Train with former and current law enforcement professionals and gain practical experience for a range of criminal justice careers. Choose from classes that are online, on-campus or both.

Completion Award
Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences
Length of Study
90 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring
Online, On Campus

  1. Understand federal and state constitutions and their respective criminal codes
  2. Demonstrate basic theories of police operations and management
  3. Communicate effectively within the criminal justice system
  4. Effectively communicate with the public and respond to various problems many of which may not be criminal in nature
  5. Understand the importance of fairly enforcing the laws which regulate public conduct
  6. Discuss the importance of properly identifying, collecting and preserving evidence
  7. Discuss the value of preliminary traffic and criminal investigations and the documentation and effective courtroom presentation of these findings
  8. Understand the importance of the community's feeling of safety and its implications for the application of standard patrol practices and police interventions
  9. Understand and apply concepts of community-oriented policing
In addition to the outcomes above, students will gain the skills and knowledge included in Shoreline Student Learning Outcomes (SSLOs): Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity & Social Justice, Information Literacy, and Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning.

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The employment outlook is very good with job growth expected to continue over the next decade. Successful employment in many positions - particularly law enforcement positions - is dependent upon passing competitive entrance examinations, meeting various medical requirements and passing background investigations. Good performance and additional training can enhance opportunities for advancement.

Potential employers include: Graduates can be employed by municipal, county, state or federal law enforcement, juvenile and adult correction facilities, private and corporate security/investigation firms.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $145.17  $245.71  $339.54 $162.51
5 credits $673.85  $1,176.57  $1,645.70  $760.55
12 credits (full-time) $1,462.52  $2,476.40 $3,422.10  $1,637.76
15 credits $1,641.05 $2,667.59  $3,624.45 $1,819.05

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Fees
Approximately $20 - $120 per quarter, depending on courses selected

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