Criminal Justice

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Criminal Justice Program to encourage a lifelong desire for learning and a quest for knowledge by providing an environment that fosters academic excellence and unrestrained inquiry.  We encourage the development of ethics and values that recognize knowledge in all its diverse and creative forms.  The Criminal Justice program will provide students with a comprehensive practical knowledge of the Criminal Justice System, consisting of law enforcement, courts and corrections.

Criminal Justice Degrees

Everett Community College, a leader in criminal justice education for more than 30 years, offers two degree options for students interested in criminal justice careers.

Why earn a college degree?

To apply for employment, many agencies now require:

-90 credits toward a criminal justice or related degree, or
-Two year degree in a criminal justice program, or
-Two year degree in a related field of study.
-Major federal agencies require a bachelor's degree

Promotional opportunities increase
Accelerated pay schedule

Associate in Applied Science - Transfer

This degree is designed to transfer specifically to Central Washington University's Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Administrative Management or Information Technology.
The Associate in Applied Science is considered a technical degree and prepares the qualified student for more immediate employment in the criminal justice field with the opportunity for transfer to a Bachelor's program.
Students should meet with a Criminal Justice Program advisor and maintain their Associate in Applied Sciences curriculum guide. Acrobat PDF Reader Icon

Associate in Arts and Sciences - Direct Transfer

The Associate in Arts and Sciences Direct Transfer degree is a general education degree with an emphasis in Criminal Justice, and transfers directly to most universities. NOTE: Though courses in a foreign language are not required for the EvCC Direct Transfer degree, some universities may require two or three quarters of foreign language for admission or graduation.
Students should meet with a Criminal Justice Program advisor and maintain their Associate in Arts and Sciences curriculum guide. Acrobat PDF Reader Icon

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the process of awarding college credit for learning that has taken place away from the college classroom. Everett Community College's Criminal Justice Program has entered into an agreement with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission to allow 20 college level credits for successful completion of the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy. These 20 credits will be applied to specific courses in EvCC's Associate of Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T) degree curriculum.
How to Apply:  Scan and email a copy of your BLEA certificate to John Stewart at

Begin planning now for your career in Criminal Justice.  At EvCC, both online and hybrid courses of study are available.  Invest the time while you are continuing your military service to prepare for the next step in a rewarding and exciting career.  Utilize your Veterans Benefits now to prepare for a career in Criminal Justice.