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What will I learn?

The Criminal Justice Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in the criminal justice field.

To a great extent, the safety, order and freedom of our democratic society depends on our criminal justice professionals. The complexity of today’s diverse communities demands more than ever that criminal justice professionals are broadly educated and highly trained. Valencia’s Criminal Justice program is designed to provide the best possible education for students preparing for challenging careers in law enforcement, corrections, private/industry security and other criminal justice fields. It offers a broad background in the history and philosophy of criminal justice; the management and operation of modern criminal justice agencies; the social, psychological, and cultural aspects of society; and the laws impacting criminal justice functions.

Specializations Available:

Homeland Security

Learn How To

Investigate complaints and respond to traffic emergencies

Detect crimes, arrest violators and issue citations

Oversee individuals in jails and prisons

Use computers to search for information on suspected criminals

Job Outlook

Career opportunities continue to be excellent for those wishing to enter the criminal justice profession. with a wide variety of opportunities available in police departments, sheriff’s offices, prisons, courts, probation and parole agencies, and private industries. A more security-conscious society as well as population growth will contribute to the increasing demand for police services.

Potential Careers

  • Corrections Officer
  • Crime Analyst
  • Criminal Justice Administrator
  • Detective or Investigator
  • Emergency Communication Specialist
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Police Officer
  • Security Officer

Which department am I in?

Valencia College

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$9,576.00 per year
USD $390.96 per credit hour.

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

Start date

9 January 2023


Winter Park Campus

850 West Morse Blvd,



32789, United States

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$9,576.00 per year
USD $390.96 per credit hour.

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

Start date

9 January 2023


Poinciana Campus

3255 Pleasant Hill Road,



34746, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have the equivalent of a high school diploma in the United States.

For international students

U.S. high School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

English Language Requirements:

Official TOEFL result (minimum score 45)

Official IELTS result (minimum score 5.5)

Official LOEP result (minimum score 86 – offered at Valencia College)

Successful completion of English Composition or its equivalent (as determined by Valencia) with a grade of C or higher.

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


About Valencia College

Florida means easy access to beautiful beaches, sunshine throughout the year, iconic theme parks, top restaurants and excellent shopping amenities.

  • Awarded Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
  • Year-round campus events
  • Opportunities to study abroad
  • New campus open in Downtown Orlando

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