This degree is designed for students seeking a career in Criminal Justice. It also provides a sound base for individuals wanting to enter the mental health profession as students receive background in psychology, the justice system and legal system.

Opportunities After NCMC

Correctional Officers, Fire Inspectors & Investigators, Firefighters, Police & Detectives, Private Detectives & Investigators, Security Guards & Gaming Surveillance Officers

Program Outcomes

The degree programs offered by the Department of Criminal Justice are designed to empower students as critical thinkers, ethical actors, and competent communicators concerning matters of crime and justice at the local, state, national, and international levels, to include, at degree-appropriate levels, the abilities to:

  • Assess the philosophy, theories, policies, practices, processes, and reforms of the major institutions of social control;
  • Explain the inter-dependent operations of the major components of the criminal justice system (i.e., police, courts, correctional agencies) and the political, legal, ethical, and socioeconomic environments in which they operate, as well as the implications of these relationships for victims, offenders, justice professionals, and society;
  • Analyze the major historical and contemporary issues facing the criminal justice system, including events, information, programs, policies, and concepts that affect the operation of criminal justice agencies and actors, as well as issues affecting contemporary urban society and respect for racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity;
  • Evaluate the nature, extent, causation, and prevention of crime, including the ability to apply and critique the major theories relevant to those causes;
  • Apply the skills and methods in criminal justice research, including the acquisition, analysis, interpretation, dissemination, and policy implications of both quantitative and qualitative data, and, where appropriate, various skills and methods for conducting basic forensic investigations or crime analysis;
  • Apply the philosophy, theories, and principles of substantive, procedural, and evidentiary criminal law that regulate and guide the criminal justice system and its primary actors; and
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and demonstrate basic knowledge of information technology as applied to criminal justice research and practice.

NOTE: People with felony convictions will have difficulty securing employment in the criminal justice field.

Entry Requirements

1) Complete an Application for Admission available on the NCMC website. A one-time non-refundable application fee will apply.

Dual Credit students who plan to attend NCMC after graduation will need to fill out the application for admission during their Senior year and pay the admission application fee.

Returning students, who have not attended NCMC classes for one semester or more, will need to fill out an updated application form. No fee is required.

The Admissions Office welcomes prospective students, their parents and friends to visit our campus.

2) Provide NCMC with the appropriate transcripts, documents and test scores.

a. For first-time college students, request an official copy of your final or most recent high school transcript be sent to the NCMC Admissions Office. A final, official transcript must be received for final acceptance. The transcript must be from an accredited high school or a state recognized unaccredited high school.

The transcript must be sent directly from the high school with an official seal of the school. The transcript must show all of the courses the student completed.

Transcripts that have been purchased from a diploma mill or from an online accreditation agency will not be accepted.

b. For students who have passed the GED test given by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or any other states GED, send an official copy of your scores or certificate to the Admissions Office.

c. For students who are transferring from another college or university, request an official transcript from each college attended. An official high school transcript is also required.

d. For home-schooled students, provide verification of having completed a high school course of study and ACT, SAT, COMPASS or ASSET test scores. Home schooled students must provide a copy of placement testing before enrolling in their initial semester.

e. All non-citizen applicants to the college must provide proof of immigration status (i.e. Green card ) and must send a high school transcript translated into English before consideration for admittance into NCMC.

3) Provide NCMC with a copy of your ACT, SAT, ASSET, or COMPASS scores prior to enrollment. Placement test scores are valid for two years; if your scores are older than two years you will be required to take the COMPASS test. These scores are used for placement in English, math, reading, science, history and government courses and help advisors to assist students in making career and educational plans.

If you have not taken any of these, NCMC offers the COMPASS placement test to students who have either not taken the ACT or who need additional testing.

Special Requirements - International Students

  • NCMC Application (online)
  • International Application
  • High School Transcript translated into English
  • College Transcripts translated into English and US equivalents (via service such as WES-World Education Services)
  • Official TOEFL score report (if official national language is not English – Minimum scores are paper version). Minimum scores are: paper = 500 computer based = 173, or internet based = 61. Or Official IELTS score of 5.5
  • Certificate of Finances / Bank Statement

Contact us for more information.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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