Students in this program are prepared for careers in law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, and private security. Coursework in the operations of the criminal justice system is blended with upper-level courses in criminology, criminal investigation, police functions, and several human relations courses. This degree can be coupled with the Municipal Police Training Academy and after successful completion, students will meet the requirements to become a municipal police officer in Pennsylvania.
Criminal justice is a wide field that includes many different types of work requiring a variety of skills. Many of these careers are available on the local, state and federal level. Possible careers include:
This associate degree program is designed to offer a smooth transition into a bachelor’s degree at Mercyhurst’s Erie campus. Credits should also transfer to other four-year institutions. Visit our Internal Transfer webpage to learn more about pursuing your bachelor’s degree at Mercyhurst's Erie Campus and potentially qualifying for $18,000 in transfer scholarships!
According to the U.S. Department of Labor and Industry, a more security-conscious society and concern about drug-related crimes should contribute to the increasing demand for criminal justice services.