Associate Degree of Criminal Justice

Associate Degree of Criminal Justice

Associate Degree of Criminal Justice

Understand criminal behaviour
and the justice system
1 Year 4 Months Full Time
Associate Degree
CRICOS Code: 081563E
Australian Qualification Framework: 6
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Online, Melbourne
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Understand criminal behaviour

Associate Degree of Criminal Justice


You're intrigued by criminal behaviour and want to know more about our justice system. Our Associate Degree of Criminal Justice gives you deep insight into why we think and act the way we do, and the impact our justice system has on people. Learn about criminal psychology, crime prevention, law enforcement, and corrections services.

This course has been accredited by the Navitas Professional Institute (NPI) under its self-accrediting authority.

Get equipped for criminology

What you'll learn

Expertise in human behaviour forms the foundation of all our courses including our Bachelor of Criminology and Justince.


Criminal justice systems (and their relationship to the wider community)
An understanding of criminal behavior, crime prevention and social control

Course structure

This course is made up of 16 core units, which are either level 100 or 200 units.

The course duration is 1 year 4 months full time or part time equivalent. You can select to fast-track this course (4 units per trimester). For more information on the recommended course sequence click here.

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Pathways for future study

The Associate Degree of Criminal Justice is a pathway for students exiting the Bachelor program (irrespective of reason) while enabling graduation with an AQF qualification. It requires successful completion of the first four trimesters of the six-trimester Bachelor of Criminology and Justice.  With full-time enrolment, the Associate Degree of Criminal Justice is completed in one year and four months, rather than in two years.


Associate Degree of Criminal Justice
Our stories

Inspired to bring the real world into the classroom

In Criminology, there is always something going on in the 'real world' that we can dissect and discuss in the classroom. What inspires me is my love of the content and being able to see students grow over their learning journeys.

Matt Thurgood,
Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator, Criminology and Justice

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Chat to one of our ACAP course advisors to make sure you’re picking the right course for your goals. Think about funding options, and whether full-time or part-time study suits your commitments. We’ve also got some entry requirements and practical components to complete. Before you start studying at ACAP, check out the services and support available to students. Feel free to get in touch with us
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