Criminal Justice Studies

60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code 10-504-5

Explore the framework of the criminal justice system, and prepare for jobs in a variety of professions or easily transfer into bachelor’s degree programs at select four-year colleges. Develop critical life skills necessary for any public safety or human service job.

How Long It Will Take

Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in two years.

Start Date

You can begin this program in the fall or spring semester.

How This Program Is Offered

This is offered in a traditional classroom/lab setting. Some hybrid/online classes are available.

 What Makes This Program Unique

  • Several courses are offered in a flexible, accelerated online format.
  • Participate in Kappa Theta Rho, a cooperative learning environment with law enforcement agencies.
  • Instructors are experienced criminal justice veterans representing a wide variety of specialties, providing a solid foundation to face the challenges and rewards of the field.
  • Excellent preparation for careers in all areas of social services, criminal justice and law enforcement.
  • Perfect preparation for the Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Take advantage of a Direct Digital Access Program for discounted textbooks.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

Credit for Prior Learning

Students who have successfully completed a Wisconsin Department of Justice 720 hour police recruit academy are eligible to receive credit for related coursework. Additionally, there are other opportunities to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.

How To Apply

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2021 Start

  • Submit application by August 2, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by August 9, 2021

Spring 2021 Start

  • Submit application by January 5, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by January 11, 2021

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Financial Aid Eligibility

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.


The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Career Salaries

$24,000 – $66,000 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Potential Careers

If you have an interest in protecting and caring for the community, can follow orders, are an effective communicator and can show others compassion and respect, a career in law enforcement may be a right for you. Those in law enforcement must also be team players, possess critical thinking skills and have a keen eye for detail.

  • Police Officer
  • Detective
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Private or Corporate Security Officer
  • Correctional Officer

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

College Program Name Credit Awards
Cardinal StritchBS Criminal Justicefull program
Carroll UniversityBS Criminal Justiceup to 64
Marian UniversityBS Managementup to 70, 10% tuition discount
Marian UniversityBS Psychologyup to 70, 10% tuition discount
Marian UniversityBS Criminal Justiceup to 70, 10% tuition discount
Mount Mary UniversityBA Justice: Criminal Studies43+electives
Mount Mary UniversityBA Justice: Criminal Justice40+electives
Purdue GlobalBS Criminal Justicecredits vary, 20% tuition discount
Upper Iowa UniversityBS Criminal Justice21+electives
UW-MilwaukeeBS Criminal Justiceup to 57
UW-ParksideBA Criminal Justiceup to 57
UW-WhitewaterBS CriminologyUp to 72
College Program Name Credit Awards
Colorado State University-Global CampusAny Bachelors Degreeup to 64, 10% tuition discount
Concordia University - WisconsinAny BachelorsUp to 84
Franklin UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Grand Canyon UniversityAny Bachelors10% tuition discount
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
MSOEBachelor of Business AdminJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 35%+ tuition discount for WCTC grads
UW-Green BayOrganizational Leadership - Bachelor of Applied StudiesBlock of 60 credits
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiescredits vary, 100% online
UW-StoutBS Management (100% online)up to 60
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education & Training (100% online)up to 60
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBA/BS in Business Management & Leadership50-70

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.


Program Instructors

Johnny Sgrignuoli
Mark Stigler, MA | 262.691.5385
Carianne Yerkes