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Online Criminal Justice Degree

Online Criminal Justice Degree

There is a new option for busy adults who are considering earning their criminal justice degrees, but are not sure they can commit to a traditional learning environment.

Generations College offers an online criminal justice associates degree program, designed to help busy adults earn their Associate of Science degrees without having to relocate or travel to a local community college campus.


Graduates of the Generations College online criminal justice program will face a variety of exciting career prospects. Working as a police officer or in another capacity for a state or local police department is always a popular choice.

There are many other options to consider, too. Some online criminal justice degree-holders decide to work in jails or prisons as correction officers. Others opt to work as probation officers or security guards. An associate degree in criminal justice can also be the first step in launching a career as a detective or a fraud investigator working for public or private employers.

Here is a complete list of job opportunities and titles that one can hold with a traditional or an online criminal justice associate degree from Generations College:

  • Police Officer
  • Police Detention Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Cook County Sheriff Department
  • Cook County Court Services
  • Emergency Response/Dispatcher
  • Juvenile Detention Officer
  • Security Officer
  • Paralegal
  • Private Investigations Companies
  • Water Reclamation
  • Police Department
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Social Service Centers

While you could choose to enter the workforce right away after graduation, you could also use your associate degree as a springboard toward earning your bachelor’s degree. Generations College has established articulation agreements with many well-known four-year colleges in the greater Chicago area, so you can apply your progress at Generations College toward your bachelor’s degree.

Whatever path you ultimately decide to take, the Generations College online associate degree in criminal justice is designed to give you the foundational knowledge and training needed to reach your career goals.


Online criminal justice degree programs offer the ultimate in flexibility for students. Rather than completing degree requirements at a junior college in person, you can simply log in from anywhere in the world as long as you have a reliable Internet connection.

The Generations College criminal justice online program is designed to teach students the same material as our traditional on-campus program, with the same expectations and course goals. You will have opportunities to collaborate with other online degree-seekers and access to your instructors, helping you get the most out of the program.

Choosing Generations College’s online associate degree in criminal justice program can be a fantastic option for many students, yet online criminal justice programs are not the right learning environment for everyone. Some students thrive more in a traditional classroom setting. Generations College can help you evaluate your options so you can pick the path that makes the most sense for you.


At Generations College, we understand education. In fact, we have been offering degree programs since opening our doors in 1904. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Generations College began offering associate degrees in criminal justice in 2012.

Whether you choose a traditional, on-campus option for earning your degree or the online degree program through Generations College, you can expect to face curriculum that informs and challenges you. We strive to teach the fundamental information students need to know to launch their careers. We also offer hands-on learning opportunities where possible. Our instructors are all highly qualified, with experience working in the subject areas they teach. We believe this gives our students a competitive advantage when it comes time to apply for jobs in the criminal justice field.

There are other accredited online colleges for criminal justice offering associate degree programs, but we believe Generations College stands apart from the competition. Choosing Generations College to earn your criminal justice degree online from our accredited program can be a smart move for you — and your future.


Job markets for certain industries change over time — that’s also true for jobs in law enforcement and corrections. Criminal justice degree-holders are remarkably resilient, even in turbulent job markets. That’s because there is always a need for people who understand the criminal justice system and have the skills to enforce and apply the law. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 7% growth for police officers nationwide, between 2016 and 2026. With a median pay of $63,380 as of May 2018, police officers can expect fair compensation for their work.


Earning your degree is important, but it’s also wise to look into what is involved in earning that piece of paper. When you choose to pursue a criminal justice degree using Generations College’s online degree program, you should expect to learn and participate — just as if you were completing program requirements in person. We offer internships for criminal justice students, designed to provide real-world experience.

Program goals include the following:

  • Offer a challenging, rigorous learning environment for students who are committed to pursuing their associate degrees through non-traditional channels
  • Guarantee faculty and staff are well-qualified, and who embrace a student-centered approach to learning
  • Offer a variety of learning options for online degree-seekers, including internships, externships, volunteer opportunities with fellow students, and networking opportunities
  • Ensure the online criminal justice degree program curriculum is reviewed regularly and updated to reflect changes in criminal law or procedure

Our online degree program curriculum for an associate degree in criminal justice teaches students fundamentals about constitutional law, criminal law and criminal procedure. Upon completion of the program, graduates should be able to demonstrate competence in a variety of areas — including criminal justice policy and infrastructure, administration, theory, and more.

Program outline is available here.


At Generations College, our vision and mission for our online criminal justice degree program can be summarized succinctly: We strive to give students the tools, resources and information they need to thrive in criminal justice industry careers. When our students and graduates do well, we all win.


When you are comparing and evaluating online colleges for criminal justice degree programs, accreditation matters. Generations College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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