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What will I learn?

Criminal justice professionals work closely with people at all levels of society to create community and promote public safety for all.

Do you desire to serve and educate the public? Do you have good judgment, self-discipline, and follow through? Do you practice self-care and manage stress well? Do you treat everyone with respect and without bias while being assertive enough to get a job done?

These are only a few questions you will answer in the PCC Criminal Justice program. We balance a comprehensive introduction to community building and criminal justice with fundamental skills you need to get started in the field.

The Oregon Employment Department forecasts criminal justice jobs in the Portland area will grow 5.5% through 2027.

Why choose Criminal Justice at PCC?

Law enforcement and community agencies, both state and federal, routinely seek PCC Criminal Justice graduates because of the rigorous, comprehensive, and quality education we provide.

Experience, skills, accreditation

PCC criminal justice faculty have extensive education and experience in our community: local/state police, corrections, the FBI, and other community agencies. Only instructors who have proven experience, knowledge of proper procedures, and an understanding of criminal law and equity teach our courses. You receive up-to-date, relevant skills delivered through best practices. City, county, and state agencies have given our program the highest marks. Many of our graduates go on to pursue higher degrees at other institutions.

Continuing education for professionals

Our continuing education and training components help current criminal justice professionals complete a degree, prepare for a promotion, or gain additional expertise in particular criminal justice and equity courses. Also, our program features specialized seminars on current and high profile topics.

Which department am I in?

Portland Community College

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
USD $258 per credit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022


Cascade Campus

705 N. Killingsworth Street,



97217, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have minimum age of 18 years old in the first term. They also must have completed most recent high school, college, or university.

For international students

Students must have minimum age of 18 years old in the first term. They also must have completed most recent high school, college, or university. TOEFL (1 year) iBT 61, IELTS (1 year) overall 5.5, no band lower than 5.0. Accredited US College/University: pass course equivalent to WR121 (college-level English Composition) with 2.0 GPA or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Portland Community College

PCC provides an affordable option for quality education through small classes and 90+ academic programs in a safe and beautiful city.

  • 2+2 transfer programs and OPT after graduation
  • More than 90 academic programs to choose from
  • Easy, no fee, online application
  • No TOEFL/IELTS or SAT/ACT required for admission