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Online Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

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Agents of Change. Ethics. Professionism. Social Justice. 

If you are looking for a career in law enforcement, court administration, the judicial system, corrections, public or private security, or any other related field, then our Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice is for you!

  • Whether you are an entry-level student new to college or a continuing student, our seven-week accelerated program, delivered online, provides just the flexibility you need to get the job done.
  • Our hands-on curriculum focuses on up-to-the-minute trends, issues, and real-world applications in order to develop your ability in the criminal justice field.

Rosemont’s Criminal Justice and Homeland Security and Emergency Management programs provide not just a competitive edge, but a strong ethical foundation to those working in this crucial field. These programs will expose you to innovation and best practices in these crucial fields that society relies upon to protect lives and civil liberties, especially in times of tension. 

 Rosemont College was founded a century ago to “meet the wants of the age.” and our  Cornelian focus is on social and equitable justice -- the cornerstone of the curriculum.  A degree in  Criminal Justice from Rosemont will provide you the tools needed to respond to society’s needs in our ever-changing world.

Online Criminal Justice Degree

Offered online, Rosemont's Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice is designed for working professionals interested in pursuing a new career in the criminal justice system. If you're already employed in the field and you want to upgade your skills, getting additional credentials is an excellent way to get a promotion or increase in pay.

Improved Career Opportunities and Skills

  • For many law enforcement officers within the Greater Philadelphia Region, the completion of an associate degree can result in pay increases of $300 to $2,500 depending on their collective bargaining agreement.
  • Graduates of the program will gain the skills needed for careers in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, courts/judiciary, juvenile centers, alternative education, and private security sectors.
  • The Associates of Science in Criminal Justice degree prepares entry-level or working practitioners in the field for success in the following areas:
    • Law enforcement
    • Court administration
    • The judicial system
    • Corrections
    • Homeland security
    • Juvenile justice system
    • Private security
      • Animal Cruelty Investigator
      • ARD Specialist
      • Arson Investigator
      • ATF Special Agent
      • Bailiff
      • Bail Enforcement
      • Border Patrol Agent
      • Bounty Hunter
      • Casino Security
      • CIA Agent
      • Canine Officer
      • Child Protective Services Worker
      • Child Welfare Caseworker
      • Compliance Manager
      • Computer Forensics Investigator
      • Community Service Coordinator
      • Community Liaison Officer
      • Conservation Officer
      • Constable
      • Correctional Counselor
      • Corrections Officer
      • Court Clerk
      • Courts Officer
      • Crime Scene Investigator
      • Criminal Profiler
      • Criminologist
      • Customs Agent/ Board Patrol
      • DEA Agent
      • Death Investigator
      • Deputy Coroner
      • Deputy Sheriff
      • Deputy US Marshal
      • Diplomatic Security Agent
      • Dispatcher
      • District Magistrate
      • Domestic Relations Officer
      • Domestic Relations Investigator
      • Elder Abuse Investigator
      • Emergency Manager
      • FBI Agent
      • Fed Reserve Bank PD
      • Federal Special Agent
      • Federal Air Marshal
      • Federal Park Ranger
      • Federal Protective Services
      • Forensic Technician
      • Fraud Investigator
      • Fusion Center Officer
      • Game Warden
      • Housing Authority Police
      • Housing Development Agent
      • ICE Agent
      • Immigration Officer
      • Intelligence Officer
      • IRS Criminal Investigator
      • Juvenile Counselor
      • Juvenile Corrections
      • Juvenile Diversion Specialist
      • Juvenile Mental Health Counselor
      • Juvenile Mentor
      • Juvenile Probation Officer
      • Law Enforcement Officer
      • Latent Print Examiner
      • Loss Prevention Officer
      • Police Detective
      • Police Officer
      • Mediator
      • Military Police
      • Mint Police
      • Paralegal
      • Park Ranger
      • Parole Officer
      • Penologist
      • Pre-Trial OfficerPrivate Investigator
      • Private Security
      • Probation Officer
      • Public Safety Officer
      • Risk Manager
      • School Resource Officer
      • Secret Service Agent
      • Security Analyst
      • Security Officer
      • Social Services
      • Social Worker
      • Sociologist
      • State Trooper
      • State Probation Officer
      • State Parole Officer
      • SWAT Officer
      • SWAT Medic
      • Substance Abuse Counselor
      • Substance Abuse Professional
      • TSA Agent/ Officer
      • Transit Police
      • US Capitol PD
      • USDA Agent
      • USDA Police
      • US Forestry Special Agent
      • US Postal PD
      • Wildlife Conservation Officer
      • Victim Advocate
      • Youth Counselor
      • Youth Mentor


Designed for Busy Adults

  • Courses are facilitated online, with on-campus opportunities, giving you the flexibility to tailor your program to your life.
  • Our student-centric seven-week term bachelor's degree program is specially tailored to meet the needs of adult and returning students and provides the flexibility you are looking for.
  • Our faculty of master practitioners bring real-world experience into the classroom, giving you just the edge you need for professional success.
  • Transfer up to 45 credits, including credit for police academy, prior college credit, professional licenses and or certificates (FBI National Academy, FBI LEEDA, POSIT, DHS/FEMA Training), or other work experience.

Credit from Other Institutions

If you've graduated from an approved law enforcement academy or another college, you may have your official transcripts evaluated to potentially transfer up to 45 credits to the ASCJ program.

Receive Credit for prior learning and knowledge. You can earn your degree in less time through Rosemont College’s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, designed in keeping with industry best practices and standards and awards you credit of up to 45 credits towards your undergraduate degree. 

Network Through Rho Chi Chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon

Rosemont's School of Graduate and Professional Studies is proud to have chartered Rho Chi, a chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association's Lambda Alpha Epsilon. The mission of Rho Chi is for “Rosemont College Criminal Justice alumni, current students, and faculty to join together in fellowship, mentoring, and networking to provide excellence in enhancing the education of our students to create a positive change in our community as Agents of Change.”

Aim for Further Career Advancement with Bachelor's or Master's Degrees in Criminal Justice or Homeland Security

If you complete the asssociate's degree, you'll have the opportunity to transition seamlessly into Rosemont’s bachelor’s program in Criminal Justice. Qualified graduates may transfer into the junior year of the Rosemont baccalaureate program in criminal justice, saving both time and money. Rosemont also offers a Master of Arts in Homeland Security (MA-HLS) degree.

ASCJ Program Objectives

The Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (ASCJ) provides an introductory foundation to the American Criminal Justice System.

  • The ASCJ places an emphasis on current issues including strong professional ethics, balanced social justice for all, and restorative justice practices.
  • Coursework is designed to improve written, oral and critical thinking skills that are essential for the success of criminal justice practitioners in the 21st Century.
  • Throughout Program, students receive a Cornelian perspective in both the administration and adjudication of justice that reflects the College’s mission in developing the ability to make reasoned moral decisions and a sense of responsibility to serve others in our global society.