Administration of Justice Studies

Administration of Justice Studies - AAS

The two-year AAS Degree in Administration of Justice consists of 62 – 68 credits. Of the 20 courses, at least 12 will be criminal justice classes with the remainder consisting of general education courses that include English, communications, math and forensic science lab. 

Program Codes

3398 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) - Administration of Justice Studies 

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, hybrid, day, evening, full-time and part-time.  

How long will it take?

It takes a minimum of two years as a full-time student to earn an AAS. This estimate does not include developmental education courses (courses under 100 level).  Certificates (CCLs) can be earned in a shorter time frame.  


The estimated cost of the AAS program is approximately $6,500 for Maricopa County residents. 


Most of our courses use low cost text books or no cost material provided by your instructors.  General education courses may have textbooks that cost more.

Program Curriculum

A degree progression plan, a suggested sequencing of classes, for an AAS in Justice Studies or Forensic Science is available.  These plans help students navigate the process to choose the correct classes to obtain the desired degree and/or certificates.  Your program director or advisor will help you with this process. 

Click on the link under “Degree Progression Plans” for a semester by semester plan for your classes.  

MCCCD Program and Award Information
Effective term: 
2009 Fall
Final term: 
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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Administration of Justice Studies program is designed to prepare men and women for careers in the fields of law enforcement and related technical occupations. The program also provides practitioners within the criminal justice field the opportunity for continuing education and growth and development, or the foundation to continue their education at a four-year institution. Upon satisfactory completion of the outlined program, the students will receive an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Administration of Justice Studies.

A Certificate of Completion in Police Academy Preparation has been incorporated within the Administration of Justice Studies program. The Maricopa Community College District in conjunction with the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board, which has statutory responsibility for law enforcement officer training in Arizona, has established the Police Academy Preparation program. This program allows students to fulfill a portion of their Academy studies at a community college.

A Certificate of Completion in Crime Scene Technology is also available within the program. This certificate offers the students an opportunity to specialize in this important and expanding area of law enforcement.

The Certificate of Completion in Justice Studies will provide a core of courses for students who are interested in pursuing a career in Justice Studies but have previously received a degree in a different field of study. For students who are pursuing an AAS degree in Justice Studies, completion of the certificate will provide an area of specialization within their degree program. Certificates of Completion in Law Enforcement and Law Enforcement Supervision are also available within the program which allows the student to specialize in this area of Justice Studies.

Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
AJS109Substantive Criminal Law3
AJS230The Police Function3
AJS240The Correction Function3
AJS260Procedural Criminal Law3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students may select any 21 credits of AJS+++++ and JUD+++++ courses listed in the college catalog including any AJS Certificates of Completion offered at Scottsdale Community College, except courses used to satisfy Required Courses and General Education areas.
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-24
General Education CoreCredits: 15-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
Any approved General Education course in the First-Year Composition area
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM100AAIntroduction to Human Communication Part I (1) AND
COM100ABIntroduction to Human Communication Part II (1) AND
COM100ACIntroduction to Human Communication Part III (1) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
equivalent as indicated by assessment
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved General Education course in the Mathematics area
General Education DistributionCredits: 7
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
AJS123Ethics and the Administration of Justice
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 0
Met by AJS101 in the Required Courses area
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area
  • Identify and describe the organization and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal law enforcement, including judicial and corrections systems. (AJS101)
  • Identify and describe the current issues and trends that are occurring in juvenile and adult criminal justice and corrections systems. (AJS101)
  • Trace the historical development of common law to modern American criminal law and describe the elements and classifications of crime. (AJS109)
  • Define the term evidence and describe the general rules governing admissibility of evidence, including the exceptions and privileges. (AJS101)
  • Trace the development of the U.S. Constitution and describe the constitutional guarantees and how they relate to the law enforcement function. (AJS101)
  • Identify the general areas covered in juvenile police work, to include delinquency causation, philosophical practice of the Juvenile Court, police handling of juveniles, detention and processing, case disposition, and major crime problems. (AJS101)
  • Define the term deviance, identify the theories of criminality, and describe the relationship between statistics and crime trends, the types of crime, and the viewpoint of the Criminal Justice System. (AJS225)
  • Identify and describe procedures and methods of operations of public police and explain the discretionary powers of the working police officer. (AJS230)
  • Examine community problems and community action programs, identifying methods of coping with human behavior, conflict, and ethnic and minority cultures and environments. (AJS230)
  • Describe the history and development of correctional theories and institutions. (AJS240)
  • Trace the adult justice system from initial entry by arrest or summons through the sentencing and appeals processes and describe the procedures utilized in Arizona. (AJS260)