Criminal Justice


The Criminal Justice program studies security, investigations, corrections, and parole. Earn an Associate of Applied Science or certificate and pursue work as a Security Guard, Private Detective, Probation Officer, and more.

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Note: Some jobs require education or training beyond the CNM degree/certificate.

Program Information

The number of careers in the field of Criminal Justice continues to expand, involving careers in both the public and private sectors. These careers include Law Enforcement, Adult Corrections, Juvenile Correction, Adult and Juvenile Probation and Parole, Private Investigations, and Security.

Security careers include private and personal security, commercial security, industrial security, public security, retail, information and Homeland Security. The U.S. Department of Labor projects continued job growth in all of these fields.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice provides the education needed for entry level employment in this career field. It may also help you achieve promotion after gaining employment.

This program offers a varied schedule of courses to meet your needs, including traditional classes at varied times at the different campuses, on-line courses, an investigations lab, a computer lab with interactive learning programs, and intern programs with local agencies. This program may also begin with dual enrollment for high school students via the Pathways programs.

You are instructed by faculty who have vast experience in all aspects of criminal justice and are readily available to help you. Tailor your studies to concentrate in the area of your interest.

Our program provides you with critical thinking and work-place skills employers demand and provides you with a sense of professionalism and community service necessary for a career in Criminal Justice.

The CNM Law Enforcement Academy will provide the basic police officer academy as a satellite academy under the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Students who successfully complete the academy will earn a Certificate of Completion for 32 academic credits. These courses meet the requirements for licensure by the state of New Mexico as a law enforcement officer. In addition, these courses will apply toward the Associates of Applied Science in Criminal Justice.