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Criminal Justice: Private & Public Safety Associate Degree (Accelerated)


MassTransfer approved program.

Program Overview

The accelerated criminal justice associate degree track at Northern Essex Community College (NECC) is designed for law enforcement practitioners, in both the public and private sectors, who would like to complete or start an associate level program.

With NECC’s Accelerated Criminal Justice Degree you can:

  • Expedite the completion time to finish your associate degree, often in less than two years!
  • Receive consideration of college credit for relevant criminal justice or military training, reducing your time needed to complete your degree.
  • Take Challenge Exams that permit you to test out of courses.
  • Complete classes more quickly and at your own pace with Competency Based Courses.
  • Transfer your credits seamlessly to many four-year colleges and universities with NECC’s MassTransfer program.

Benefits of a college degree for professionals in the law enforcement field include:

  • Improved prospect of receiving a pay incentive for your college degree from your agency (Are you “leaving money on the table?”)
  • Increased potential for organizational advancement.
  • Expanded employment opportunities after leaving your law enforcement career.
  • Improved potential of receiving higher monetary retirement benefits from your agency for employees with college degrees.
  • Reinforced sense of accomplishment and achievement.
  • Enhanced critical thinking skills to improve workplace performance.

The Accelerated Associate Degree in Criminal justice will begin in fall 2016. The classes are intended to be offered primarily online. For agencies that have a cohort of employees, onsite classes may be offered.

Additional Opportunities

As a student in this program, you will participate in an internship where you will gain real world
experience at an agency or participate in an independent research project analyzing a current issue in criminal justice. These opportunities allow you to experience the criminal justice profession first-hand, and give you the opportunity to grow as a person and a professional.

Getting Started

Ready to get started? It’s easy! Northern Essex has an open admissions policy, which means that if you have a high school diploma or GED/HiSet or other state-approved equivalency credential, you are eligible to enroll at NECC. Just fill out an application, attend an orientation/assessment session, and then register for classes.

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