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Administration of Justice

Create Your Success Story in Administration of Justice

Serve your community and become an agent of justice through Compton College's Administration of Justice Program. The Administration of Justice program provides students with the ability to apply principles of the justice system, constitutional and procedural considerations affecting arrest, search and seizure, human relations, and concepts of criminal law as well as demonstrate proficiency in report writing and record keeping.

Students will have the criminal justice skills and knowledge to transfer to an advanced program or enter the field for on-the-job training. Courses include General Psychology, Criminal Procedures, Forensic Crime Scene Investigation, Legal Aspects of Evidence, and more.

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How can I apply?

Becoming a Compton College student starts by filling out a free online application. After that, there are a few simple steps to follow before it's time to enroll in classes. Click to get started today.

What are the steps to enrollment?

Click here for all the details you need to understand the process from application to graduation, but here's a brief summary of the steps to become a Compton College student.

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Explore your financial aid options
  3. Complete your online orientation
  4. Work with a counselor to create your educational plan
  5. Register for classes

Need more help? Click here for our virtual program guides.

What degrees and certificates are offered?

Associate in Science for Transfer

  • The Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students will need to complete their General Education as well as 18-19 Administration of Justice units to earn the AS-T.

Certificate of Achievement

  • Compton College offers one Certificate of Achievement for students in the Administration of Justice program:
    • Administration of Justice (21 units)

View the Certificate of Achievement or the Associate in Science for Transfer program maps for more details on a pathway to completion.

How much does this program cost?

The program cost is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. For example, unit fees for a 15-unit certificate would be $690, ranging up to the 60-unit associate degree, which would be $2,760. Most students qualify for financial aid or for the Compton College Promise Program.

How long is the program?

Program length varies depending on whether you are pursuing an associate degree or certificate and how many classes you are able to take each semester.

View the Certificate of Achievement or the Associate in Science for Transfer program maps for more details on a pathway to completion.

What types of jobs are available once I earn a degree or certificate?

  • Police Officer
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Sheriff Patrol Officer
  • Homeland Security Officer
  • Private Security Guard
  • Crime Scene Investigator
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What is the salary range for jobs in this field?

The median salary for a peace officer in California is $112,112 and goes up based on the role and experience. Among peace officers nationally, the lowest 10 percent earned less than $39,130, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $113,860.

Are there internships and/or work experience available?

Cooperative Work Experience (CWEE) is designed to provide Compton College students with workplace experience and enhanced skills. We invite you to learn more about the work experience process with us by visiting the CWEE website.

Why choose Compton College?

Compton College is a great value for students looking to make a change or enhance their career and get experience for in-demand, high-paying jobs. Our diverse programs, affordable fees, and outstanding student services are here to support your career goals. Administration of Justice is just one of many career paths we offer and trains students based on California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) criteria to ensure industry success.

Can I transfer to a university after earning a degree?

Upon completing Compton College's Administration of Justice Program, students can use their certificate and/or degree to work immediately or complete additional general education and major preparation coursework for transfer to a university.

What else do I need to know?

At least 50% of the major requirements for the associate degree must be completed at Compton College.

Who are the program contacts?

Chabree Thompson
Student Services Advisor
Health and Public Services
Office: Welcome Center D-26

"Administration of justice degree recipients are ready to pursue a number of law enforcement careers. They're especially prepared to enter positions that make use of their extensive understanding of operations and ethics in various law enforcement entities."
Donald Mason, Compton College Administration of Justice Instructor


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