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Criminal Justice


The criminal justice program offers a challenging academic environment supported by highly committed faculty with practical experience in the field. The program includes a broad range of course options in policing, the courts, corrections, criminological theory, and criminal law.

The curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in the criminal justice system and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. A strong academic core forms the basis of a liberal arts education and, combined with specialized career courses, offers the graduate the alternatives of entering the field or continuing in an institution of higher learning. The curriculum is offered for those employed in the criminal justice field, as well as high school graduates pursuing careers in local, state, federal or private agencies in the field. Depending on career goals and interests, students are encouraged to seek assistance from criminal justice faculty in making course selections.

Program Ranked One of the Best
In 2022, MC's program has been ranked one of the Best Online Criminal Justice Associate Degree Programsnew window by STEPS (Student Training & Education in Public Service).
Available Fully Online
Complete this degree or certificate on your schedule, from anywhere with an internet connection, by taking all your classes online. Find out more about online learning.

Criminal Justice Degrees

Learn more about program outcomes, required courses, transfer opportunities, and career information.

Associate of Applied Science
Associate of Arts

Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

If your plan is to transfer to the University of Maryland, College Park (Main Campus or Shady Grove), or any another four-year university to major in Criminal Justice, the Associate of Arts in General Studies - SSAH (Social Sciences, Administration and Health) transfer degree may be the better way to align your courses to requirements of a four- year school.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.

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Erwin H., Criminal Justice