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Criminal Justice

Has a career involving criminal justice grown from a childhood dream to a dream job? Equip yourself with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the criminal justice field with the Gwinnett Tech Criminal Justice program!

The Criminal Justice program at Gwinnett Tech offers degree and diploma opportunities for prospective criminal justice candidates looking to start their careers. Graduates of our program often pursue careers in state and local law enforcement, specialist agencies, investigative fields, and security. Crime scene technicians collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations and perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine the significance to the investigation. Private investigators work in many places, depending on their assignment or case. Some spend more time in offices, researching cases on computers, while others spend more time in the field, conducting interviews and performing surveillance. Private detectives and investigators often work irregular hours.


Students enrolled in the program learn principles of criminal justice and participate in law and criminal classes. Class topics include ethical issues, juvenile justice, law enforcement, criminal law and corrections – allowing students to gain insight into the operations of criminal courts, security, police and corrections agencies. The program is offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters at our Lawrenceville and Alpharetta-North Fulton campuses. Program classes are scheduled for day, evening and online. (*Note: minimum age requirement at beginning of the program is 16 years old.)

What are my program options?

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Take the first step towards a career in Criminal Justice and apply for next semester! Important dates and deadlines are listed to get you started and if you’re looking for ways to pay for your education, explore our scholarships for this program. You can also learn about our faculty and clubs and organizations to join!

Our Criminal Justice advisory board will provide you with relevant industry-specific curriculum for today’s high-demand careers.

Can I work while I learn?

Class schedules are designed to encourage student employment while taking classes.

What career options will I have?

  • Correctional Officer
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Police Officer
  • Private Investigator

What can I expect from the Criminal Justice program?

The Criminal Justice program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for criminal justice professions. The program emphasizes a combination of criminal justice theory and practical application necessary for successful employment.

How much will it cost?

Gwinnett Tech offers affordability at $107 per credit hour + fees. Great opportunities for scholarships and financial aid with HOPE Grant, HOPE scholarship, HOPE Career Grants and more!