The Criminal Justice Program

The Need for Skilled Criminal Justice and Corrections Personnel is Greater than Ever.

In today's security-conscious, high-tech world, the need for skilled criminal justice and corrections personnel is greater than ever. In fact, U.S. Department of Labor projections indicate that employment in these related fields will grow 9 to 17 percent through 2016.

It's not just about cops and robbers. Thanks to dramatic advances in forensic science, cyber technology, psychological profiling, DNA sampling and our far more global society - among many other complex factors - there is an enormous need for skilled professionals on a variety of levels.

Atlantic Cape Community College offers two Associate in Science degrees for those who wish to embark on an exciting career in criminal justice:

An associate degree from Atlantic Cape opens the door to many careers, including but not limited to:

  • ATF Agent
  • Bailiff
  • Border Patrol Officer
  • Coast Guard Intelligence Agent
  • Compliance Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Court Clerk
  • Court Reporter
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Criminologist
  • Customs Agent
  • DEA Agent
  • FBI Agent
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Homeland Security
  • INS Agent
  • Juvenile Justice Officer
  • Military Police Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Detective
  • Police Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Private Security Agent
  • Probation Officer
  • Secret Service Agent
  • Sheriff
  • U.S. Marshall

Courses taught by experienced professionals:

  • Mays Landing Campus
  • Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus
  • Cape May County Campus
  • Online
  • Day and Evening

A degree from Atlantic Cape in these concentrations also prepares students to pursue four-year and graduate degrees at other colleges. In fact, many prominent South Jersey attorneys and judges attended Atlantic Cape before going on to law school.

In addition, Atlantic Cape accepts up to 16 credits from all New Jersey police academies and up to 13 credits from all New Jersey corrections academies.

Many state, county and municipal police and corrections departments offer tuition reimbursement programs.

The course list includes many fascinating options such as Organized Crime, Introduction to Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation. Students also receive real-life training in a criminal justice agency such as a police department, public defender's office or prosecutor's office with the Internship in Criminal Justice course.

Upon completion of the program, students will be ready to meet the real-world challenges of careers in Criminal Justice or Corrections such as these successful graduates:

Jesse Deane

"When I came to Atlantic Cape, I was unsure of what to do with my life. The college gave me the freedom to explore different subjects and decide where my long term interests were. The professors were always available, interested in their subjects and eager to help. Many of the professors I had are still teaching there with the same enthusiasm they had over 20 years ago. I also found that the small class sizes were more conducive to learning and exploring all areas and subjects of higher education. To this day, I believe that Atlantic Cape is the best deal in education, and I spent some of my most productive educational years there."

—Jesse Deane
Staff Attorney, NJ Office of the Public Defender

Chief Salvatore C Armenia

"As a former Atlantic Cape student in the Criminal Justice program, I am grateful to all of the teachers who made my success possible…My education helped me achieve my current position."

—Salvatore C. Armenia
Somers Point Police Chief



John Tuohy

"Atlantic Cape is an excellent college. The quality of instruction and material are superior. The teachers are extremely dedicated and take a practical as well as theoretical approach. They do a great job of creating courses that fit the needs of the community."

—John Tuohy
Atlantic County Under Sheriff


"I would definitely recommend Atlantic Cape to anybody who's looking to further their education. It was the best two years of my life."

—Roger Lillo
Wildwood Police Officer


For more information, contact Admissions.