In Criminal Justice & Law Careers, you’ll protect your community, state, nation, and the world so that all may live in a safe and secure environment. You’ll work with the public in a variety of places, and your job will be challenging with no two days the same. Bay College can put you on your path to a career in the Criminal Justice & Law with a variety of certificate and degree programs offered.

Criminal Justice Certificates and Degrees at Bay:


  • Corrections
  • Corrections Online

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

  • Corrections
  • Law Enforcement

Associate in Arts (AA transfer)

  • Criminal Justice

Beyond Bay

Those who receive a certificate generally seek admission into the State of Michigan’s Correction Academy. Most degree holders enter into a police academy, such as the State Police Academy or the Regional Police Academy. Others pursue employment with a local agency or transfer to a university to obtain a bachelor’s or professional degree in criminal justice, political science, law, or other related fields.

Criminal Justice & Law Careers

  • Corrections Officer
  • State Police Officer
  • Sheriff’s Deputy
  • Parole Officer
  • City Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Safety Officer
  • Security Guard
  • Prison Guard
  • Private Detective
  • Investigator
  • DNR Warden
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Homeland Security
  • Law Clerk
  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • FBI Agent

Corrections Certificate Online Opens Opportunities!

By Sue Sundstrom-Young, Criminal Justice Faculty

Bay College offers an online Corrections Officer Certificate, an 8-week condensed program designed to make students eligible to apply with the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) to become a Corrections Officer. The program is also offered during the regular school year as part of a one semester (16 week) in-class program. The MDOC anticipates hiring 300-600 new employees over the next three years!

Certificate holders are eligible to attend a corrections academy in the state of MI, fulfilling the requirement of 15 credits of social sciences. Students will get an overview in 4 core Criminal Justice courses: Intro to Criminal Justice, Intro to Corrections, Intro to Law Enforcement, and the Criminal Court System. To be eligible for the corrections academy, students must apply to the MDOC, complete pre-screening requirements, and pass the MDOC physical fitness test.