Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to complete the Criminal Justice program and earn a degree?

The Criminal Justice programs include a traditional, two-year associate’s degree and a one-year degree.

What format do the courses follow?

In the two-year degree program, you have the option of taking traditional, seated courses (limited); hybrid courses (a combination of seated and online instruction); or online courses.

The one-year degree program is a hybrid: Students meet on Fridays from 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for four eight-week mini-semesters; the remaining class time is online.

How do I know what course to take?

Once you have completed the Wake Tech admission process, you can meet with the Criminal Justice Department Head ([email protected] or 919-866-5169) or another advisor at the Public Safety Education Campus.

When and where are the classes taught?

We follow a traditional fall/spring semester schedule. A limited number of classes are offered in the summer.

All Criminal Justice program classes (including general education) are taught at the Public Safety Education Campus, 321 Chapanoke Road, Raleigh NC, 27603.

How do I apply?

Visit and click on Become a Student.         

What is “life experience” credit?

If you are a sworn police officer, you can receive up to 19 semester credit hours toward your Criminal Justice degree.

What are my options once I have completed the two-year degree program?

You can transfer to a four-year institution to continue your education, via articulation agreements between Wake Tech and other colleges and universities. The Department Head will discuss these options with you before your graduate.