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criminal justice


    Video: Criminal Justice

    Program Number: 10-504-2
    School Year: 2018-2019
    Associate of Applied Science Degree
    Campus: Fond du Lac

    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

    • $37,738

    Approximate Costs

    • $134.20 per credit (resident)
    • $201.30 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

    • Submit the college admission application.   
    • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
    • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
    • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
    • A Criminal Background Check is required.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.


    Semester 1
    103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
    504-102Careers in Criminal Justice3
    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
    504-930Security Procedures3
    504-931Communication Skills3
    504-933Correctional Report Writing3
    801-1xxCommunication Course3
    809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
    Semester 3
    504-143Community Supervision3
    504-155Stress Management3
    504-162Criminal Justice Internship2
    504-937Juvenile Supervision3
    804-1xxMathematics Course3
     - OR - 
    806-1xxScience Course3
    Semester 4
    504-136Correctional Counseling3
    504-932Adult Supervision3
    504-934Correctional Law and Code3
    504-935Corrections Summary Assessment1
    504-936Emergency Procedures3
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    Required Elective Credits3
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements66

    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.