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Maine Criminal Justice Schools

  • 8 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Maine are in our database (see below).
  • Of the criminal justice programs in Maine, 7 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 6 offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 1 offers master’s or doctoral degrees.
  • 2 schools offering online criminal justice degrees in Maine ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs: University of Maine at Augusta (#30), University of Maine at Fort Kent (#120).
  • 0 schools in Maine are on Kiplinger’s Best College Values.

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 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 who are interested in a law focus can take advantage of the Volunteer Lawyers Project Internship, in which they can assist with courthouse operations and reviewing case files.

Maine Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 1,550 $36,820
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 370 $64,180
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 590 $65,830
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 2,200 $43,580

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

Police Quote: “Continue your education and the development of your 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 a border with Canada as well as a long 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 Customs and Immigration. In addition to federal positions, private industry has a need for professionals in fields such as insurance fraud investigation and legal assisting.

The state of Maine is also seeking qualified individuals for criminal justice positions. The Maine State Police offers a $0.31 per hour stipend for bachelor’s degree holders, which is in addition to generous benefits as well as a base salary of $38,625 per year.8 Maine’s award-winning Department of Corrections is also currently recruiting for a number of positions, including correctional officers.

City police work is also available in the state of Maine in larger towns like 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. The city of Portland, Maine offers police officers a base salary of $41,630 in the first year, coupled with generous benefits, and will waive their experience requirement for individuals with college coursework completed.9 The average annual salary for protective service occupations, which includes patrol and police officers, working in Maine is $39,250.10

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 programs 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

As of May 2016, the unemployment rate for Maine was 3.5%, below the national average of 4.7%.11 The state’s 10-year unemployment high was in March 2010, at 8.4%.11 In Maine, government-related employment is a good indicator of jobs in the criminal justice field. Projections Central includes the following criminal justice jobs:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 80 annual openings; 46% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 24% holding an associate’s degree.12,13
  • Correctional Officers: 50 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 15% holding a post-secondary certificate.12,14
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 20 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 21% holding an associate’s degree.12,15
  • Security Guards: 40 annual openings; 4% in these positions report completing at least some college.12,16
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants: 30 annual openings; 86% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 30% holding an associate’s degree and 44% holding a bachelor’s degree.12,17

Note that these estimates are based on jobs growth as well as replacements.

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 43rd in the nation.18 This means that prospective state hires should pay attention to the government’s ability to 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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Directory of Maine Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Central Maine Community College (Auburn)
Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice/Computer Forensics
Certificate | Forensic Investigation

Husson University (Bangor)
Associate 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
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University of Maine at Fort Kent (Fort Kent)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Conservation Law Enforcement
Associate of Arts | Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Bachelor of Science | Cyber Security
Bachelor of Science | Conservation Law Enforcement

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

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report, Best Online Programs: http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education
3. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Correctional Officers and Jailers http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333012.htm
5. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes331012.htm
6. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Detectives and Criminal Investigators: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333021.htm
7. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333051.htm
8. Maine State Police: http://www.maine.gov/dps/msp/jobs/trooper_recruitment.html
9. Portland Police Department: http://portlandmaine.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4105
10. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Protective Service Occupations (Major Group): http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes330000.htm
11. Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://ycharts.com/indicators/maine_unemployment_rate
12. Projections Central Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
13. O*Net OnLine, Police Patrol Officers: http://www.onetonline.org/link/details/33-3051.01
14. O*Net OnLine, Correctional Officers and Jailers: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3012.00
15. O*Net OnLine, Police Detectives: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3021.01
16. O*Net OnLine, Security Guards: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-9032.00
17. O*Net OnLine, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2011.00
18. Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition 2016 Edition: http://mercatus.org/statefiscalrankings