Criminal Justice

Program Number: 10-504-2
School Year: 2020-2021
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Fond du Lac
This program is eligible for financial aid

Prepare for a variety of corrections positions and begin a rewarding career with the Criminal Justice associate degree program at Moraine Park.

About the Program

The Criminal Justice program prepares students to take on a variety of roles in the corrections and criminal justice field. This accredited, two-year program prepares students to work in less restrictive settings, such as group homes, to highly-restrictive maximum-security prisons and careers in law enforcement and community-based programs.

To be successful in this program, students must have strong ethical standards, supportive attitudes and positive values. They must also be effective listeners and negotiators.

What You'll Learn

To prepare for work in the criminal justice field, students must learn to manage emergencies, conduct investigations, interpret legal standards and think critically. Students gain the communication, social and people skills needed to succeed in the field. Criminal justice students also learn valuable counseling skills.

With many counties requiring an associate of applied science degree or 60 college credits, graduates of Moraine Park’s program qualify for roles at correctional facilities and can expect to earn $15 to $16 per hour.

Students may begin criminal justice employment immediately upon graduation, transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice, or work to get the combination of experience and education required for specific positions such as probation and parole agent. Many current professionals enroll in the program to advance their career.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates
Approximate Costs
Program Outcomes
Career Opportunities
Admission Process
Transfer Opportunities
Additional Information
Approximate Costs
  • $136.50 per credit (resident)
  • $204.75 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.
Program Outcomes
  • Think critically.
  • Manage emergencies.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Conduct investigations.
  • Interact with others.
Career Opportunities
  • Correctional Officer
  • Psychiatric Care Technician
  • Shelter Care/Group Home Worker
  • Home Detention Specialist
  • Youth Counselor
  • County Social Service Specialist
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Probation and Parole Agent (with a minimum additional two years community-based or related experience or after further education)
Admission Process

  • Criminal Background Check

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

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Semester 1
103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
504-108Foundations in Policing3
504-110Introduction to Criminal Justice3
504-181Culture Competence in Criminal Justice3
801-136English Composition 13
809-198Introduction to Psychology3
890-101**College 1012
Semester 2
504-112Corrections and Incarceration3
504-114Fundamentals of Communication3
504-117Documentation in Criminal Justice3
801-1xxCommunication Course3
809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
Semester 3
504-143Community Supervision3
504-155Stress Management3
504-158Criminal Justice Internship3
504-159Juvenile Justice3
804-1xxMathematics Course3
 - OR - 
806-1xxScience Course3
Semester 4
504-136Paraprofessional Counseling3
504-113Criminal Investigation3
 - OR - 
504-116Alcohol and Drug Awareness in Criminal Justice3
504-165Law and Code3
504-167Emergency Response and Operations3
809-1xxSocial Science Course3
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements63