Criminal Justice

Associate's Degree

Earn an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice

Train for a career in criminal justice in as little as 18 months.

Imagine a career where you can help protect and positively impact your community. If this sounds like an exciting way to make a difference, a career in criminal justice could be right for you. At Brightwood College, you could earn your associate's degree in criminal justice in as little as two years.

A criminal justice school is designed to prepare you with the knowledge, skills, and work habits required for entry-level positions in this field. If you are looking to train for a new career in criminal justice, or if you want to advance your current career, Brightwood College's criminal justice program could offer you the opportunity to achieve your goals.

A Career-Focused Criminal Justice Degree Program

Earning a criminal justice associate's degree from Brightwood College could open the door to exciting careers in security services or a variety of fields that require a dedication to duty and a commitment to public safety.*

Our criminal justice program provides comprehensive training in the areas of criminal investigation, juvenile delinquency, criminal behavior, crime and loss prevention, and corporate security. We emphasize professional skill building, so you will take a writing course to strength your ability to research and capture findings.

Brightwood College's criminal justice program offers the following:

  • A strong emphasis in various areas of criminal justice and homeland security
  • A hands-on approach to theories and techniques
  • General education courses

Apply Your Criminal Justice Skills in a Capstone Project

The capstone project is an opportunity for you to apply problem-solving techniques and research skills to real-world situations. This experience builds on the concepts you learn throughout your criminal justice courses. It is designed to refine your writing abilities and prepare you for working in the criminal justice field.

Potential Jobs in Criminal Justice

By earning a degree in criminal justice, you could perform jobs from helping protect retail stores from theft to working in the court system. Gathering and documenting information, maintaining order, and protecting fellow citizens are just a few of the duties that are often involved in criminal justice jobs.

Brightwood College's criminal justice program is designed to give you the solid foundation in criminal justice to pursue entry-level career opportunities in corporate security, public safety, private detection or investigation, and courtroom administration.*

With our associate's degree in criminal justice program, you may seek entry-level criminal justice jobs in the following areas:

  • Security (private or public)
  • Loss prevention  
  • Courtroom administration 
  • Detention and corrections
  • Court system personnel

Our Career Services team is available to help you start your search for criminal justice jobs. We can help review your resume, provide interview tips, and begin your job search.

Criminal Justice Salaries

Criminal justice salaries will vary depending on one's position, experience, and location, According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, security officers make an average of $24,680 while correctional officers and bailiffs make an average of $40,580 per year.† Salaries will vary based on experience, location, and the specific job duties being performed. Some positions may require additional training and experience.*

Get Started Today

Earning your associate's degree in criminal justice could help boost your existing career or start a new one. Fill out our information form to learn about our criminal justice program.

Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

This program in Maryland is an occupational degree program.

* Additional academy training or education may be required for law enforcement positions. Applicants to the Criminal Justice program in the state of Texas will require additional training approved by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement  (TCOLE) upon graduation in order to seek the following positions: police officer, peace officer, sheriff's deputy, bailiff, and jailer.

 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Protective Service Occupations, (accessed August 2016). Expected national growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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