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Credit Courses, Degrees and Certificates in Criminal Justice

Important note: Before applying to any law enforcement agency, please check with its recruiters to see how many hours of study are required for admission. Requirements vary from agency to agency, and it is your responsibility to know the credit hours needed for the position you are seeking.

The catalog lists which college offers a particular degree or certificate. Get more information about the courses required for:

  • The Criminal Justice Associate in Applied Sciences Degree can be completed in five semesters if you are a full-time student but may take longer if you are also working.
  • The Basic Criminal Justice Certificate is a two-semester program attached to the Criminal Justice A.A.S. and the A.A. degree with a Field of Study in Criminal Justice, designed for transfer to a four-year university.
  • Two Criminal Justice Certificates, providing either 30 credit hours or 45-46 credit hours, are attached to the Criminal Justice A.A.S., preparing you to qualify for a job with a law enforcement agency requiring a specific minimum number of credit hours (for instance, the Dallas Police Department requires 45 credit hours).
  • The Criminal Forensics Certificate can be completed in three semesters.
  • An Associate in Arts Degree with a Field of Study in Criminal Justice is designed for students who plan to major in criminal justice and transfer to a four-year college or university. This degree plan constitutes a semester credit hour transfer block to any public Texas four-year college or university with a criminal justice major.

You should verify the transferability of all Criminal Justice courses prior to applying to a university.

View Gainful Employment information for Criminal Justice.