Criminal Justice Technology: Associate of Applied Science | Technical College of the LowCountry

Criminal Justice Technology: Associate of Applied Science

A career in crime can pay.

Be on the good side of the law, and get on the path to a great career in criminal justice.

Program Description

Criminal justice is a rewarding career choice, both personally and financially.

The Criminal Justice (CRJ) Associate Degree program provides a comprehensive review of the entire criminal justice system including the court system, law enforcement and corrections. TCL’s well-rounded curriculum includes electives in specialty areas such as forensics, juvenile law, and criminalistics.

Technical College of the Lowcountry’s 66-credit-hour associate degree program can be completed in as little as four full-time semesters. Courses include general education, criminology, police administration, ethics, research, report writing, and more.

The S.C. annual mean wage for police and sheriff patrol officers is $40,340, according to 2015 reports from U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Turn to TCL, and make a living out of being on the right side of the law.

Accreditation & Accolades

Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry.

Quick Facts

Quick Fact 1
The S.C. annual mean wage for police and sheriff patrol officers is $40,340
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Learn from faculty experts who have a variety of law enforcement backgrounds.
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Choose to complete this degree 100% online or through in-person classes.

What People Are Saying

“ A degree from TCL gives you an edge; quality officers give us the edge.”

Matt Clancy Chief of Police, City of Beaufort

FAQs & Additional Information

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What does this program cost?*

Tuition: 66 credits x $170 per credit = $11,220.

Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free.

*Based on Fall 2016 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Qualifications vary.

Career & Education Opportunities:

South Carolina law requires that police officers be at least 21 years of age at the beginning of their career. Security officers may enter the field at 18 years old. The officer must also pass written, psychological and physical examinations; meet height and weight standards; and undergo character and background investigations. Typically, law enforcement agencies in major metropolitan areas require at least an Associate degree.

Is this program for you?

The program is a great fit for those who:

• Have a desire to give back to the community through public service
• Have a clean driving record and can pass a background check

Program Dean

Kenneth Flick

Division Dean/Business & Industrial Technologies


Michael Ricks

Criminal Justice Instructor/Business Technologies

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