Investigate a career in criminal justice​.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice


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


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.


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. 

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

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.