Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening and online courses.
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time.

Associate of Science Degree

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About the Program

This Associate in Science degree provides you with a broad-based liberal arts education to help prepare you for the rigors of the criminal justice profession and the advancement of knowledge of the criminal justice system. The program curriculum includes criminal law and procedure, policing, investigation, corrections, and juvenile justice. Each course is designed to illustrate the social, legal, and ethical issues relevant to the criminal justice profession today. Completion of this Associate in Science degree provides a foundation allowing you to transfer to a four-year academic institution. We also offer certificates in focused areas of the Criminal Justice profession. Students will:

  • Serve your community as a professional in criminal law, homeland security, corrections, and counter-terrorism
  • Apply forensic investigative techniques to process crime scenes, collect evidence, and interrogate suspects
  • Analyze the causes and effects of criminal behavior and delinquency

You are required to complete 80 hours of criminal justice-related service learning to complete the AS degree. This requirement will be met upon completion of CJS 2081 & CJS 2085 with a grade of C or higher. You are advised not to enroll in both classes during the same semester.

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Cost & Financial Aid

As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

Financial Aid

Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs qualify for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College’s Federal School Code is 010546.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to Century College students involved in several areas of study. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Tuition Cost per Credit Comparison: Century College $206.41, University of MN - TC $555.13, Private Colleges & Universities $1,416.

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Nate Kruckeberg - Criminal Justice Alum
“Being at Century College was transformational to me. I love Century with a passion.”

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Potential Job Titles

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  • Corrections Officers
  • Detectives & Criminal Investigators

Salary Data

Corrections Officers
Average Wage: $24.08/hour
Top Earners: $30.11/hour

Detectives & Criminal Investigators
Average Wage: $37.53/hour
Top Earners: $62.61/hour

Information gathered pertains to the seven-county metro area -

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    Program Faculty

  • Experience: Ms. Swanson has been a police officer for 21 years, and has served as the Chief of Police for the White Bear Lake Police Department since 2014.
    Education: BA, Social Work, University of Minnesota; Law Enforcement, Metroplitan State University; MA, Organizational Management, Concordia University
    Julie Swanson
    Faculty/Program Director
    Criminal Justice
  • Sara Edel
    Faculty/PPOE Coordinator
    Law Enforcement Program
  • Experience: Captain Hager has served in Law Enforcement for the past 22 years as an Officer, Detective, School Resource Officer, DARE Officer, Canine Handler, Narcotics Investigator, Sergeant and Captain for the State of North Dakota, the City of Lino Lakes, the University of Minnesota Police Department and, most recently, for the City of White Bear Lake. He has taught in higher education since 2015.
    Education: MA, Emergency Management, Walden University; BA, Metropolitan State University
    Hobbies: Family & Basketball
    Dale Hager
    Criminal Justice