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Criminal Justice Degrees


Phone: (989) 275-5000, ext. 284 | Fax: (989) 275-6727 | Email:

Program Advisors

Shawn Ott, Academic Advisor
(989) 275-5000, ext. 280

Mary Kehoe, Academic Advisor (transfer degrees)
(989) 275-5000, ext. 440

Considering a career as a police officer?
Prepare yourself at Kirtland.
Get your Criminal Justice degree or an Advanced Certificate at Kirtland Community College.

You’ll learn the skills you need to succeed in a rewarding career by studying criminal justice at Kirtland Community College. You might wind up being a hero to someone.

Kirtland Regional Police Academy training at Kirtland Community CollegeIf you’d like to pursue a career in law enforcement other than actually being a police officer, Kirtland can deliver what you need to land a job in crime prevention, the detection and apprehension of criminals, deterrence of delinquency, corrections, probation, parole, and many other facets of law enforcement.

Kirtland offers an associate in applied science degree in Criminal Justice Pre-Service, an Advanced Certificate program, and the Military Police Academy.

Instructors will share decades of combined real-world experience with you. Most still serve their communities as:

  • police chiefs and post commanders
  • undersheriffs
  • inspectors
  • patrol officers and deputies
  • conservation officers
  • firefighters and
  • attorneys

Get your criminal justice degree at KirtlandKirtland offers programs designed for future police officers. Once you complete your degree, you can choose to continue on and complete the 17-week Kirtland Regional Police Academy. Successful completion of the academy will make you eligible for employment as a law enforcement officer in most police agencies in Michigan and some other states in the country.

Kirtland’s programs are designed to support you regardless of where you are on your career path. Kirtland’s curriculum will help you even if you are transferring in from another college or plan to eventually complete a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field.

2014-15 Program Costs

Criminal Justice Pre-Service, AASIn DistrictOut of District
Tuition and Fees10,90014,800
Miscellaneous Expenses450450

Related public safety degrees include

Associate in Applied Science degrees

  • Criminal Justice Pre-Service
  • Emergency Medical Services


  • Police Academy – Advanced Certificate
  • Military Police Academy – Special Certificate

Partnership Programs

  • Alpena Community College
  • Central Michigan University (off-campus/online)
  • Mid Michigan Community College
  • North Central Michigan College
  • Davenport University
  • Franklin University
  • Lake Superior State University

Kirtland Community College criminal justice degreesAll candidates must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or better, with a grade of C or better in all emergency services courses. A mandatory dress code is in effect for all students enrolled in the emergency services curriculum. Students have the opportunity to plan for transfer to a four-year college or university.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university must consult with an advisor and carefully study the requirements of the four-year institution from which they intend to secure a bachelor’s degree.

Specific information about program and course requirements can be found in our College Catalog.

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