This program prepares you for a career in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. You may, after meeting civil service requirements, choose to enter law enforcement, investigation, crime prevention and corrections on the federal, state and local level. Opportunities for employment in private organizations are also available.

Some graduates continue their education in pursuit of bachelor's degree and beyond, while others enter the workforce immediately following completion of the program.

This program is offered through the Business and Criminal Justice Department. A Criminal Justice A.S. program also is available. Contact the department to speak with an advisor about which degree program is right for you.

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Criminal Justice AAS Degree Program

Criminal Justice AAS Degree Program

A program for those interested in federal, state or local law enforcement, investigation, crime prevention & corrections.
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Career and Transfer Opportunities

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Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2017): Probation Officer, $64,930; Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officer, $68,880; Corrections Officer, $52,330; Loss Prevention Specialist, $24,210; New York State Police Trooper, $70,652.

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Transfer institutions include UAlbany, The College of Saint Rose, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and SUNY Plattsburgh, which offers its Criminal Justice B.A. program on the Hudson Valley campus.

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Recent employers have included: Albany County Department of Social Services, NYS Attorney General, Colonie Police Department, Rensselaer County Sheriff, TSA and Vanderheyden Hall.

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“With his grades on the rise, he returned to the football field the following fall.”

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Ricky P. Thibodeau
Business and Criminal Justice DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.