New Jersey Corrections Colleges with Degree Overviews

Jan 13, 2019

Research corrections programs in New Jersey, which currently has eight schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the certificates and degrees and get some quick facts for two New Jersey schools to decide which program is right for you.

Colleges in New Jersey Offering Degrees in Corrections

Degrees and certificates in corrections are offered at several New Jersey colleges located throughout the state. Many of these institutions are community colleges offering certificate or associate's degree programs. Certificate programs can be found in corrections or corrections administration, while 2-year degree programs are typically found as criminal justice programs with corrections as an area of concentration.

Two of these New Jersey colleges and their corrections programs are highlighted in the following article. Learn about required coursework and internship opportunities. Read helpful facts about each school in the table provided in this article.

  • Middlesex County College is based in Edison, which is about 20 miles south of downtown Newark. The school's corrections program, at the 2-year degree level, focuses on corrections administration.
  • Raritan Valley Community College offers an associate's degree in criminal justice that can help to prepare students for a career in corrections. The college is located in Branchburg, which is approximately 35 miles west of downtown Newark.

Comparison of Schools

It is important to consider all factors of a school before selecting a corrections program. Below you will find statistics and facts reflecting each school's population, retention and graduation rates, financial aid availability, tuition and more.

Middlesex County College Raritan Valley Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 11,381* 8,079*
Campus Setting Large suburb Rural fringe
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $3,468 (in-district)
$6,936 (in-state and out-of-state)*
$4,416 (in-district)
$5,376 (in-state and out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 53%* 45%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A-open admissions* N/A-open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 70%* 73%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students began in Fall 2014) 18%* 26%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Middlesex County College

Middlesex County College (MCC) is one of the largest colleges in New Jersey that offers programs in corrections. MCC is a 2-year public college made up of over 11,000 students.

Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with an Option in Correction Administration

This program requires a total of 61-65 credits, depending on previous education, and typically takes two years to complete. Students must take general education courses in sociology, psychology, and science, as well as career-specific classes in criminology, U.S. law and law enforcement.

During their final semester, students participate in an externship at a New Jersey correctional facility. In accordance with New Jersey's Statewide Transfer Agreement, credits from this program are transferable to any 4-year public college for students who wish to further their education.

Raritan Valley Community College

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is home to more than 8,000 students. RVCC offers programs in corrections through its Business and Public Service Department.

Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice

This 2-year interdisciplinary program is primarily designed for transfer to a 4-year college or university. Students will complete general education requirements in English, math and humanities, while taking criminal justice courses in criminal procedures, juvenile delinquency, criminal law and criminology.

Graduates may be qualified for entry-level positions as parole, corrections and probation officers. Students complete a total of 61-63 credits, and credits are completely transferable to public colleges or universities in New Jersey.

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