Criminal Justice

Certificate or Associate Degree Program1

View the Program Guide (PDF)

Employment Projection

6% growth nationally from 2016-20262

Employment Options

Security Guard,
Investigator or Loss Prevention Officer,
Correction Officer

Program Length

36 weeks (Certificate) 3
Less than 2 years (Associate Degree) 4

1. While some employers may not require this level of education, it can help better prepare you for the responsibilities of this role.

2. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/security-guards.htm
Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2016-2026 and may not reflect local economic conditions.

3. Certificate program only. Not including breaks. Program length by weeks and admission requirements can be found here in the academic catalog.

4. Not including breaks. Program length by weeks and admission requirements can be found here in the academic catalog.

Classes start as soon as May 28, 2018

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How Easy Will It Be to Get a Job as a Security Guard?

Protecting people and their property is an important job that comes with a lot of responsibility. You’ll help keep people safe, and make sure any suspicious activity is addressed immediately. Security guards will continue to be needed to protect both people and property because of concerns about crime, vandalism and terrorism5In fact, employment in this field is projected to grow 6% nationally between 2016 and 20266.

5. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/security-guards.htm#tab-6

6. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/security-guards.htm
Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2016-2026 and may not reflect local economic conditions.

What is online education like?

You Need Focus

From phones buzzing and beeping to people all around you, there are plenty of distractions. You’ll need a quiet place where you can focus and concentrate.

You Need To Write

Online learning means you'll be submitting your assignments with written responses. So it's pretty important that you’re comfortable writing.

You Need Self-Discipline

You have more freedom to study around your schedule. You'll need to stay motivated, learn the material, and meet all your deadlines.

Technical requirements for online learning7

Required:

Windows Mac
Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 Macintosh OS X or higher (in classic mode)
56K (or higher) modem 56K (or higher) modem
Screen resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels Screen resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels
Soundcard and Speakers Soundcard and Speakers
  • Tech specifications: Intel P3 or equivalent AMD processor, 50MB RAM, 20MB free hard drive space.
  • Operating system: Windows XP or newer, or Mac OSX 10.7 or newer.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari.
  • Internet Access: 56kb/s modem or faster.
  • Software: Latest versions of Flash and Adobe Reader.

Preferred

Windows Mac
Internet Explorer Apple Safari
Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox 3
Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox
  • Tech specifications: Intel P4 or equivalent AMD processor, 512MB RAM, 1GB free hard drive space.
  • Operating system: Windows 8 or newer or Mac OSX 10.9 or newer.
  • Browser: Mozilla Firefox.
  • Internet Access: high-speed internet (cable or DSL).
  • Software: Latest versions of Flash and Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)

7. For a complete list of technical requirements, please visit online.carrington.edu

Classes start as soon as May 28, 2018

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