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All of the Criminal Justice instructors at Ivy Tech have been employed or are currently employed in the criminal justice system.  Having faculty with real-world experience who are professionals in their field, you will be exposed to a wide variety of experiences including crime labs, court rooms, correctional facilities and jails.

While in the Criminal Justice program students can choose to focus on several different areas through electives.  These electives include corrections, forensics, law enforcement and youth services.

  • Corrections – Corrections officers monitor people being detained for trial and those who have been imprisoned.
  • Forensics – Forensics officials assist in the investigation process, assess crime scenes and evidentiary material, and testify in court. This area of study places emphasis on developing the skills needed to supplement traditional law enforcement roles with an interest in forensics.
  • Law Enforcement - Law enforcement officials provide assistance, respond to emergency calls, investigate crime scenes, and testify in court. This area of study places emphasis on developing the skills needed to be a police officer, including law, community relations, procedural law and criminal investigations.
  • Youth Services – Youth services professionals work to prevent youth offenders from committing future crimes by helping the youth and their families discover the causes of their illegal behavior.
Our Graduates

Graduates of the Criminal Justice program can move right in to a variety of positions in the field including law enforcement, bailiffs, corrections officers, casino security, airports, court officials, and even school security.  Graduates of the AS degree can also transfer to one of our four-year partners.  To find out more about transfer opportunities in Criminal Justice, click here.

Transfer Partners

Ivy Tech has several transfer partners for the Criminal Justice associate degree, including Anderson University, Ball State University, Columbia Southern University, Indiana State University, Indiana University, Indiana University East, IUPUI, Oakland City University, Olivet Nazarene University, Purdue University, Saint Joseph’s College, Saint Mary of the Woods College, Trine University, University of Southern Indiana, and Walden University. Talk to your transfer advocate for more information about transfer opportunities!

Degrees & Certificates

Please select from our list of certificates, technical certificates, and degrees below for class and location information. More information is available on each degree and certificate option in the dropdown above.

Technical Certificate:

Technical Certificate
(30 credit hours = 2 semesters)


Associate of Applied Science
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Transfer Degree:

Associate of Science T-SAP
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Associate of Science - Online T-SAP
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Gainful Employment Information

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

Program Locations

The Criminal Justice program is offered at the Ivy Tech campuses above.