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About This Program

With an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice, you can develop the foundational knowledge you need to pursue a job as a police officer, corrections officer, and other entry-level criminal justice roles. Salem International University offers a 20-month, 60-credit Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice designed to teach you what you need to know to take the first step into the criminal justice field or prepare for a bachelor’s degree. We offer this program on campus in West Virginia or through convenient online learning.

Career Opportunities

An Associate of Arts degree specializing in Computer Criminal Justice can lead to the following career paths:

  • Entry Level Police Officer
  • Entry Level Correctional Officer

Course Format

Salem offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on ground at our Salem, West Virginia campus. Courses are delivered in a monthly format (4-weeks) and completed on ground, online, or through a blended approach that uses both delivery methods. Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full- time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule. Traditional on ground programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students.

Course Numbers/Names

Successful completion of 60 credit-hours with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0, including at least 15 credits in the program as approved by the department. Please see the current Salem Undergraduate Catalog for available courses.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online from our website at www.salemu.edu. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. A nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem International University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.>