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Earn your Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and launch an exciting career.

Study online, and earn your degree on your own time.

Are you ready for a dynamic career in an exciting field? Are you willing to work hard for what you believe in? If so, you can find success through PennWest’s online associate Criminal Justice degree.

The 100% online A.A. in Criminal Justice provides a solid, broad-based education in all five areas that comprise criminal justice system, including policing, juvenile justice, criminology, law adjudication and corrections.

Energetic faculty with extensive career experience will become your mentors and guides. They will help you understand criminal behavior, become familiar with important issues concerning the treatment and rehabilitation of criminals, apply education to their jobs, and become aware of major policies and trends in criminal justice institutions and practices.

You’ll graduate ready for an entry-level position within various federal, state and local agencies, or to go on to earn a baccalaureate degree.


Completely online, so you can earn your degree while you continue to work.

Flexible and Accessible

Earn your A.S. in Criminal Justice online from anywhere in the world.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth of 12% for paralegals between now and 2030.

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Degrees in Criminal Justice fields provide job security and a sense of pride.




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Careers and Salaries

What Can I Do with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice?

An associate degree in Criminal Justice can open the door to a variety of positions. Some of our alumni work in law enforcement, state police agencies and correctional facilities. Others find employment in related fields such as victim-witness services, rape crisis center, counseling and medical/forensic examiners’ office. Still others head to the military or private security firms, become paralegals, or continue their education in a bachelor’s degree.

Graduate Outcomes

  1. Effectively delineate and explain the major branches of the American Criminal Justice System, particularly the roles and responsibilities of each of the individual branches.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to comprehend and formally articulate how criminological theories are created, tested, and applied to explain individual and group criminal behavior patterns.
  3. Demonstrate an applied understanding of how criminological theory has specifically impacted law, policy, and program creation and evaluation in our nation.
  4. Successfully identify and apply major discipline-specific concepts, techniques, and practices to their chosen criminal justice occupations.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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