Private Security Studies

50% or more of this program can be completed online.

Secure a rewarding career with MCC’s Private Security Studies certificate

Monroe Community College’s Private Security Studies certificate is a one-year program that provides the training and skills you need to take advantage of the many opportunities in a growing field. This specialized area of study within MCC’s highly-regarded criminal justice program offers a complete overview of the security world and the fundamentals of investigations. As a private security professional, you could work in:

  • Private Corporations
  • Government Agencies
  • Retail Environments
  • Transportation and Travel

Learn the ropes from experienced professionals

You’ll learn about risk assessment, physical security, the role of security within the legal system, work place violence, organized retail crime, and white collar crime from instructors with real-world experience. You will also study the methods and purpose of investigations and interviews. Foundation courses and CPR and AED training will round out your studies.

Upon graduation you can start a career or transfer your credits to one of MCC’s associate degrees in criminal justice. Depending on education, training and experience requirements, your job title could be:

  • Loss Prevention Manager
  • Security Guard
  • Private Detective/Investigator
  • Compliance Manager

Get in touch with Monroe Community College’s admissions office to learn more about the opportunities you can create with a private security studies certificate. Contact us at (585) 292-2200 or


Certificate Program

Department:Law/Criminal Justice

School(s): Community Engagement & Development

MCC Program Code: PV01

50% or more of this program can be completed online.

The certificate program in Private Security Studies is offered for prospective students who wish to explore employment opportunities in the security field. The program is designed to provide the student with a concentration of courses that explain how private security acts as a non-governmental entity within the criminal justice field. Students will receive the necessary information and skills which are required to recognize and respond to security related events within the corporate realm.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Articulate the role and function of private security in the law enforcement field
2. Explain the interactions of private security professionals with law enforcement and the courts
3. Apply the appropriate legal principles to situations that confront the security professional
4. Develop written and verbal communication skills which are necessary for the private security professional
5. Identify appropriate responses to ethical situations in the security profession
6. Explain the importance of developing skills to interact effectively with diverse populations
7. Develop skills to effectively manage emergency situations

Employment Potential
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Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition 3
PHL 250 Professional Ethics3
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJ 102 Introduction to Private Security/Loss Prevention3
CRJ 103 Constitutional Law and Rights of People3
ENG 250 Professional Communication3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychological Science3
CRJ 104 Criminal Law3
CRJ 203 Private Security/Loss Prevention Investigations3
HED 118 Introduction to Safety and Emergency Care3
Revised 3/15/19

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