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Criminal Justice for Professionals Bachelor's Program FAQ

For whom is this program designed?

The New England Tech Criminal Justice Bachelor’s degree program is specially designed to meet the needs of working professionals in the fields of law enforcement, security, corrections, and other public safety services. Candidates with no professional experience or prior education in the field may want to consider the college’s Associate or Bachelor’s degree programs in Criminal Justice. [return to top]

Can I enroll if I’m not working in the field?

Candidates with an associate degree in criminal justice, related college credits or relevant professional experience who would like to work towards their bachelor’s degree while seeking work in the field may be considered for this program. Otherwise, for someone outside the field looking to start on a path to a career in criminal justice, the New England Tech Criminal Justice AS and BS programs may be a better fit. Your Admissions Officer can help you find the right fit for your personal situation. [return to top]

What will my course schedule be like?

You will have the opportunity to choose courses that are online, blended (partly online, but with some class meetings), or on-campus. You can mix them up any way you like, to create a schedule that works for you and fits into your personal and professional life.  Should you elect to take any fully on-campus courses, most day classes meet one day per week, beginning in the early morning (7:45 am), late morning (usually 11:25 am), or mid-afternoon.  Most evening classes will meet at 5:45 pm on one night per week.  Your class starting time will be confirmed on registration day.   [return to top]

How do online courses work?

Online courses at New England Tech are crafted by a faculty-led team of criminal justice, learning, and technology experts to be interesting, relevant and engaging, and to have real impact on students in their lives and on their careers. They are not self-paced courses – you’ll have coursework to do every week and it’s important to keep up. But you’ll be learning as part of a connected community that provides support, challenges your thinking, and reminds you that you’re not alone. Instructors are present in the course, and work with students to help them be successful.  See Online Learning at NEIT for more information about online courses in Criminal Justice.  [return to top]

I’m not so sure about online courses. Do I need to be a techie to do one?

You’ll need basic familiarity with your computer, for example: emailing, using the Web, and downloading and attaching documents. No special equipment is required: just a modern Windows or Mac computer, an “office suite“ such as Microsoft Office, and a broadband internet connection.

New England Tech online courses are designed to help acclimate you to the technology, and build your skills and your confidence as you go. We provide 24x7 support via phone, email or chat to help you with computer or online system issues. Tablet computers can be useful for doing course readings, watching course videos, and catching up on course discussions. But a tablet will not be sufficient for doing all your course work – be sure you have regular access to a real laptop or desktop computer. [return to top]

 What are the hardware and software requirements for the program?

  Recommended Minimum
Operating System: Windows 10 or Macintosh OS X (10.14)
Processor: 2+ GHz
Memory: 4GB
Plug-ins: Adobe PDF Reader, Flash Adobe PDF Reader, Flash and others as required by specific courses
Players: QuickTime, Java Player, Java
Browser: Chrome, IE, Safari, Edge, Firefox (all latest versions)
Display: 1024x768
Software: Office 365 (2016)
Internet Connection: FiOS/DSL/CABLE DSL/CABLE
Email Account: New England Tech student email account
Sound Card: Required
Other (some programs): -A webcam (the one built into your laptop or iPad should be fine).
-A microphone (built into the computer or headset is handy).
-A digital camera (the one on a smart phone is fine).


Online students must be capable of installing and maintaining their own computer’s hardware and software. New England Tech does not assist students with the setup of their computers.

Information about obtaining the software (if any) will be made available to you at the start of each course.

Note: Tablets and smartphones can be convenient for reading course materials and email but will not be sufficient for doing all of your course work.   [return to top]

What’s a blended course?

Blended (also called hybrid) courses combine the convenience of online course delivery with occasional in-class meetings, usually 2 to 5 meetings during a ten-week course. The in-class sessions are often necessary for hands-on work, lab experiences, debriefings, and other activities that require a face-to-face setting. Blended courses also offer valuable opportunities for building community, networking, and getting face-time with your instructors. [return to top]

Where do classes meet?

For those courses that are not fully online, class meetings could take place at any of NEIT’s campuses in Warwick or East Greenwich. Most Criminal Justice course meetings will be held at the New England Tech Criminal Justice center on our Warwick campus on Access Road (the one you can see from I-95, where the wind turbine is located). In addition, certain classes may require visits to RI Courts and/or Correctional facilities. [return to top]

How do I apply to the New England Tech Criminal Justice Program?

To get started, call our Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, or email     [return to top]

What transfer credits will New England Tech accept?

NEIT can award credit for professional experience. Every case is different, and you’ll have to speak with an Admissions Officer or the Department Chair about your specific situation. Credits can be granted for Police Academy and BCI school, ACE/DANTES credits, CPR, CLEP, college transfer credit, and work experience. Transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at an accredited institution will be considered for courses in which the student has earned a "C" or above. An official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the term for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that term. Get in touch with our admissions office at 800-736-7744 to find out more, or email us at [return to top]

How do I pay for my Criminal Justice Professional Studies Program courses?

You’ll only pay for the courses you sign up for in any given academic term. Many employers have tuition benefits for public safety professionals. If your employer allows direct billing for your education benefits, please meet with the Student Accounts Department for assistance.

See Tuition and Financial Aid for more information.  [return to top]

How long is each academic term?

Courses at New England Tech are 10-weeks long, with four terms offered per year, starting in January, April, July, and October. There’s also an optional, intensive five-week Intersession that starts in June, during which a selection of Liberal Arts courses are offered. [return to top]

How many courses do I have to take each term?

You can take one, two or more courses in any term.  It’s entirely up to your own needs and schedule. Note that if your employer offers tuition benefits, there may be a limit on how much they will reimburse.  If you’re planning to apply for federal financial aid, please confirm with the Financial Aid Office the minimum credit load required to qualify for federal financial aid.    [return to top]

What makes New England Tech’s Criminal Justice program different from others?

  • Ten-week long courses keep you focused and are easier to digest
  • Our faculty are practitioners from the field: leading experts from many state and federal agencies, as well as the private sector
  • Our curriculum is designed to provide a balance of practical knowledge you can apply to your work right away, as well as to building a long-term base of leading skills that will fuel your career advancement
  • Exceptional facilities and simulation labs for forensics, procedure, testimony, and more
  • 24x7 technical support by email, chat or phone helps you work on your schedule 

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Will I have to take Liberal Arts courses, too?

New England Tech Criminal Justice program is a Bachelor of Science degree. Like any college degree, it includes a wide range of enrichment subjects beyond just career and technical training. This program will require at least seven courses from the areas of Communications, Math, Science, Humanities, Social Science or Arts/Foreign Language. [return to top]

What is the Criminal Justice Senior Capstone Project? 

The Criminal Justice portfolio Senior Capstone requires that students participate in a challenging series of events that will mirror a life-like criminal investigation. Contains materials and evidence collected throughout the program that demonstrate a student’s academic progression and acquisition of various Criminal Justice skills. The Project will be used as a means for evaluation of proficiency and ability and will demonstrate a comprehensive picture of each level of skill and knowledge the student’s has attained during the program. The Senior Capstone is an individual learning experience.  [return to top]

Is NEIT accredited?

NEIT is accredited by the  New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).  Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE.  For more information on accreditation, see NEIT's catalog. [return to top]

Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?

The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for further information. [return to top]

What is the "Feinstein Enriching America" Program?

New England Institute of Technology is the proud recipient of a grant from the Feinstein Foundation. To satisfy the terms of the grant, the College has developed a one-credit community enrichment course which includes hands-on community enrichment projects. The course can be taken for a few hours per term, spread over several terms. Students who are already engaged in community enrichment on their own may be able to count that service towards course credit. [return to top]

How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid?

In order to be eligible for the maximum financial aid award, you need to maintain at least 12 credits per academic term. [return to top]

What does my program cost?

The cost of your program will be as outlined in your enrollment agreement, along with the cost for books and other course materials. Tuition is charged on a per-credit basis, with certain fees charged on a per-term basis. [return to top]

What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?

The Office of Career Services assists New England Tech students and graduates at the East Greenwich, RI campus and online in resume writing, interviewing skills, and the development of a job search strategy. Upon completion of their program, students may submit a resume to be circulated to employers for employment opportunities that, for the most part, may exist in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Employers regularly contact the Office of Career Services about our graduates. In addition, our Office of Career Services contacts employers to develop job leads. A strong relationship with employers exists as a result of New England Tech’s training students to meet the needs of industry for over fifty years. No school can, and New England Tech does not, guarantee to its graduates employment or a specific starting salary.  [return to top]

Where will job opportunities exist?

An exciting aspect of NEIT’s programs is that graduates can seek local and national employment in various criminal justice agencies in any number of criminal justice occupations. [return to top]

Is there any open lab time?

Open lab time will be available to students with permission of a CJ instructor or the CJ Department Chair. Students may arrange with an instructor to utilize the lab in order to complete an assignment or as specific needs arise. However, all lab work is limited to what is being taught at the particular time. [return to top]

What are the typical requirements for Criminal Justice and related fields of employment?

Many Criminal Justice occupations, particularly law enforcement positions, require civil service or other form of aptitude testing. Other requirements often include an active driver’s license, U.S. citizenship, the ability to successfully pass drug screening, polygraph testing and psychological examinations; firearms proficiency testing and the ability to obtain security clearance, if necessary. Additionally, pre-employment medical testing and physical fitness/agility testing are necessary components of any law enforcement position. (Please note: a criminal record may affect a graduate’s ability to qualify for some Law Enforcement positions.)

For examples of the regional standards that police officers must meet, go to:

For correctional officer standards, go to:

For federal standards go to

Students should also refer to the Technical Standards for the Criminal Justice program or see the Department Chair or supervising instructor for assistance in obtaining additional information. [return to top]

Am I required to obtain a criminal background check as part of the admission process?

No. However, certain technical courses include visits to secure facilities and students will be subject to a criminal background check in order to enter these locations. Secure facilities reserve the right to restrict entrance to those persons that do not satisfy their security protocols and regulations. (Please note: a criminal record may affect a graduate’s ability to qualify for some Law Enforcement positions.) [return to top]

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