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If you are a current law enforcement practitioner in the public or private sectors and would like to earn your Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, this Criminal Justice: Private and Public Safety program is for you.

Why Choose NECC?

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This program was designed to meet specific needs of those currently working in law enforcement. With this Accelerated Criminal Justice: Private and Public Safety Degree you can:

  • Receive consideration of college credit for relevant criminal justice or military training, which can reduce the completion time needed for the degree.
  • Take Challenge Exams that enable you to test out of courses, reducing degree completion time
  • Take advantage of Competency Based Courses that enable you to accelerate through material you know already and spend more time with material that is new and/or challenging to you
  • Gain real-world experience through internships
  • Take advantage of MassTransfer Pathways and other transfer agreements and save thousands of dollars on your bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, or a related field

Because of NECC

You will improve critical thinking and decision-making skills that will positively impact your job performance while achieving an important educational goal that will positively impact your self worth. You will also reap significant short- and long-term financial benefits including:

  • Increased likelihood of earning pay incentives that are tied to education at many law enforcement agencies
  • Increased likelihood of receiving promotions to positions that require a college degree
  • Expanded employment opportunities outside of law enforcement
  • Improved potential to increase your monetary benefits when you retire


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: Private and Public Safety 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

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