The Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice targets professionals in the protective services and security industries as well as persons interested in careers in these areas. The aim of the programme is to enhance students’ knowledge, understanding and competence to confront the complex challenges encountered by professionals in crime, justice and public safety contexts. All credits earned in this programme will transfer to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A and mathematics, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.
Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond.
Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).

*Applicants aged 25 and over who do not meet minimum entry requirements, but possess relevant work experience within the field of criminal justice may be considered for mature entry.



    Contact Admissions

    2 Years (FT)
    3 Years (PT)

    City / South



    CORR 210 Probation and Parole 3 WRIT 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    CRIM 125 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 LIBS 130 Fundamentals of Research Skills 3
    CRIM 160 Foundations of Criminal Justice Research 3 COMM 118 Communication in the Workplace 3
    CRIM 200 Victimology 3 MATH 116 Contemporary College Math 3
    CRIM 230 Criminology 3 SOCI 102 Introduction to the Study of Society 3
    CRIM 240 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3 PSYC 103 Understanding Human Behavior and Diversity 3
    LAWW 130 Caribbean Legal Systems 3 STAT 120 Fundamentals of Statistics 3
    LAWW 135 Constitutional Law 3 Total Core Curriculum Credits 21
    Total Credits in Major Area of Study 27 Choose one (1) of the two courses listed below
    ELECTIVE COURSES IN THE MAJOR CORR 127 Introduction to Corrections 3
    Choose at least two (2) of the courses listed below POLC 127 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
    CORR 220 Restorative Justice Total Guided Electives Courses 3
    CRIM 135 Introduction to Forensics GENERAL ELECTIVE
    POLC 210 Crime Mapping  3 Any   three  (3) credits course from the College
    CORR 220 Police and Community Relations  3 Total General Electives Credits 3
    POLC 220 Comparative Policing 3 SUPPORT COURSES
    Total Major Electives Courses 6 SOWK 116 Introduction to Social Work 3
    Total Support Courses Credits 3

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

    To be awarded the Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice, students must successfully complete 63 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

    Courses in the major area of study 27 credits
    Elective courses in the major area of study 6 credits
    Guided electives in the major area of study   3 credits
    Total credits in the major area of study 36 credits
    Core curriculum courses 21 credits
    General Elective courses 3 credits
    Support courses 3 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation 63 credits

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