Criminal Justice

You’re motivated and you enjoy working with others. Your critical thinking and problem solving skills are an asset. You want to put your hard work into a career that makes a difference in people’s lives.

Now you can combine your skills and your passion in a career that’s exciting, rewarding and fulfilling.

Start right away at Middlesex Community College with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice that will give you a competitive edge for your future employment in a wide range of jobs, including law enforcement, bailiff, coast guard, court clerk, customs agent, probation officer and many others!

Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Program

Students interested in careers in law enforcement, corrections, security and the court system should consider this program. The Associate Degree in Criminal Justice will allow students to pursue careers immediately upon completion or transfer to a four-year institution. The exciting blend of coursework examines police science, law, judicial studies and corrections.

Academic Requirements

The Associate Degree in Criminal Justice program at Middlesex Community College typically takes just two years to complete. Students are prepared for careers with valuable skills in a variety of areas, such as composition, public speaking, government, forensic science – and much more.

The program curriculum is designed to help students prepare for immediate entry into the workforce upon graduation, or for continued studies in a bachelor’s degree program after Middlesex.

Degree Requirements

Jobs You Can Get With a Criminal Justice Degree:

This degree prepares students to seek a variety of jobs within the field of criminal justice jobs. While there are many opportunities available for those without an advanced degree, competition is strong and students are encouraged to pursue further education.

Most criminal justice jobs at a federal or state level require 4-year degrees (Public Administration, Social work).

Some of the many jobs in the criminal justice field include:


How Long Will You Have to go to School?

The Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Middlesex Community College takes most students about two years to complete. Individual progress may affect the time it takes for degree completion.

Middlesex Community College is proud to offer an articulation agreement with the University of New Haven and Charter Oak State College. Credits from the criminal justice program at MxCC will transfer easily to the criminal justice programs at these schools. Many students who continue on to pursue a four-year degree choose to study other aspects of criminal justice, such as forensics.

Students interested in studying forensic science should discuss this option with the program coordinator (see below).


Job Availability & Growth:

Police and correction officers will always be needed. Being a challenging and well-paying field, there are often many more qualified applicants than available jobs. Education will help make a candidate more desirable to employers.

Salaries can vary greatly by the area you’re working in.


Downloadable Program Forms & Documents

Criminal Justice Degree Graduation Checklist


For more information, contact:

Rebecca Rist-Brown

Associate Professor & Program Coordinator, Criminal Justice & Criminology Studies
Phone: 860-343-5849
Office Location: Snow Hall, Room 508
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


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