Criminal Justice (A.S.)

The Criminal Justice A.S. degree is designed to prepare students to transfer into a Criminal Justice bachelor's degree program. The program is writing and research intensive and parallels the first two years of a four-year Criminal Justice program.

This is the primary program for students who plan to complete a rigorous two-year study in Criminal Justice at Hudson Valley and then continue their education at the baccalaureate level and beyond.

This program is offered through the Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department.

  • General Information
    Includes: Program Description, Entrance Requirements, Course Requirements


Program Highlights

  • An agreement recently signed between Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh allows students to complete a bachelor's degree in criminal justice on the Troy campus of Hudson Valley.
  • Hudson Valley Community College's Criminal Justice program is annually ranked by Community College Week as one of the most productive education programs of its kind in the country. In a 2012 report, Hudson Valley ranked fourth nationally among two-year colleges in the number of criminal justice/security associate degrees granted.
  • The college also offers an A.A.S. program in Criminal Justice.
  • More than 3,000 graduates of the program are employed in criminal justice agencies throughout New York State.


Here are a few career paths Criminal Justice graduates have pursued: probation officer; parole officer; police officer; state trooper; F.B.I. agent; corrections officer; welfare investigator; attorney; loss prevention specialist; United States Marshal; drug enforcement officer; Secret Service; U.S. Border Patrol.

Recent employers have included: Albany County Department of Social Services; A.M. Contracting; Albany International Airport; Albany Medical Center Security; NYS Attorney General; Austin Police Department; Berkshire Farms Youth Facility; Canajoharie Police Department; Colonie Police Department; Lowes; NYS Parks & Recreation; Rensselaer County Sheriff; TSA, Albany County Airport; US Secret Service; Vanderheyden Hall; Wackenhut Security.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2012): Probation Officer, $47,840; Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officer, $54,230; Corrections Officer, $38,990; Loss Prevention Specialist, $31,310.

For more information regarding this program, contact:

Ann B. Geisendorfer
Department Chair
Amstuz Science Hall, Suite 300
(518) 629-7342

For more information about admission to this program, contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309