What does it cost?

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63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.
How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours -- 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Perimeter College

Criminal Justice Pathway, A.S.

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LaToya and Moisés
Enrollment Coaches

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Ursula Thomas
Associate Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science

What Is Criminal Justice?

Criminal justice is the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control, deterring and mitigating crime, sanctioning those who violate laws and delivering penalties and/or rehabilitation efforts.

Why Study Criminal Justice?

Criminal justice courses offer a balanced introduction to the three facets of the criminal justice system: policing, courts and corrections. Students gain insight into criminal courts, security, police and corrections operations. They identify the legal, social and technological challenges in the criminal justice field. The study of criminal justice often serves as an introduction for students planning to attend law school.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor's degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Students should consult with advisers to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisers about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.

Pathway Details

The Criminal Justice pathway requires 42 hours of Core Curriculum and 18 hours of courses appropriate to the pathway. For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.



A degree in criminal justice can lead to employment in the following fields:

    ·       Court reporter
    ·       Corrections officer
    ·       Crime scene investigation
    ·       Cyber crime
    ·       Detective
    ·       Juvenile justice
    ·       Law enforcement

For additional potential salary and job information, Bureau of Labor Statistics - For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics


General Questions

LaToya and Moisés
Enrollment Coaches

Curriculum Inquiries

Ursula Thomas
Associate Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science

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