Associate Degree, Police

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Criminal Justice Degrees

I want an associate's degree, and to become a police officer

Follow the courses listed for the Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences degree.

After  you have completed the Freshman year courses you will be screened to the state standards.  If you pass the screening process you can enroll in the Sophomore year (academy) courses.


  • If you have a felony conviction or a domestic violence conviction you cannot work as a police officer in Michigan.

  • Any background issues can make it difficult to obtain employment after the academy.  If you have misdemeanor convictions, traffic tickets or credit trouble you could pass the academy screening but have difficulty in the job market when you are competing with candidates who do not have those background issues.

  • Police departments cite communication skills as the top requirement for police officers.  This includes speaking to a wide variety of people and extensive writing.  If your writing or speaking skills are poor -- or if you just don't like to write or talk to people -- you should choose another field.