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Associate in Applied Arts

Program Overview

Delta's Criminal Justice – Corrections Associate Degree might be for you if you are someone who believes in helping others positively change their behavior, and are interested in corrections.

Successful corrections officers rely on strong communication skills. They must be persuasive and able to use non-physical restraining techniques. In some instances physical restraint might be necessary. Daily duties include being responsible for the security of the offender, the public and the facility.

Courses are taught by experts in the field, who stress the need for excellent communication and decision-making skills, as well as the importance of understanding the legal concerns for those responsible for the restraint and incarceration of offenders. 

Earning Potential

With an advanced degree, your options for management roles increases. Job growth in this feld is expected to grow by 5% over the next 10 years. 

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $52,534 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Corrections Officer
  • Corrections Supervisor
  • Probation Officer
  • Security Guard


  • Accounting professor working with students in class.
    Amazing faculty 

    At Delta, you get small classes, professors who see your potential and resources to help you succeed. Delta professors are here to teach. And, they're really good at it.

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About Delta's Program

Students who successfully complete the corrections program in criminal justice are prepared to work as corrections officers in prisons and jails or as juvenile care workers. Students often transfer credits to a four-year university to complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice degree. Delta offers a 3+1 program (3 years at Delta and 1 year at a university) with Ferris State University where students also take their fourth year of classes at Delta.

For information about how your Delta courses will transfer to various universities, check with the admissions office of your transfer institution. You can begin exploring how classes will transfer with the Michigan Transfer Network.

Why you should choose Delta 


Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes at night, on weekends and online to make taking classes and getting that degree easier. Plus, Delta has learning centers so you can take classes even closer to home.  


Co-op opportunities

You can get hands-on experience in your field while you're working toward that degree. I know. It's awesome! Plus, you'll even get paid. That's co-op! Check it out.


Free tutoring

At the Teaching Learning Center, located in the Library, we offer tutoring on a wide variety of subjects, and help with developing study and learning skills. Most tutoring is on a walk-in basis but we do have some online tutoring options.

Best of all, it's free for currently enrolled Delta students. Just another way we demonstrate our commitment to helping students succeed.


Transfer opportunities

One of the very best things about Delta College is your ability to start here and go anywhere. And, in the process, save thousands (and thousands) of dollars. It's a smart choice to get your associate's and then transfer on!

Delta has signed transfer agreements to continue your criminal justice studies with:

  • Ferris State University - Criminal Justice with options
  • University of Phoenix - Criminal Justice Administration Management

Visit transfer agreements and guides to see the whole list of transfer opportunities. Have questions? Make an appointment with academic advising to discuss your dreams.

Facts & Figures

With the Michigan Transfer Agreement, 30 credits are guaranteed to transfer to any public institution in Michigan.
Associate’s salary
An associate’s degree earns you 35% more income on average.

Related Programs

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"At this moment in time, there are literally hundreds of jobs available with state and local corrections. It’s a great time to get involved in the correctional field."

Michele Whitaker, Corrections Program Coordinator