Criminal Justice Degree Programs

Whether you're starting a new career or preparing to advance, University of Phoenix® offers degrees in criminal justice that can help make an impact. Our programs are built and taught by faculty who average 21 years in the field and have experience in positions such as chiefs of police, wardens, judges and more. So you’ll learn the important leadership skills associated with law enforcement, corrections and the court system.

University of Phoenix provides several options to help students reach their educational goals. Students enjoy convenience and flexibility with online or on-campus criminal justice degree programs. And through the Prior Learning Assessment process, students can apply relevant learning, work or life experience toward college credits. That includes students with POST Academy training, who qualify for up to 30 credits toward a Bachelor’s degree, or students with Corrections Academy training, who qualify for up to 15 credits toward a degree.

Scholarship opportunities may also be available to those who qualify to help pay for a degree. Learn more ›

About our Criminal Justice Degrees

The College of Security and Criminal Justice provides curricula that emphasizes current industry theories. Focusing on experience-based learning, students will have access to dynamic online simulations derived from real-world situations. The end result is a deeper understanding of criminal justice best practices. We offer criminal justice degrees along every academic level, as well as certificates to specialize your learning. Check with an enrollment representative to see what is available in your area.

Associate Degrees in Criminal Justice

Our Associate Degrees provide a solid foundation to those starting on a career path. You’ll study policing practices, the court system, corrections and juvenile justice, and develop sought-after critical-thinking and leadership skills.

Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice

Our Bachelor’s Degree is designed for current or aspiring professionals looking to develop important leadership and administrative skills for the field. The program provides an overview of policing practices, juvenile justice, the court systems and law enforcement. Students will build a strong foundation in criminal justice principles, concepts and theories, as well as a practice orientation to justice administration.

Certificates in Criminal Justice

Students working toward a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice also have the option to earn a certificate. Best of all, choosing an en route certificate won’t add more cost or time. For more information, select an option below.

Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Security

Our Master’s Degree prepares students to take the next step in becoming a leader in both the public and private sectors. Students will learn problem-solving skills that blend industry theory with best practices and practical application. These degrees should be of particular interest to criminal justice practitioners, pre-service students and second career students. It prepares students to seek executive, promotional or transitional opportunities in the management of police, corrections and court operations.


The University’s Criminal Justice programs are educational degree programs. For those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, corrections or as a peace officer with any particular local, state, federal or international agency, there are numerous additional qualifications (and often disqualifications) depending on the position. Before enrolling in a Criminal Justice program, potential students are highly encouraged to check with the relevant agency for a complete list of position requirements. The University makes no representations regarding whether any particular University program will qualify a graduate for any such position.

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Educational Partnerships

We are an academic ally of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) and an academic partner of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE®).

Students also have membership opportunities with Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society through the ETA Theta Chapter.