Criminal Justice

Welcome! The various degree and certificate programs offered in the Criminal Justice Department provide students with opportunities to explore the different fields within criminal justice, acquire solid academic credentials and gain practical hands-on experience and additional skills to advance a career. The program includes specialized courses in profiling offenders, law enforcement initiatives and the legal implications of modern day policing. Courses are taught by faculty members who have had training and experience working in the criminal justice field.

Video Transcript

CSI crime scene investigator. Law & Order. NYPD Blue. You’ve seen the shows, how would you like to be one of the people who do the crime scene investigation or maybe even the analysis of the evidence in the forensic lab or tracking down that bad suspect? Maybe you’d rather work in the corrections field or the Department of Children and Family Services. How about the department of Homeland Security? If one of these areas interests you then maybe the criminal justice program at MCC is for you.

This program prepares students for employment in the criminal justice field in both public and private agencies.

The Associate’s Degree curriculum consists of relevant and hands-on criminal justice courses supported by a strong social sciences and liberal arts foundation.

Students may choose to complement their program of study by selecting electives in the area of law enforcement, corrections, administration and forensic science or Homeland Security. Students may also choose to pursue a concentration in law enforcement Corrections forensic science or Homeland Security and this
concentration will provide the student with an opportunity to earn a certificate which offers a way to boost career opportunities and mobility for criminal justice officials.

All classes are offered both days and evenings.

MCC also offers a pre-service correction certificate that helps prepare students for entry into State of Connecticut Department of Corrections as a correctional trainee. Program graduates, in addition to receiving a certificate for their college study, are also granted a waiver for the Department of Corrections written entrance examination.

Why criminal justice at MCC? Well, MCC offers classes taught by experienced faculty with real-life experience in education in a variety of areas within the field of criminal justice. Classes are supplemented with hands-on exercises, guest lectures from the field and mock scenarios all of which helps the student understand the material and the lessons from a real world perspective.

Tom Martin, detective in South Windsor: “If you’re fortunate enough to be selected as a police officer you’ll have the opportunity to have some diversification in what you do on a day to day basis. Patrol, which is where you’ll start out, is only one function of being a police officer. Usually there’s room for advancement in criminal investigations, in my case in the traffic unit.

These motorcycles are used to assist traffic enforcement. We participate in a regional traffic enforcement squad called Metro Traffic Services. It combines resources from East Hartford, Manchester, South Windsor, Vernon, Windsor, East Windsor and Coventry and together we participate in traffic enforcement initiatives, DUI spot checks, seatbelt safety checks. The motorcycles are just another tool to assist us in traffic enforcement we can get to places where police cruisers can’t.”

Sergeant Hank Minor of the Manchester PD K-9 Unit: “As a police k-9 handler primary responsibility is the support of a patrol officer on the street. We’re trained and certified in patrol utility functions which is the apprehending of suspects, area searches, building searches, evidence recovery, tracking and most importantly narcotic detection. We’re trained to sniff out marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin.”

Graduates of criminal justice program have found work in a variety of public and private agencies including state and municipal police departments, Department of Corrections, State Police forensic lab, Department of Children and Family Services border patrol indication, Connecticut probation and parole, urban search and rescue underneath homeland security and other federal criminal justice agencies.

0CC’s criminal justice program has a strong relationship with many local and state agencies as well as colleges and universities in Connecticut and throughout the region.

Students who have completed the criminal justice associates degree requirements have transferred successfully to such schools as Boston college, Boston University, Connecticut State Universities, Michigan State University, Northeastern University, Springfield College in Massachusetts, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts, Western New England, and Yale University just to name a few.

Former MCC student speaking: “After graduating from UConn with a business degree I decided to come back to MCC in the criminal justice program where I participated in a lot of great activities and am now in my last year of law school at University of Connecticut’s School of Law and actually running for State Representative in South Windsor.”

Students in MCC’s criminal justice program have the unique opportunity to experience both the academic and practical side of criminal justice field providing graduates with the solid educational foundations needed to pursue their academic and career goals.

So if you have an interest in the criminal justice program and in criminal justice then MCC is the place for you.

For students who plan to transfer to complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice or criminology at one of the four Connecticut state universities or Charter Oak State College, enrolling in the college’s Criminology Studies Transfer Ticket degree pathway program is a good choice. By entering this program, students are able to start their coursework at MCC and take advantage of its high-quality instruction and more affordable community college tuition and fees. Upon completion of the Criminology Studies: CSCU Pathway Transfer, A.A. associate degree, students are guaranteed full junior status and can complete a bachelor’s degree in their major without losing any credits or being required to take extra credits or incur additional expenses.

In addition, MCC has developed excellent relationships with colleges and universities in Connecticut and the Northeast outside of the CSCU system to ensure that our students are able to transfer the maximum number of credits toward their degree. Students who are planning to transfer are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors or department chairs to discuss how MCC courses transfer to other institutions. More information on the transfer options available at MCC can be found in the Transfer Services portion of the website. For students who wish to quickly enter the job market or enhance their skills, certificate programs of a shorter duration are offered.

Degree Programs – View the Program Curriculum

Certificate Programs – View the Program Curriculum

Career Information

Learn about a career in Criminal Justice.


Kathryn Kleis-Carbone,  Department Chair, 860-512-2795