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Administration of Justice

Program Overview

If you’ve always been interested in the criminal justice system, criminology, or forensic science, consider enrolling in the Administration of Justice program. This program will prepare you for a career in crime scene investigation, corrections, law enforcement, homeland security, and public safety.

The program offers a comprehensive education in the study of the criminal justice process, including law enforcement, courts, probation, parole, security, and criminology. You will also learn community policing, evidence technology, how the principles of criminal justice laws have evolved, and so much more.

Make it happen today with the Administration of Justice Program!

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why Scottsdale Community College?

All of our instructors are criminal justice professionals who work, or have worked in the field. Our expertise comes from local and federal law enforcement, crime labs, forensics, victim advocacy, investigations, and probation. We are engaged with our students because we enjoy what we do and want to help them succeed.


The Administration of Justice Studies (AJS) program prepares students for a career in the criminal justice industry, enhance the skills of those already employed within it, offer non-criminal justice students interesting courses to incorporate into their degree programs, and provide others with courses to take for personal enrichment.

The Forensic Science (FOR) program prepares students for a career in the criminal justice industry, enhance the skills of those already employed within it, offer non-criminal justice students interesting courses to incorporate into their degree programs, and provide others with courses to take for personal enrichment.

The Corrections certificate is designed for students intending to pursue careers in various correctional components of the justice system, including parole, probation, jail, and prisons. Focus is broader learning about the correction function in the context of overall administration of justice system.

The Crime Scene Investigation certificate is designed to develop knowledge and skills required to investigate and reconstruct crime scenes using scientific evidence and logical analysis. The program provides instruction in criminal investigation procedures, collection and preservation of physical and biological evidence, death investigation techniques, crime scene reconstruction methodology and presentation of testimony in court.

The Fingerprint Identification and Photography certificate is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the field of fingerprint classification and identification. It is one pathway to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Forensic Science.

The Law Enforcement certificate prepares students for careers in state, local, and federal police departments and investigative agencies. It allows students interested in policing as a career to focus on this area of study while they pursue an AAS degree in Administration of Justice Studies.

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, hybrid, day, evening, full-time and part-time.

Textbooks

Most of our courses use low-cost textbooks or no cost material provided by your instructors. General education courses may have textbooks that cost more.