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About our Criminal Justice
Associate Degree

The Criminal Justice program provides students with the skills and abilities they need to succeed in dynamic and rewarding criminal justice careers.

Students will find career opportunities in law enforcement, forensics, corrections, probation/parole, private security and investigations, and juvenile and adult protective services. The professional expertise of the faculty provides an important blending of academic accomplishment and practical experience.

Students benefit from their professors’ real-world expertise in police patrol, investigations, evidence technology/forensics, crime scene reconstruction, drug and selective enforcement, supervision, management/leadership, corrections and criminal prosecution. Career guidance and networking opportunities with criminal justice agencies and practitioners further enhance students’ academic preparation and career success.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Apply substantive criminal law and the law of criminal procedure as used by practitioners in the criminal justice field.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of substantive and procedural due process as it relates to the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how practitioners in the criminal justice field use science and technology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the predominant theories of criminal behavior.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the organizational structure, operation and philosophy of the police, courts and corrections of our criminal justice system.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Police Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Legal Assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Private Investigator
  • Probation Officer

Continue Your Education

SMCC graduates have used our transfer agreements to continue their education at:

  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Maine College of Art
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Saint Joseph’s College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Thomas College
  • University of Maine
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Wellesley College

To view our seamless transfer agreements, visit our Transfer webpage.

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Contact Us:

Admissions: 207-741-5800 or admissions@smccME.edu 

Department Chair: Tom Joyce, 207-741-5551 or tjoyce@smccME.edu

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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