SHU and NCC Sign Transfer Agreement for Criminal Justice Students

News Story: December 28, 2006

Norwalk Community College students can seamlessly transfer into Sacred Heart University’s Criminal Justice program under an agreement reached between the two schools.

The agreement, which takes effect immediately, will enable NCC graduates in Criminal Justice who have completed 54 transferable credits and maintained a 2.5 GPA to be admitted as juniors. Students will be allowed to transfer up to 66 credits.

"Norwalk Community College’s new Criminal Justice articulation program with Sacred Heart illustrates how collaboration between institutions benefits students and the greater community," said Norwalk Community College President David L. Levinson, Ph.D. "By seamlessly transferring credits from NCC to Sacred Heart, students will be one step closer to a Criminal Justice degree and a respected career in law enforcement and community service."

As part of the agreement, the two colleges will provide onsite advising to NCC students who are interested in the transfer program. In addition, the colleges have developed a transfer guide as an aid to students.

“These transfer agreements stand as an excellent example of how a four-year university can work together with community colleges to provide an outstanding educational opportunity for students living in the local communities,” commented Nancy Sidoti, dean of Sacred Heart University’s University College.

In addition to Sacred Heart University’s undergraduate program in Criminal Justice, the University recently announced a new graduate program, the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. Open to recipients of undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice, as well as individuals who have developed a career interest in criminal justice after completing an undergraduate degree in another discipline, the MACJ program will provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of all components of the criminal justice system. 

According to Professor Pearl Jacobs, director of Criminal Justice programs at SHU, “This agreement provides an excellent opportunity for students to work towards a successful and rewarding career in the field of criminal justice. They begin by completing their undergraduate degree at Sacred Heart University where they will be provided with excellent advisement and resources to help them plan their careers. They could then continue their career advancement through our newly established Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. It is truly a ‘win, win’ situation.”

The 30-credit master’s degree program offers concentrations in criminal justice management and national security, which includes very timely coursework such as criminal profiling and international terrorism. The program is also appropriate for working professionals who are interested in pursuing advancement within their field.

Last year, the colleges established a similar transfer agreement for students in NCC’s Business programs. Under that agreement, graduates in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Banking, and Management who have completed 54 transferable credits and maintained a 2.5 GPA to be admitted to SHU as juniors. Students will be allowed to transfer up to 66 credits.