Minimum Qualifications

1. Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age and have earned a High School Diploma or General Educational Development (G.E.D.) Certificate. 

2. Applicants must agree to obtain the minimum college credits (listed below) within 18 months after hire OR:

Currently Possess:

  • Have an educational background that includes at least 15 semester (or 23 term) college credit hours in Corrections, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Family Relations, Guidance and Counseling, Pastoral Counseling, Social Work or Law Enforcement or;
  • Possession of 30 semester (or 45 term) college credits in any academic or degree prerequisite area meets the educational requirement or;
  • Any bachelor’s degree or;
  • Two years of satisfactory Corrections Officer employment at the state or federal prison level, or private prison housing state/federal prisoners fulfills the educational requirements or;


MILITARY VETERANS: Training/Education documented on your joint services transcript may satisfy these educational requirements. Completion of basic training and two years of military service, along with 15 semester/ 23 term college credits leading toward a degree in any major obtained through an accredited college or their Joint Services Transcript (JST). If the service member is no longer serving, they must present proof of being honorably discharged. Military personnel can receive college credit for their military training by obtaining a Joint Service Transcript. To obtain JST https://jst.doded.mil/official.html 

3. The Department of Corrections may screen out job applicants who have been convicted of a felony in accordance with Public Act 191 of 2017Applicants who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony are ineligible for employment with the Department of Corrections until satisfactory completion of any sentence imposed, including parole or probation.  


Any questions regarding the minimum qualifications should be directed to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Recruitment Section, P.O. Box 30003, Lansing, MI 48909, Phone 517-335-1874 or toll-free 888-820-7129.

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