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.

Learn more about the degrees and certificates in this area of study.

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 Criminology Studies Transfer Ticket degree pathway program is a good choice. By entering this program, students are able to start their coursework and take advantage of its high-quality instruction and more affordable community college tuition and fees. Upon completion of the CSCU Pathway Transfer: Criminology Studies 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, Manchester 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 courses transfer to other institutions. More information on the transfer options available 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.

Career Information

Learn about a career in Criminal Justice.


Kathryn Kleis,  Department Chair, 860-512-2795