Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

The Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice develops the knowledge necessary to understand and identify the functions of the criminal justice system. In addition it will enable the student with the fundamental concepts applicable to criminal law, procedure, evidence and knowledge of criminology theories so that they can perform effectively in different work scenarios.

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CurriculumTuition and FeesLanguagesCareer OptionsCompetenciesProgram Details

Tuition Study level REQUIREMENTS EstimaTED COST**
Undergraduate Estimated credits
Puerto Rico and Caribbean $175 71 $13,050
(Residents outside
PR and the Caribbean)
$320* 71 $23,345

* Eligible US military students enrolled in fully on-line education programs (undergraduate) qualify for a discounted tuition rate of $275.00 per credit subject to comply with the documents required in the admissions process in accordance with the tuition and fees schedule disclosed in the current institutional catalog.

** Total estimated cost.

*** Costs vary per program.


This program is offered in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish

An Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, from National University College – Online Division, will open doors to a variety of options within today’s competitive job market.

  • State Police
  • Municipal Police
  • Court Summons
  • Private Summons
  • Legal Interceptor
  • Penal Guard
  • Legal Assistant in law firms specializing in criminal law

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(Source: : Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)

Competencies that can be developed through the program:

  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing, in both English and Spanish, developing their creativity and sensibility towards developing assertive communications.
  • Offer critical analysis in regards to economic, sociological, ethical and political problems from today’s world to contribute to society and improve quality of life.
  • Capacity to work as a confident and sensible professional, using critical thought and communication skills with a high sense of professionalism and ethics.
  • Ability to show leadership skills and the ability to work in a team environment in an ethical and professional manner.
  • Capacity to apply and relate to doctrines and principles from court orders and crime typology in a social context.
  • Ability to analyze issues and processes related to court orders considering aspects related to the nature of a felony, justice and society in general.
  • Ability to understand the functioning, organization and integration of the criminal justice system, in either federal or state jurisdictions.
  • Capacity to apply mathematical reasoning to solve every day situations.
  • Ability to integrate technology in the search and processing of information in an ethical, critical, systematic manner, evaluating its relevance on a personal and professional level.

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