Mission: The mission of the Glendale Community College ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE STUDIES PROGRAM is to provide a comprehensive program of study to prepare students for careers in criminal justice and provide ongoing training for criminal justice professionals who seek to enhance their skills, training and opportunities for career advancement. It is designed to inform and prepare you for a career in all areas of criminal justice, law enforcement, judicial and corrections and related technical fields. The program also provides practitioners of law enforcement, the judicial system and corrections the opportunity for professional growth and development in their field and the background to continue their education at a four-year institution. Associate of Applied Science in Administration of Justice degree applies toward a number of Bachelor programs. In addition, GCC has developed distinct degree pathways with major universities. These degree pathways allow you to transfer your GCC credits into a specific university bachelor program. If you obtain an AA-SR in Administration of Justice at GCC, you can transfer directly into the following bachelor programs:
- Justice Studies at ASU Main Campus
- Justice Studies & Criminology at ASU West Campus
- Criminal Justice at NAU
Faculty: Our faculty is made up of instructors who are retired and current law enforcement professionals, attorneys, paralegals and correction department employees. They come from the Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria and ASU West Campus Police Departments, GCC College Safety, the County Attorney's Office, Adult Probation, Arizona Department of Corrections and the private sector. You will have a real-world law enforcement education in our Criminal Justice Program.
Police Academy: GCC also offers a Police Academy where you can earn your Peace Officer Certification (AzPOST) and pursue Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) courses. Students who have already graduated from an AzPOST police academy and have been certified as police officers may be eligible for credit by evaluation. Credit by evaluation allows courses completed in the police academy to be used toward attainment of an Associates Degree in Administration of Justice from the Maricopa Community College District.