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NECC Provides Great Educational Services to Those Seeking a Career in Public Service

Professor Paul Cavan talking to a classroom of energetic and interested Criminal Justice Associate Degree students.
If you are interested in a career serving the public in the criminal justice system, and want to save thousands of dollars on the cost of a bachelor’s degree, NECC’s Criminal Justice Associate Degree program is for you.

Why Choose NECC?

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NECC’s program has a broad academic orientation, exposing you to the U.S. court and corrections systems, law enforcement and security, and counter-terrorism – a career area that is growing rapidly. In this program you will:

  • Gain a solid understanding of the various aspects of the criminal justice system
  • Benefit from instruction in psychology, sociology, and criminology
  • Gain real-world experience through internships
  • Have access to robust student support services, student clubs, and extracurricular activities
  • Take advantage of MassTransfer Pathways and other transfer agreements and save thousands of dollars on your bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, behavioral sciences/psychology, or Humanities and Social Science or a related field

Because of NECC

You will acquire the broad knowledge necessary to successfully transfer to public or private four-year colleges and universities that offer a variety of degree options related to criminal justice fields. You will also be qualified to pursue entry-level private and government security positions. Many program alumni have worked in the field while they continued their education, ultimately going on to careers as:

  • Municipal police officers
  • State Troopers
  • Correction Officers
  • Federal Officers
  • Insurance Investigators
  • Private detectives
  • Probation offices and correctional treatment specialists
  • Court system employees

Top 10

Criminal Justice is one of NECC’s top ten largest programs


An internship in the Lawrence Probation Department confirmed that she had made the right career choice—“I loved it.”

Josiery Santos, Criminal Justice

Courses and Requirements


Program Pathway

A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree. View the suggested pathway for the Criminal Justice Associate Degree.

Career Paths & Job Market

Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

See the Department of Labor Statistics for more information on Criminal Justice opportunities.

Career Paths

Career Paths

Graduates of the Criminal Justice Program have found work as:

  • Municipal police officers
  • State Troopers
  • Correction Officers
  • Federal Officers
  • Insurance Investigators
  • Private detectives and investigators
  • Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
  • Court System employees

Courts, probation and most federal law enforcement positions usually require a bachelor’s degree. Some students have continued their education in Paralegal Studies and Law, as well.

Transferring to a 4 year College or University

Transferring to a 4 year College or University

Approximately 75% of NECC’s Criminal Justice graduates transfer to four-year colleges or universities for bachelor’s degrees. The largest percentile of transfer students continue their education at the following institutions:


Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator

Paul Cavan


Faculty Contact Information

Faculty Contact Information

Paul Cavan, Program Coordinator

Scott Joubert

Adjunct Faculty Contact Information

Adjunct Faculty Contact Information

Kevin Donovan

Ken Leone

Derek Licata

Paul Zipper

Additional Information

Student Learning Outcomes - Criminal Justice Associate Degree

Student Learning Outcomes – Criminal Justice Associate Degree

  • Develop a working knowledge of criminal justice content domains, including law enforcement, courts, and corrections.
  • Integrate the three main components of the criminal justice system– law enforcement, courts, and corrections.
  • Critique ethical standards and best practices to all criminal justice activities.
  • Reflect on the contemporary challenges in the criminal justice profession.
  • Justify the forensic and scientific technologies as they are applied to criminal investigations, evidence collection and examination, and information data systems.
  • Assess the causes and societal consequences of crime, as well as effective preventative and rehabilitative responses to it.
  • Demonstrate communication skills effectively and confidently in a variety of formats.
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