Corrections Degree Program

When people think of law enforcement or public safety, the image that usually comes to mind is the officer working a beat, responding to calls and making arrest. However, the management of criminals after their arrest is a major aspect of the criminal justice system and a growing population of criminals in the nation’s corrections facilities generates an ongoing need for law enforcement personnel charged with managing criminals in detention.

Corrections Officer Training and Courses

A degree in corrections can help prepare the individual to provide superior public safety by giving the individual the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the growing field of corrections. Courses include history of corrections, correctional methods, public safety and working with individuals in a correctional environment. Correctional degrees are also referred to as criminal justice degrees with a concentration in corrections. Individuals can obtain anywhere from an associate’s degree to a doctorate degree in criminal justice.

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Did you know? An estimated 12 million people each year1 are admitted and released at US jails. Although it is unfortunate that the number is so high, this means there is an ongoing demand for qualified correctional officers.

With increased crime, mandatory structured sentencing and growing inmate populations, corrections jobs remain in high demand. These jobs call for well educated, well trained individuals to meet the needs of the corrections industry. Additionally, command positions (sergeants, lieutenants, superintendents, etc.) often require a college degree. Depending on the level of degree sought, the program can be from 2 to 4 years.

Correctional Management Degree Requirements

Corrections degree program admission requirements include a desire to work in the corrections industry, a high school diploma or GED and good computer skills. Jobs are available in the private and public sectors with state and federal government employing the most correctional officers.

CJDS Fact According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, to be hired as an entry-level correctional officer at a federal prison, the Federal Bureau of Prisons requires a bachelor’s degree or higher or 3 years of relevant full-time experience.

Online Corrections Degree Info, Courses, and Criminal Justice Programs

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American InterContinental University Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Bachelor's - Corrections and Case Management

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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration/Human Services for Criminal Justice
  • B.S in Criminal Justice Administration/Cybercrimes

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Walden University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • B.S. in Human Services - Criminal Justice 
  • Ph.D. in Social Work - Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Crime and Criminals

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California University of Pennsylvania
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice
  • MA in Social Science (Applied Criminology)

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Capella University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • MS - Criminal Justice
  • PhD - Criminal Justice
  • BS - Criminal Justice

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Colorado Technical University Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Human Services
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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Keiser University Graduate School
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, MA (Online)


References:
1. John Jay College of Criminal Justice: http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/Final_Life_After_Lockup.pdf

Page Edited by Charles Sipe.