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Associate of Science in Criminal Justice (AS)

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice (AS)

At South College, you can pursue your associate degree in criminal justice fully online or take a mix of online and on-campus classes at our Asheville, Knoxville, or Nashville campus.   Learn at your convenience in a hybrid or online associate degree program and start working toward tomorrow’s career in criminal justice today!


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Degree Features

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice (AS)

  1. Program Duration

    21 months (full-time)

  2. Financial Aid

    Available for qualified applicants

  3. Location

    Online or Online + In-Person Classes in Asheville, Knoxville, or Nashville

Financial Aid

Financial aid, offered through a variety of government, state, and local programs, grants, and scholarships—like Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, South College Promise, and others—is available to those who qualify. To learn more about financial aid options available for students in our criminal justice programs, contact a member of our admissions team today.

Industry Outlook

Communities will always need criminal justice professionals who are prepared to serve and protect. Earning an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree from South College can help expand opportunities within the criminal justice and legal system, including careers as a probation officer, police officer, correctional officer, security guard, crime scene investigator, fraud investigator, and more. After earning your associate degree in criminal justice, you can also advance your education with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice—and later even a Master of Science in Criminal Justice or MBA with a Criminal Justice concentration.

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice (AS)

Program Overview

Feeling called to serve and protect? A criminal justice career can be fast-paced and fulfilling—protecting lives, pursuing justice, and relentlessly serving the community around you. At South College, the Associate of Science in Criminal Justice program can help you develop the knowledge and social awareness necessary for an entry-level criminal justice job or for advancing in a criminal justice career in law enforcement or other related areas.

Focused on real-world applications, our criminal justice program explores law enforcement, victim advocacy, and corrections. Through an internship, field trips, and interacting with criminal justice practitioners, you can gain a thorough understanding of criminal justice theories along with an inside view of key criminal justice operations and processes. A criminal justice internship offers the opportunity to not only apply your newly learned skills and techniques but also to expand your professional network.

South College


South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate, and associate levels, as well as certificates. Questions about the accreditation of South College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (


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