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Maine Criminal Justice Schools

  • 6 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Maine are in our database. (see below)
  • 1 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 5 of them offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 1 offer a mix of bachelor’s and master’s
  • We found no schools in Maine ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program
  • According to Kiplinger’s, Maine has no universities ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in Maine are available for requesting information.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools in Maine

University of Southern Maine: The Criminology Department at the University of Southern Maine offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Minor in Criminology. The faculty all have extensive professional experience in the areas of gender, comparative analysis, and criminological theory and have conducted field research in the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Yugoslavia. The school has a long-standing internship program through which students are guided through by the internship coordinator. Required courses include Introduction to Criminology, White-Collar Crime, and Criminological Theory, while elective courses cover everything from Comparative Criminology to The Death Penalty. Students that are interested in a law focus can take advantage of the Volunteer Lawyers Project Internship in which they assist with courthouse operations and review case files.

Maine Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 1,110 $33,700
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 330 $61,740
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 550 $65,710
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 2,050 $42,630

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

Police Quote: “Continue your education and the development of you police skills. Be open and flexible, think and grow. Develop a life and friends outside of police – it will keep you sane. I would also add what my first training officer told me: ‘Remember, Couper, everything that was illegal and wrong before you put on a badge will still be illegal and wrong.’ -Chief David Couper

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in Maine

  • Senator Olympia Snowe – University of Maine, Orono, ME
  • Maine Supreme Court Chief Justice, Leigh Saufley – University of Maine, Orono, ME
  • Former Governor of Maine, John Baldacci – University of Maine, Orono, ME
  • Maine House of Representatives Minority Leader, Emily Cain – University of Maine, Orono, ME

Maine Criminal Justice Degrees

Although Maine has no federal correctional institutions, it does have both a large border with Canada as well as a large coastline and a number of airports. Because of this, positions are frequently available with Federal agencies such as the Transportation Security Administration, Border Patrol and INS. In addition to Federal positions, private industry has a need for positions in fields such as insurance fraud investigation and paralegal.

The state of Maine is also seeking qualified individuals for criminal justice positions. The Maine State Police offers a $0.31 per hour 1 stipend for bachelor’s degree holders which is in addition to generous benefits as well as a base salary of $36,753.60 per year.1 Maine’s award-winning Department of Corrections is currently recruiting for a number of positions, including correctional officers.

City police work is also available in the state of Maine such as in Bangor, Maine. Applicants with the Bangor Police are required to have earned either a two-year criminal justice degree or a four-year degree in any field. Portland offers a base salary of $35,797 2 in the first year, coupled with generous benefits, and will waive their experience requirement for individuals with college coursework completed. The average annual salary for patrol and police officers working in Maine is $39,910.3

Given Maine’s non-centralized population some students will find it difficult to take advantage of the myriad of classroom-based criminal justice programs in the state. Fortunately, a number of internet based degree providers serve Maine’s students. These online schools offer criminal justice programs at all levels which can be completed entirely through the internet, making it possible for rural students to earn their degrees.

Maine’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook 4,5,6,7

As of September 2014, the unemployment rate for Maine, is 5.8%, which is identical to the national average. The state experienced an unemployment high in March 2010, with a rate of 8.4%, and a low of 4.7% in March of 2008. In Maine, government-related employment is a good indicator of jobs in the criminal justice field. Projection Central includes the following criminal justice jobs:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 70 annual openings/88% in positions report some college or bachelor’s degree
  • Correctional Officers: 30 annual openings/60% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 10 annual openings
  • Security Guards: 60 annual openings
  • Paralegals: 30 annual openings/88% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree

Note that these openings are a result of growth and replacement.

The Mercatus Center is a conservative think tank that analyzed and rated each state government’s long-term solvency. After an analysis of the state budgeting, cash/tax collection process, and pensions, Maine was ranked 13th in the nation. This is a good indication that Maine will likely fulfill the obligation of paying employee pensions.

Online and Maine Criminal Justice Schools

To earn a criminal justice degree in Maine, we recommend the following accredited campus-based and online criminal justice programs for students interested in pursuing associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the growing field of criminal justice.

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Tip: If you don’t live near a campus-based school that offers a program of interest, consider an online degree or a university in an adjacent state (New Hampshire).

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Directory of Maine Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Husson University (Bangor)
Assocciate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science
Dual Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice and Psychology
Dual Bachelor of Science/ Master of Science | Criminal Justice Administration
Master of Science | Criminal Justice Administration
Program | Army ROTC

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine (Standish)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Interdisciplinary Studies: Criminal Justice Minor (online program)
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Social Justice
Minor | Leadership and Community Engagement

Southern Maine Community College (South Portland)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice

Thomas College (Waterville)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Administration
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Accounting
Master of Business Administration | Forensic Accounting
Minor | Cyber Security
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Forensic Psychology

University of Maine at Augusta (Augusta)
Associate of Science | Justice Studies
Bachelor of Science | Justice Studies
Bachelor of Science | Cybersecurity
Minor | Fraud Examination
Certificate | Fraud Examination

Student Review: “The University of Maine at Augusta has a great program for non-traditional students. They have a variety of degrees that can be taken online or through Interactive Television Services (ITV). These classes are offered throughout the state of Maine at local higher education centers and ITV locations. They also have classes available at their Augusta campus. For students close by they have the Jewett concert series and the Danforth Gallery. There is also a campus in Bangor that has theatrical performances. The instructors are used to working with non-traditional students and tend to be very flexible. I am enjoying getting my degree with the flexibility to take care of my family and watch classes when it is convenient to me. Overall a wonderful place to get your degree!” -Melony L., student at University of Maine at Augusta

University of Maine at Presque Isle (Presque Isle)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Geographic Information Systems

1. Maine State Police: http://www.maine.gov/dps/msp/jobs/trooper_recruitment.html
2. Portland Police Department: http://www.portland-police.com/pdf/goodpay.pdf
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ME.htm
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/lau/ *See state on page for current unemployment rate
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections: https://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm.htm
6. Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://ycharts.com/indicators/maine_unemployment_rate
7. Mercatus Center State Fiscal Condition: http://mercatus.org/publication/state-fiscal-condition-ranking-50-states