Albuquerque Corrections Colleges with Program Descriptions

Oct 09, 2018

Within 30 miles of downtown Albuquerque are a few schools that offer corrections-related programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements at three of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Schools in Albuquerque with Corrections Training

Although there aren't any schools in the Albuquerque area offering corrections-specific programs, some criminal justice and criminology programs provide related training. This article looks at three schools within a 40-minute drive of downtown. It also includes a table that compares various aspects of these schools that are important to prospective students, including enrollment, costs and graduation rate.

  • Central New Mexico Community College is the most inexpensive option in the area; however, this school has the area's lowest student retention rate. It is less than two miles from downtown and offers associate's degree programs.
  • The University of New Mexico's main Albuquerque campus, which is about eight miles from downtown, provides the area's highest degree level of corrections-related education through a bachelor's degree program as well as a minor in criminology. This school has the lowest student-to-faculty ratio of the three, with 16 students for every faculty member.
  • At nearly 28 miles away, the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus is the farthest school from downtown Albuquerque. This school also has the smallest student population. It offers an associate's degree program in criminology.

Comparison of Schools

Students need to consider many factors when choosing a college. This table offers a side-by-side look at these schools as a way to help with the decision.

Central New Mexico Community College The University of New Mexico The University of New Mexico Valencia Campus
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 24,442* 26,221* 2,097*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Fringe rural
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $1,578 in-state; $7,170 out-of-state* $7,448 in-state; $22,038 out-of-state* $1,758 in-state; $5,130 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 84%* 97%* 91%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admission 67%* N/A - Open admission
Retention Rate (2017) 62% for full-time students; 38% for part-time students* 78% for full-time students; 54% for part-time students* 60% for full-time students; 26% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 24% (5% transfer-out rate) (for those who began their studies in 2014)* 49% (for those who began their studies in 2011)* 12% (10% transfer-out rate) (for those who began their studies in 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Central New Mexico Community College

While admission to the college is open, students may be subject to physical fitness requirements to enter the criminal justice program. Credit hours earned through this school's corrections-related programs can typically be transferred to related bachelor's degree programs at in-state colleges or universities.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

This program's recommended course sequence includes patrol practices, criminology, criminal investigation, criminal procedures and report writing. Elective courses can also cover juvenile corrections, criminal investigating, institutional corrections, border security, probation, criminal litigation and correctional services. Students enrolled in this program can also earn hands-on training by participating in cooperative education or internships. A capstone course is required to graduate from this program.

Associate of Arts in Criminology

Since this program is aimed at transitioning students to a 4-year degree program, it consists mostly of general education coursework. The criminology coursework offers insight with regard to deviant behavior, public policy, social problems and the criminal justice system. A course on ethnic and minority groups also covers discrimination, social mobility, prejudice, pluralism and stereotyping.

University of New Mexico

Students can earn their criminology degrees through the University of New Mexico's Sociology Department. The program is designed for students looking for careers in law enforcement or corrections; students may also continue on to graduate study.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology

This program explores police investigations, research methodologies, data analysis and collective behavior. Coursework regarding the causes of crime and how the courts address these causes focuses on individual motivations, correctional rehabilitation, probation and parole. Students can learn about constitutional law, police powers, arrest procedures, drug abuse and juvenile justice. Fieldwork experience can also be completed for elective credit.

Criminology Minor

This minor program requires students to earn 21 credit hours. Students can expect to complete many of the required courses found during the criminology bachelor's degree program.

University of New Mexico Valencia Campus

This school's criminology associate's degree program is offered through the Sociology Department and is intended for students who wish to transfer to a related 4-year degree program in criminology. This degree is appropriate for students seeking careers as corrections officers, police officers, social workers, counselors or probation officers; however, some of these careers require additional education.

Associate of Arts in Criminology

This program serves as an introduction to criminology concepts. Featured courses cover the causes and effects of criminal behavior. Additional topics include sociology basics, the criminal justice system, deviance, social problems, research methods and prejudice.

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