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Criminal Justice Degree Program

Associate of Science Degree

Earning your Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice through MacCormac College is a smart move that can position you for a long and successful future working in a number of exciting careers. When you are looking for a criminal justice school in the Chicago area, you have options. That’s why it is important to fully understand what any program you are considering encompasses and what your potential future career options would be as a graduate of the program.

Why Consider a MacCormac College Criminal Justice Associate’s Degree?

In this two-year program, criminal justice students cover a broad and engaging curriculum, and will gain hands-on knowledge about crime, the law and the U.S. criminal justice framework. Our instructors have real-world experience in the subjects they teach, so you can be confident you’re learning the information you’ll need to give you a solid start in your new career.

Many of MacCormac College’s alumni choose to continue their education by earning bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges and universities. If you want to work in the criminal justice field, chances are your employer will require some college education as a condition of employment. Earning your degree through MacCormac College satisfies that requirement while providing you with practical, useful information.

What You Can Accomplish With a Criminal Justice Degree from MacCormac College

When you graduate with a Criminal Justice associate’s degree from MacCormac College, you will have a range of job opportunities available to you. Many people who pursue criminal justice programs choose to work in law enforcement as police officers, serving a vital role in helping prevent crime.

Others choose to work as private investigators, probation officers, security guards, corrections officers in our nation’s prison system, fraud investigators, and related jobs. Still, other students decide to continue their education by pursuing additional degrees. Whatever career path you decide to take, you can be confident that your MacCormac College education will have provided you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Favorable Employment Outlook and Attractive Salaries

While the job market in any industry can fluctuate, people earning Criminal Justice degrees can generally expect a favorable employment outlook. There will always be a need for qualified, dedicated and educated criminal justice professionals who can protect and serve our communities.

Of course, potential future compensation is an important consideration when choosing a degree program. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean salary for police officers and detectives in Illinois was $90,890, above the national median pay in 2017 of $62,960/year.

Criminal Justice Degree Program Goals

At MacCormac College, we believe it is important to earn your academic degree. However, we also know, to be most effective, your education should not be limited to classroom lectures. That’s why we combine our Criminal Justice classes with internship opportunities. Through the hands-on learning gained as interns, our students are exposed to real-life situations and experiences, and have opportunities to apply what they’ve learned.

Our Criminal Justice associate’s degree program goals are to:

  • Admit, retain and educate students who are ready and committed to take a rigorous but rewarding journey to become criminal justice professionals.
  • Continuously monitor, recruit, select and retain faculty members who embrace a student-centered approach to teaching and who are committed to providing the hands-on, skills-based education we believe every Criminal Justice associate’s degree program candidate deserves.
  • Encourage our student body to participate in internships, externships, networking events and volunteer opportunities both on campus and in the greater Chicago area.
  • Regularly review our Criminal Justice program curriculum and adjust as needed to ensure it reflects the latest changes in the criminal justice system. This helps ensure our students are as prepared as they can be to successfully enter the job market and participate fully in their post-graduation careers.

What You Can Expect From MacCormac College’s Criminal Justice Coursework

When you enroll in the Criminal Justice associate’s degree program at MacCormac College, you will be joining other motivated students who want to learn about criminal justice and the law. By the time you earn your degree, we expect that you will be able to:

  • Understand how constitutional law, criminal law and procedural law applies to the criminal justice system.
  • Apply forensic methods to analyze evidence, seeking to determine its significance, origin and relevance.
  • Demonstrate your knowledge and competence in a variety of subjects, including criminal justice administration, criminal justice theory and its practical applications, policy formation, and the infrastructure that makes up our criminal justice system.
  • Know how to identify and address potential ethical pitfalls that can arise in criminal justice scenarios.
  • Understand how corrections, parole and probation are interrelated, and be able to comprehend and articulate societal goals for the criminal justice framework in this country.

To learn more about the Criminal Justice degree program, including required major courses and general education courses, view the program outline here.

In general, you can expect to take coursework about forensics, corrections, police procedures, criminology and more.

Where Are MacCormac College Criminal Justice Program Graduates Today?

MacCormac College graduates are highly sought after. Many of our graduates are successfully employed in criminal justice jobs in the Chicago area, greater Illinois and across the country. We also understand that many students who earn their associate’s degrees through MacCormac College want to continue their educations — and earn bachelor’s degrees and sometimes master’s degrees.

We have established articulation agreements with many well-known four-year institutions in the greater Chicago area including DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Columbia College, and many more. See the full list here.

In some cases, students can pursue advanced degrees through dual enrollment programs. In other cases, they can transfer their MacCormac College credits to the new institution.

Program Vision and Mission

MacCormac College seeks to provide every Criminal Justice degree program student with the information, tools and resources necessary to help them obtain employment in the criminal justice field, which may include jobs in law enforcement, corrections, private security, juvenile justice, probation and parole.

We know that our programs are only as good as our students. We aim to be recognized for our outstanding graduates — graduates who feel they learned the skills needed to be successful in their chosen careers.

Accreditation

MacCormac College is proud to be fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.