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Colleges in Columbia, SC with Associate Degrees in Corrections

Sep 07, 2018

While there are currently no schools that offer associate degree programs in corrections in Columbia, SC, at least three schools within 45 miles of downtown offer associate degree programs in criminal justice. Read an overview of these schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Columbia, SC, Criminal Justice Degree Programs

All three of the schools below are 2-year, public colleges with criminal justice associate degree programs that can prepare students to transfer to a bachelor's degree program or find work in the corrections field. All these schools are within a one-hour drive of downtown Columbia. This article also features a table that highlights important facts about these three schools, such as tuition and type of school. There is also a brief paragraph with facts about one other nearby school that offers a degree in criminal justice.

  • Midlands Technical College is the largest school on this list and offers an associate degree program in criminal justice technology. Midlands is about six miles from downtown Columbia.
  • Central Carolina Technical College is in Sumter, about 43 miles from downtown Columbia. It offers online classes as a part of its criminal justice associate degree program.
  • Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College is the smallest school on this list and provides an associate degree program in criminal justice. It is approximately 38 miles from downtown Columbia.

Comparison of Schools

Students who are looking for a degree in criminal justice must consider a variety of factors, including the size of the school and tuition cost. This table showcases pertinent facts about the three schools explored in this article.

Midlands Technical College Central Carolina Technical College Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 10,625* 3,720* 2,479*
Campus Setting Large suburb Small city Rural
Tuition & Fees 2017-2018 $4,214 for in-district students; $5,222 for in-state students; $12,182 for out-of-state students* $4,998 for in-district students; $5,807 for in-state students; $8,298 for out-of-state students* $4,250 for in-district students; $5,234 for in-state students; $7,010 for out-of-state students*
% of Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-17) 91%* 98%* 100%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admission policy N/A - Open admission policy N/A - Open admission policy
Retention Rate (2017) 47% for full-time students* 59% for full-time students* 58% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (for Students Beginning in Fall 2014) 9% (36% transfer rate)* 19% (14% transfer rate)* 19% (6% transfer rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Midlands Technical College

The associate degree program at Midlands Technical College is designed for students who are interested in careers in corrections, security, the court system and private security. The program allows students to complete the first two years of study before transferring to a 4-year university.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology

The associate degree program offers a variety of criminal justice technology courses, in addition to general education classes that cover public speaking and humanities. Students must earn 66 credit hours to complete the program. Six of the classes focus on criminal justice and cover correctional systems, criminal law, police administration and the judicial process. In addition to job options in corrections, the degree can also be applied to careers in criminology and police administration. Once students earn their associate degrees, they can consider transferring to a 4-year university to earn their bachelor's degrees.

Central Carolina Technical College

Central Carolina Technical College's associate degree program prepares students for transfer in the field of criminal justice. This program is geared towards students who are new to the corrections field, as well as those who have professional experience. The program allows students to take classes online and during the day and evening.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology

Students in this degree program can earn a total of 64 semester hours. The degree program typically takes two years to finish and gives students a theoretical and practical understanding of criminal justice technology. Classes cover police administration, criminology, evidence and police-community relations. Those who specifically want a career in corrections have access to a correctional systems class, as well as classes on probation and parole.

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College

Students who enroll in this degree program should check the requirements for careers in corrections and police administration to ensure that they can pass background checks and tests. While the associate degree program may prepare students for entry-level employment, students can also consider transferring to a university to earn a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice

This 66-hour degree program typically lasts two years and gives students the opportunity to take criminal justice and general education classes. The coursework covers police patrol, criminology, delinquency and government. There are specific courses that involve corrections and the judicial process for those who are considering careers in the correctional system.

Other Schools in the Area

The number of schools offering criminal justice associate degree programs is limited. However, Denmark Technical College, which is located nearly 52 miles away from downtown Columbia, offers a criminal justice technology associate degree program.

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