Protect and serve.

In today's turbulent world, professionals trained to protect the lives and properties of others are a vital need. Majors train to work in the fields of law enforcement and social services, and with the ability to add concentrations in law enforcement and crime and intelligence analysis, this degree program is the best preparation for a rewarding career, whether you want to serve the public as a police officer, solve crimes as an investigator, or help criminals turn their lives around as a counselor.

Fast Facts

  • The Criminal Justice degree can be paired with the Municipal Police Office Training, and after successful completion, students will meet the training requirements for Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers
  • Criminal Justice majors take a variety of courses to build skills in analytical thinking, data gathering, and problem-solving

  • Students can add a Law Enforcement Concentration to their major to prepare for a career in the field of criminal justice at the local, state, and federal level

  • Criminal justice majors often find employment in law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, and private security

  • Grads wishing to pursue a Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree at Mercyhurst’s Erie campus after completing their associate's degree can apply for our Internal Transfer Scholarship, which grants up to $18,000 based on GPA

Programming Update

Please note: The Criminal Justice associate degree program is offered on Mercyhurst’s Main Campus in Erie; students in this program will complete all courses at this location. Alternatively, students can complete all coursework at Mercyhurst’s Booker T. Washington Center campus outreach location, at 1720 Holland Street in Erie. 

Students who pair this degree with Municipal Police Office Training will also complete coursework through Mercyhurst’s Municipal Police Academy, offered exclusively at Mercyhurst’s instructional site in North East, Pennsylvania. 

Contact Us

Associate Degree Admissions
Phone: 814-725-6144

Meet the Faculty

MNE Criminal Justice
Duncan E. McGill, Ph.D.
Dean, Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences
Randy Clemons, D.A.
Associate Dean, Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, Professor