Quick Facts

• According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2010 to 2020, employment of police and detectives is expected to grow by 7 percent, and job growth for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is expected to increase by 18 percent.

• Special scholarships available: Our students are eligible to apply for CJ scholarships, including the Dan Dascanio Law Enforcement Scholarship, the R. Gordon Kennedy Criminal Justice Scholarship and the James V. Kinnane Scholarship. These prestigious awards are presented at the annual James V. Kinnane Awards Luncheon and Criminal Justice Conference, which is sponsored by the Mercyhurst University Civic Institute and attended by local criminal justice practitioners.

• The Criminal Justice Department has an affiliation with the police academy and students are eligible to apply for training for police certification and use up to six credits from the academy for internship credits toward their criminal justice degree.

• Our students have interned with police and sheriff’s departments, juvenile and adult probation offices, prisons and jails, community corrections agencies, law offices, county judges, district attorneys’ and public defenders’ offices. Law enforcement concentration placements included police departments in Boston, MA; Ocean City, MD; Dover, DE; Buffalo, NY; Lackawanna, NY and Erie, PA.

• Our students are academically and professionally prepared for entry-level positions in criminal justice and social service agencies as well as for continuing their education in graduate and/or law schools.

• Some of our students pursued graduate degrees at Mercyhurst University, SUNY Albany, Arizona State University, University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro University of PA, University of Cincinnati, Indiana University of PA and Florida State University.

• Students also were accepted into regional and national law schools, including Suffolk University Law School, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, University of Dayton and University of Buffalo.

• Alpha Phi Sigma: Students with a 3.2 overall GPA are eligible to join the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Members are eligible to compete for national scholarships and attend the annual conference for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Recently, students went to New York City, Boston and San Diego for the conferences. Membership also satisfies one of the criteria for advancement from a GS5 to a GS7 pay grade in government jobs.

• Criminal Justice Club: The student-run, actively engaged club sponsors a “Shoot, Don’t Shoot” simulation exercise, tours prisons and jails, brings guest speakers to campus, goes to the shooting range for target shooting and does service activities in the community.
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