalkCampus, a real-time, professionally monitored peer support app.

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Your Time to Shine

You always have a front row seat in APU’s online classroom. Undergraduate classes average 18 students.

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