Earn an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice at No Cost, and in Just One Year at Olive-Harvey College


The “1 Year and Out” City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) Criminal Justice program offers Chicago residents the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Criminal Justice at no cost and in as little as 12 months.

“We are incredibly grateful to offer this high value degree in Criminal Justice to Chicagoans,” said City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado. “We hope this no cost pathway will encourage many people to pursue their career goals in this growing  profession. This degree is sure to open many doors that lead to great job opportunities.”

The Criminal Justice degree program is offered at Olive-Harvey College this Fall (2022). It is a 60-credit hour program that places a high emphasis on: Ethics, Diversity, Inclusion, Critical Thinking and the historical significance of all people groups. Classes will be a mix of in-person and on-line. All classes will be three (3) credit hours and each term will be eight weeks. Students can earn 48 credit hours over four (4), eight-week periods and 12 credit hours in the summer.  Student must test into English 101 for admission into pathway.

Olive-Harvey College will offer additional support with:

  • Laptops and book vouchers
  • Assistance on police exams and power tests

“This is a great career pathway and I am thrilled that Olive-Harvey can offer this and with excellence, and at no cost to our community,” said Dr. Kimberly Hollingsworth, President of Olive-Harvey College. “Olive-Harvey has much to offer and prepares all of its students to meet the needs of growing industry, but more important, to meet the goals of our students.”

The list of possible jobs you can attain with a Criminal Justice degree include Air Marshal, Forensic Science Technician, Fraud Investigator, State Trooper, Crime Scene Investigator, Computer Forensics Specialists, US Postal Inspector, Victims Advocate, Police Dispatcher, and more.

For more information and assistance, call 773-College, or email: OHC-CrimJustice@ccc.edu with questions. You can also stop by campus anytime to ask questions or start your application. Apply today, click here.