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criminal justice


    Video: Criminal Justice

    Program Number: 10-504-2
    School Year: 2019-2020
    Associate of Applied Science Degree
    Campus: Fond du Lac
    This program is eligible for financial aid

    Program Description

    The Criminal Justice program is an accredited two-year associate of applied science degree program that prepares students for positions in a variety of criminal justice careers ranging from least restrictive settings, such as group homes, to highly restrictive maximum-security prisons.

    Students may begin criminal justice employment immediately upon graduation, continue on with their four-year degree, or work to get the combination of work and education required for specific positions such as probation and parole agent. Many current professionals enroll in the program to enhance career advancement opportunities.

    This program focuses on the “soft skills” necessary for success in this field. Students are trained in paraprofessional counseling skills focused on the empowerment model. Many counties require the associate of applied science degree or 60 college credits. A graduate of Moraine Park’s program, once hired in these jail positions, can expect to earn $15 to $16 per hour.

    The field of criminal justice needs people with high ethical standards, positive human values, supportive attitudes and effective listening and negotiating skills.

    Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $35,961

    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.
    • Demonstrate tactical skills (applies to Certification Track only).

    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

    1. Visit the Admissions Page for details
    2. In addition to standard admissions, this program also has:
      1. Criminal Background Check   


    Number Title Crs
    Semester 1
    103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
    504-102 Careers in Criminal Justice 3
    504-110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
    504-181 Culture Competence in Criminal Justice 3
    801-136 English Composition 1 3
    809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
    890-101 **College 101 2
    Total 18
    Semester 2
    504-930 Security Procedures 3
    504-931 Communication Skills 3
    504-933 Correctional Report Writing 3
    801-1xx Communication Course 3
    809-1xx Behavioral Science Course 3
    Total 15
    Semester 3
    504-143 Community Supervision 3
    504-155 Stress Management 3
    504-162 Criminal Justice Internship 2
    504-937 Juvenile Supervision 3
    804-1xx Mathematics Course 3
     - OR - 
    806-1xx Science Course 3
    Total 14
    Semester 4
    504-136 Correctional Counseling 3
    504-932 Adult Supervision 3
    504-934 Correctional Law and Code 3
    504-935 Corrections Summary Assessment 1
    504-936 Emergency Procedures 3
    809-1xx Social Science Course 3
    Total 16
    Required Elective Credits 3
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 66

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Program Guide

    For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

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

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.