The Criminal Justice associate in applied science degree prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the criminal justice field or for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program. The program is designed for students who want a foundation for careers in law enforcement. Degree-specific skills include basic tactical patrol skills, fitness for law enforcement duty, communication/de-escalation, crime scene processing, and defense tactics.
Complete your degree on campus, or choose a 100% online option.
With the 100 percent online Criminal Justice program, earn a high-quality college degree while balancing your professional and personal life. Your classroom is wherever you are. Online students enjoy our full support, with access to online tutoring, research help, advising, and financial aid.
GRADUATES MAY PURSUE CAREERS AS:
- Criminal Investigators
- Correctional Officers
- Forensic Science Technicians
- Protective Service Workers
- TSA Agents
- Security Systems Personnel
- Homeland Security Officers
- Entry Level Administrative Positions
- Transportation Security Officers
- Reserve Officers
- Safety Officers
- Intake Worker Positions
- Jail Transport Officers
All students taking Criminal Justice courses will be subject to a criminal background check. While a criminal conviction does not automatically prevent one from being accepted into the program, an applicant will be denied acceptance if s/he has a “disqualifying conviction” or committed “disqualifying conduct” as defined by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Such convictions or conduct prohibit a person from being certified / licensed as a police officer in the State of Maine.