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Associate Degree of Criminal Justice

Associate Degree of Criminal Justice

Understand criminal behaviour
and the justice system
Associate Degree of Criminal Justice
1 Year 4 Months Full Time
Associate Degree
CRICOS Code: 081563E
Australian Qualification Framework: 6
Available at
Melbourne, Online*
*Course available to domestic students only
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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 ACAP under its self-accrediting authority.

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What you'll learn

Expertise in human behaviour forms is the foundation of the Associate Degree of Criminal Justice.


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

Course structure

The Associate Degree of Criminal Justice 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. 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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