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Criminal Justice - Corrections Option

Program Details

The Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice - Corrections Option at Mercer County Community College is ideal for those wishing to pursue a career in corrections as well as for those who wish to improve knowledge and skills in their field. The Criminal Justice program at MCCC focuses on philosophy and history of the criminal justice system, role of correction officers in America, rehabilitation and punishment, and traditional and new-age practices in correctional institutions.  Classes are available on campus during the daytime and in the evening. This degree program is able to be completed as a full-time or part-time student.

Additionally, graduates of the two-year Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice - Corrections Option are able to transfer to four year universities within the state of New Jersey. Universities that are partners to MCCC include, The College of New Jersey, Temple University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Fairleigh Dickinson, New Jersey City University, and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Program courses offered at MCCC include, Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, Introduction to Corrections, Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, English Composition, History of Western Civilization,Criminology, Introduction to Psychology, Juvenile Justice, Speech: Human Communication, Racial, Ethnic and Minority Groups, Concepts of Health and Fitness, Community Corrections, Computer Concepts with Applications and Political Science. In total, students will complete 62-63 credit hours of coursework in order to meet degree requirements.

Students wishing to gain admittance into  the  Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice program must hold a high school diploma. Students who are not native English speakers must pass a test of language proficiency before being admitted.

Recent graduates of the program have secured positions in county, state and federal correctional agencies. Additionally, MCCC graduates have gone on to pursue careers in criminology, law, and social welfare.


Students must hold a high school diploma.

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education