Associate in Criminal Justice

The Associate in Science in Criminal Justice degree provides students with a foundation of general education and the criminal justice system for working adults interested in a career in law enforcement or criminal justice.

Online, On-campus or Both – It’s Your Choice.
Students can complete the degree entirely online, on campus or through a combination of online and on-campus courses.

Credit for Law Enforcement Training

  • Students can earn credit for this program via Philadelphia Police Academy training
  • Students can earn credit for this program via Philadelphia Division of Prisons training

What You Will Learn

  • The Criminal Court System
  • Criminology  
  • Criminal Law
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Justice

The program prepares graduates for continuing their education and baccalaureate level as all credits apply directly to the Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice at Peirce.

Program at a Glance:




100% online, or a blend of online and on-campus courses

Transfer Credits:

Up to 30 transfer credits can be applied to this degree


$600 per credit

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*Tuition is based on 2020-2021 tuition and does not include fees or books.

Curriculum for the AS in Criminal Justice

PRCPRC 100 or PRC 101*1
BIS 111Application Software Fundamentals3
COM 112Speech Communication3
ENG 101English Composition3
ENG 103Rhetoric and Research3
HUM 102Introduction to Ethics3
MAT 101Introduction to College Mathematics3
SCIScience Core (choose 1)3
SOC SCISocial Science Core (choose 1) Recommended SOC 101 General Sociology OR PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology3
GEN EDGeneral Education Core (choose 1) Recommended PSC 101 American Government3
CJS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJS 104Criminal Court System3
CJS 107Criminology3
CJS 204Criminal Law3
CJS 207Ethics in Criminal Justice3
CJS 224Juvenile Justice3
CJS 230Criminal Justice Capstone I3
CJS ELECriminal Justice Electives (choose 2)6
ELEElective Courses (choose 2)6
TOTAL: 61 Credits
*students who place into developmental education courses and/or who have fewer than 15 transfer credits are required to enroll in PRC 100: Student Success Seminar.

Course Descriptions and Information

View course descriptions and prerequisite information in our Undergraduate Catalog.

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