Investigate a career in criminal justice​.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

Overview

In the criminal justice technology program at COTC, students learn to become excellent communicators; explore a multi-faceted system that includes the courts, policing, probation, corrections and homeland security; and apply hands-on technical training in basic investigations and firearms.

Why choose COTC?

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with an associate degree in criminal justice technology can go on to pursue careers as:

  • Federal agents
  • Criminal investigators
  • Court bailiffs
  • Juvenile probation officers
  • Adult probation officers
  • ​Correction Officers

Transferability

Students interested in continuing their education to pursue a bachelor’s degree can consider transferring to a four-year college or university. COTC has several transfer agreements with four-year colleges.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I complete the criminal justice technology program?

The amount of time it takes a student to complete the criminal justice technology associate degree depends upon how many courses are taken per semester. 

Students who attend full time (and take 3-5 classes on average per semester) will complete quicker than students who attend part time (and take 1-2 classes on average per semester).

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete the criminal justice technology associate degree are listed in the criminal justice technology plan of study.

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students have the flexibility to take classes face-to-face or online. Some classes in the criminal justice program require hands-on learning and are only offered face-to-face. 

Are there any age requirements to take classes in Criminal Justice Technology (CJT)?

Students must be 18 to enroll in the LET 107 Basic Handgun course.

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards more than $1 million in scholarships to students each year.

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email NWK-studentfinancialservices@mail.cotc.edu.

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.