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Earn Your Associate of Science in Criminal Justice 100% Online

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Prepare for an exciting career in Criminal Justice with our 100% online degree program

Flexibility and Convenience

Earning your Associate of Science in Criminal Justice at Murray State College Online is convenient, flexible, and affordable. With no set class times and no visits to campus, you can log in when it fits your schedule, so you can fit your education into your life, not the other way around.

Learn New Skills

Whether you go on to earn a bachelor’s degree or enter the job market right away, Murray State College Online will give you the skills you need to find success in today’s competitive job market.

Affordable and Accessible

With generous transfer credit policies and low tuition, you can earn your degree at an affordable price and gain the skills and knowledge you need to continue your education or advance in your career. Log in from anywhere when it’s convenient for you.

Is Murray State College a good choice for full-time students?

Yes. We designed our online programs to work around your schedule. The flexibility to log in at any time makes it easy to study full-time while balancing work, school, and home life. You choose when and where to study, and you can contact your professor at any time through the campus portal. Murray State College is not new to online learning and has been working with online students for decades!

Program Requirements and Course Details
Associate in Science in Criminal Justice

The Associate of Science in Criminal Justice is ideal for those interested in gaining a foundational knowledge of the criminal justice system, its major subsystems, and its relation to each level of government in order to pursue positions in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, juvenile offender programs, social advocacy and social justice, government agencies, or private security. Additionally, many of the courses offered can be used to meet continuing education requirements for law enforcement and related fields.

Students are exposed to theories that define deviance and its impact on the laws and policies aimed at its control, explore problems facing the criminal justice system, and develop an understanding of American philosophies of punishment within the social structure. With highly trained, qualified faculty who have extensive real-world experience and expertise, students acquire an understanding of individual rights, the US Constitutional provisions applicable to the criminal justice system, crime data collection methods,
and criminal procedure and due process.

Coursework utilizes research in criminal justice areas and provides students with the opportunity to gain relevant job skills like analysis, synthesis of information and ideas, and excellent written and oral communication.

Depending on background and experiences, graduates of the program may obtain employment in the following roles:

  • Police Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Fingerprint Technician
  • Crime Scene Investigator

Graduates may also consider transferring to a four-year institution for further study or acquire additional training to prepare for roles such as:

  • Drug Enforcement Administration Agent
  • Criminal Profiler
  • Homicide Detective
  • Lawyer (with doctorate-level education)

41 credit hours in general education courses
22–24 credits hours in program core and recommended electives courses

If you would like to receive a tentative evaluation of transfer credit,
please contact Online Admissions at 580.319.5453 or

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements

Course #Course DescriptionCredit Hours
ENG 1113English Composition I3
ENG 1213English Composition II3
HST 1483US History to 1877 (or) HST 1493 US History since 18773
GVT 1113American Federal Government3
PHS 1114General Physical Science4
BIO 1114General Biology4
CIS 1113Computer Application or displayed proficiency in 3 hours of liberal arts3
COL 1211Success Strategies1
Liberal ArtsAny area 7 course from catalog3
Health & WellnessAny approved Health, Wellness, and Human Performance Course3
HumanitiesHumanities Courses to be selected from electives6
MathematicsAny college level mathematics3

Program Core and Recommended Electives

CJ 1113Intro to Criminal Justice3
CJ 2323Criminal Law3
GVT 2343Intro to State and Local Government3
SPA 1114Beginning Spanish I4
PSY 1113Intro to Psychology3
SOC 1113Intro to Sociology3
SOC 2143Cultural Diversities3
SOC 2063Deviance, Crime & Delinquency3

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