Criminal Justice

To learn more, visit: https://www.morainepark.edu/academics/programs/criminal-justice/

Program Number: 10-504-2
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.

Transfer Opportunities

Earn credits at MPTC and transfer to a four-year college to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Visit the Transfer Opportunities page for more information on credit transfer agreements between Moraine Park and four-year colleges, both public and private.