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About the Criminal Justice Program

How to Get Started

To get started in the Criminal Justice program, complete the admissions and registration process at Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield or Mountain View College.

When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Criminal Justice program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.

If you are planning to earn an associate degree or certificate, please note that you must complete 25 percent of your degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.


Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that’s $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

See Credit Courses, Degrees and Certificates for more details.

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.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Each of the Dallas County Community College District’s seven colleges — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — is individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


The state-certified Basic Peace Officer training programs offered at Cedar Valley and Eastfield colleges are licensed through the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).

Related Programs

Not sure exactly what you want to study? Check out all of our law and public safety programs.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more information, see a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Faculty Profiles

Our Criminal Justice faculty members not only have relevant academic degrees but also real-world experience in the field, so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face at work. Our instructors work closely with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job.

Transfer Information

Most of our Criminal Justice awards are designed for direct entry into the workforce. The Associate in Arts degree with a field of study in Criminal Justice is designed for transfer to a four-year institution of higher education.

If you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Continuing Your Education in Criminal Justice

Continuing your education in criminal justice or criminology can widen your opportunities in the job market and increase your earning potential.

Many four-year Texas public colleges and universities offer higher education degrees in criminal justice, including:

Links to Additional Information

Get more information about the criminal justice field via these links to professional associations, related federal agencies and more.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Criminal Justice program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.