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Ferris State’s founder, Woodbridge N. Ferris, established the institution as a place of opportunity, and a place where someone can be well trained to enter a profession. In the School of Criminal Justice, we follow that tradition and have established a school where opportunity can become reality. The School is celebrating its fifth decade of providing quality education for careers in Criminal Justice.

Our faculty comes from a large variety of disciplines including:

  • Two attorneys
  • Four retired lieutenants, retired Undersheriff, and Detective
  • Corrections
  • Private security
  • Juvenile probation
  • Certified police officers who still patrol the streets of Michigan

Not only does the faculty have a vast amount of professional experience, but they focus/concentrate on problem-based teaching and learning. Additionally, the faculty are actively involved in research dedicated to multiple topics including police ethics, date-rape, job satisfaction, and private security.

Our classes are small, 25-30 students, allowing faculty to focus on the student and provide for student needs. All classrooms are “smart classrooms” that utilize the most contemporary technology. Faculty use online techniques as well as web pages to enhance teaching strategies.

Our criminal justice program consists of three concentrations, law enforcement, corrections, and generalist.

Students in the law enforcement option can use their senior year to attend our police academy. After completing the academy, students graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree and are also certifiable, allowing them to become police officers in the State of Michigan. This program is completely sanctioned by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES)

Our corrections option offers certification through the Michigan Corrections Officer Training Council (MCOTC) and may lead to positions as probation or parole officers, juvenile probation officers, or corrections officers.

The generalist track allows for in-depth exposure to many segments of the criminal justice profession Graduates in this option seek positions in federal service (i.e. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security, U. S. Marshals, Customs, and Border Patrol), attend law school or pursue other positions in the criminal justice career field.

Our legacy reaches far in all facets of the criminal justice profession. We have former lawyers from our program, supervisors and administrators in the Probation & Parole field and law enforcement officers in state, local and federal agencies. Chiefs of Police, command officers and even the recently retired Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are former Ferris graduates. There is hardly a police agency in the State of Michigan that does not have a Ferris alum within their ranks.

 If you have any questions, I encourage you to call our office at (231) 591-5080 or contact Dr. Joseph Ferrandino at