New York City Corrections Colleges with Program Descriptions

Feb 28, 2019

Comparison of Corrections Programs in New York City

Corrections programs in the New York City area are offered as minor, certificate, associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs. Sometimes this field of study is part of a criminal justice degree program. This article looks at three schools within a 50-minute drive of downtown New York City and the corrections education they offer. Prospective students can compare the schools through a table of information such as total enrollment, tuition, graduation rate and the percentage of first-year students who get financial aid. At the end of the article is the name of the other New York City-area school that offers corrections training.

  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice is in the heart of the city and offers a corrections minor.
  • SUNY Westchester Community College is about 31 miles from downtown. It offers an associate's degree in criminal justice with a specialization in corrections.
  • Located in Edison, New Jersey, about 31 miles from downtown New York City, Middlesex County College offers a certificate and an associate's degree in correction administration.

Comparison of Schools

The following table presents statistics about each school that can be helpful to individuals who are deciding which is their best option.

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice SUNY Westchester Community College Middlesex County College
School Type 4-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 14,834 12,571 11,381
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $7,070 in-state; $14,460 out-of-state $4,743 in-state; $12,233 out-of-state $3,468 in-district; $6,936 in-state; $6,936 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 79% 65% 53%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 39% N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* 78% full-time students 64% full-time students 70% full-time students
Graduation Rate* 47% (Students began in 2011) 17% (Students began in 2014) 18% (Students began in 2014)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. While the Bachelor of Science in Correctional Studies was discontinued in 2012, students can pursue bachelor's degrees in criminal justice or police studies and minor in corrections. A master's degree and doctorate in criminal justice are offered as well.

Minor in Corrections

The 18-credit minor includes courses in law and institutional treatment, the principles of correctional operations and correctional program evaluations. Students learn about the different aspects of incarceration, reintegration and rehabilitation.

SUNY Westchester Community College

Students at SUNY Westchester Community College can pursue certificates and associate's degrees. The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice program offers a corrections or police specialization. Students can also earn related degrees in chemical dependency counseling, cybersecurity and human services.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice - Corrections

The criminal justice associate's degree is composed of 63 credits, and graduates of the program have the opportunity to pursue employment with law enforcement agencies or transfer to a four-year university. Full-time students can earn the degree in two years; however, the program may be completed on a part-time basis as well. The curriculum covers probation and parole, critical issues in corrections, the criminal justice system and institutional treatment of delinquents.

Middlesex County College

The History and Social Science department at Middlesex County College (MCC) offers educational and career opportunities in several different areas. Programs of study include political science, history, social services, sociology and philosophy. Students can also enroll in a certificate or associate's degree program in correction administration.

Certificate in Correction Administration

In the 36-credit correction administration certificate program, students learn about sentencing, correctional management philosophies, correctional institutions and judicial treatment. Specific courses include American state and local government, sociology and criminology. The program also requires that students complete a corrections externship.

Associate in Science in Correction Administration

MCC's two-year Associate in Science in Correction Administration program covers law enforcement and community, social psychology, correctional institutions, juvenile delinquency, criminology and sociology. General education courses are part of the curriculum as well. Students can transfer credits earned in this program to a four-year university.

Other School Options

Housatonic Community College is about 48 miles from New York City and offers a corrections certificate program.

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