Criminal Justice Technology

Program Overview

The Criminal Justice diploma program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for criminal justice professions. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of Criminal Justice theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Criminal Justice Technology diploma. Graduates who are current practitioners will benefit through enhancement of career potential. Entry-level persons will be prepared to pursue diverse opportunities in the corrections, security, investigative, and police administration fields.  Completion of the Criminal Justice Technology diploma does not ensure certification of officer status in Georgia.  Students must seek such certification from the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Council.

Students desiring to be employed in the public protection sector upon graduation must meet the requirements established by Georgia Code 35-8-8.

Students can enter the Criminal Justice Technology diploma program any semester.  A full-time student can complete this program in 5 semesters.  To graduate, a student must earn a minimum of 48 semester credit hours.

NOTICE: Students who intend to become certified Peace Officers or Corrections Officers in the State of Georgia should understand that according to the Georgia Peace Officer and Standards Training (P.O.S.T.) Council, each applicant, “shall not have been convicted by any state or by the federal government of any crime the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in the federal or state prison or institution nor have been convicted of sufficient misdemeanors to establish a pattern of disregard for the law, provided that, for purposes of this paragraph, violations of traffic laws and other offenses involving the operation of motor vehicles when the applicant has received a pardon shall not be considered.” This means that the Council will require a thorough Criminal and Traffic History be completed to include but not limited to: a Certified Driver’s History, a Georgia Crime Information Center and a National Crime Information Center printout. Qualifications for peace officer/corrections officer may be found at the P.O.S.T. web site

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Criminal Justice diploma program must be able to deal with a wide array of situations with a level head.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)
  • Online (Distance Education)
  • Little Ocmulgee Instructional Center

Salary Potential

$18,000.00 – $44,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $6,455.00
Books & Supplies: 
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

Employment Opportunities

The diploma program prepares students for positions in law enforcement, corrections or security such as: Community Police Officer, Detention Officer, EMS Coordinator, Police Officer, Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff, Dispatcher, Jailer, or Records Manager.

A criminal background investigation with a satisfactory determination is required of all persons working in the criminal justice field.

  • Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet assessment requirements by taking the entrance placement test. In lieu of the placement test, official scores on COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT or GED may be substituted.



Course Overview

  • ENGL1010Fundamentals of English I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1012Foundations of Mathematics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • PSYC1010Basic Psychology3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours
  • CRJU1010Introduction to Criminal Justice3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CRJU1030Corrections3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CRJU1040Principles of Law Enforcement3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CRJU1068Criminal Law for Criminal Justice3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CRJU1400Ethics and Cultural Perspectives for Criminal Justice3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CRJU2020Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CRJU2050Criminal Procedure3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CRJU2070Juvenile Justice3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • XXXXXXXXElective - 9 Hours9 credit hours0 contact hours
  • and one of the following:
  • CRJU2090Criminal Justice Practicum3 credit hours135 contact hours
  • CRJU2100Criminal Justice Externship3 credit hours135 contact hours
  • Credit Hours: 48