Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice Online Degree Program

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice Online Degree Program

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Take the First Step in Your Career with a Criminal Justice Degree Online

Liberty University’s Associate’s in Criminal Justice online degree program is designed to equip you with foundational skills and knowledge needed in the world of law enforcement and the court system. You will learn about the criminal justice process from the commission of a crime to its subsequent trial. You will be introduced to essential concepts, including important elements in criminal justice writing and research, and acquire valuable knowledge that will aid you in your career within the criminal justice system.

Our School of Government faculty members were chosen with you in mind. Our faculty has experience as private practice partners, police officers, lawyers and attorneys, certified public accountants, certified mediators and nearly every specialty within the field of criminal justice. We are proud to join you on this journey as you begin your Criminal Justice degree online.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Associates Degree in Criminal Justice?

Liberty’s Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice is a fully accredited online degree program. Many of our criminal justice students are current or prior law enforcement. These students often have busy schedules that do not permit them to enroll in courses at a local college in a traditional classroom format. Flexibility is important for our students and especially important for students who are first responders. With our A.A. in Criminal Justice online, students can focus on their families and careers and know that their coursework can be completed anytime before the assignment is due.

This program will help you develop skills in:

  • The judicial process
  • Corrections
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Law


For students wishing to further their education, our Bachelor's in Criminal Justice is an easy next step after completing your associate’s degree. Whether you are seeking to grow in your current role or explore other areas within the Criminal Justice field, our program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and training you need. 

Highlights of the Associates in Criminal Justice Degree Online

  • By earning your Criminal Justice degree from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Without set login times and on-campus class requirements, this program is ideal for students who need flexibility, including law enforcement or military service members.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 

Criminal Justice Degree Online Program Format

  • 100% Online
  • 60 total hours
  • 15 hours must be taken through Liberty.
  • Up to 45 hours may be transferred in.
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Military Benefits

Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee wishing to pursue our Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice online program? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts - $250 for undergraduate (per credit hour)
    • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $565 per course).
  • Book Vouchers (Up to $400 per semester for undergraduate only)
  • Potential college credit for military training.

Generous Discount for Active Duty Law Enforcement and Other First Responders

Liberty University is committed to providing a world-class education and aims to help students achieve their educational goals, in whatever way we can. The Towns/Kopis Emergency Response Tuition Discount was created to take some of the financial burden from the men and woman who work in public service. As Liberty University's way of saying 'Thank You', we proudly provide you with the following benefits:


For more information on eligibility and claiming this discount, please visit the Emergency Response Personnel Discount page.

Criminal Justice Degree Online Information and Requirements


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Potential Career Options with an Associate’s in Criminal Justice

  • Administration
  • Casework
  • Corrections
  • Counseling
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Probation & Parole
  • Social Services
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Private/Corporate Security
  • State and Local Police and Sheriff
  • Homeland Defense

Students may need to complete at least a Bachelor's degree to qualify for federal employment.