Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Degrees - Online Programs

Start a New Career in Criminal Justice

AAU’s Criminal Justice programs teach students everything from the basics of criminal justice to higher-level critical thinking and knowledge. Because of this, AAU graduates come out prepared for all facets of the criminal justice field.

AAU Criminal Justice Degrees & Certificate Programs:

Why Major in Criminal Justice?

Allied American University’s Department of Criminal Justice offers both associate and bachelor’s degrees. Allied’s program provides the building blocks for a sound Criminal Justice background through a rigorous examination of both the theories and practices of this multifaceted discipline. Our online degree program incorporates a broad range of courses covering such critical topics as criminology, community policing, justice administration and homicide investigation.

The field of criminal justice offers AAU graduates an enormous range of job options and career paths, the majority of which are public-sector opportunities in the court system, law enforcement and the corrections system.

Go Further with a Degree in Criminal Justice

Graduates will have a distinct professional advantage as they pursue some of the field’s most respected and high-paying specialties, too, such as forensics, investigation, and terrorism and security.

Take Control Of Your Career:
  • Having a degree greatly increases your chances of getting hired, even in careers that typically do not require a degree.
  • Degree holders have a better chance of being promoted and typically earn higher wages than their co-workers that do not have a degree.
  • Most agencies and companies prefer to hire college graduates, since it shows commitment and the ability to understand a wide range of topics.

What is the best perk of all? Degree holders typically earn higher incomes than applicants without a degree.

Fields of Work in Criminal Justice

Demand for jobs in Criminal Justice is on the rise. As our population continues to grow in numbers, the need for positions in this field will rise as well. Here are some of the top careers a Criminal Justice degree can help you achieve:

Correctional Officer: Correctional Officers watch over convicted inmates and individuals waiting trial. The median wage in 2012 was $39,040 with top earners making over $69,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There will be a steady increase in jobs over the next decade of about 5%.

Probation Officer: Probation Officers meet with and observe criminal offenders to make sure they stay on a positive course. The median wage in 2012 was $48,190 with top earners making over $83,410 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the next decade, job growth should remain even.

Private Detective: Private Detectives investigate and analyze information regarding legal and personal matters. The median wage in 2012 was $45,740 with top earners making over $79,790 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment is expected to grow 11% over the next decade.

Security Guards: Security Guards monitor and protect personal and private property from criminal activity occurring. The median wage in 2012 was $24,020 with top earners making over $42,560 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment is projected to grow 12 percent over the next decade.

Law Enforcement Officer: Police officers protect people and property from danger and criminal activity. The median wage in 2012 was $56,980 with top earners making over $93,450 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2012. Over the next decade, job growth is projected around 5%.

Criminal Investigator: Criminal Investigators monitor suspects in order to solve crimes for federal, state and local laws. The median wage in 2012 was $76,730 with top earners making over $125,320 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2012. Employment over the next decade is expected to grow steadily. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2012

Criminal Justice Certificates
Criminal justice certificate programs offer a career-focused education helping to prepare you for real-world opportunities.
Career Outlook
With a criminal justice degree, you can enjoy a fulfilling career in a wide range of areas. Learn about some popular careers in criminal justice.

Associate Degree

Criminal justice students learn the basic concepts and skills in order to help solve contemporary problems in criminal justice institutions.

Bachelor’s Degree

This program provides the foundational background for students seeking to possess a high level of knowledge of a wide range of criminal justice concepts and skills to create solutions to contemporary problems in criminal justice.