Criminal Justice Studies

Criminal Justice Studies

Degree Type

60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code


Time to Degree

2 years

Start Date

August / January / June

How You'll Learn




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.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2022 Start

  • Submit application by August 1, 2022
  • Complete checklist items by August 8, 2022

Spring 2022 Start

  • Submit application by January 3, 2022
  • Complete checklist items by January 10, 2022

Summer 2022 Start

  • Submit application by May 23, 2022
  • Complete checklist items by May 30, 2022

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

Tuition Costs

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. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • Any computer or tablet

Take advantage of a Direct Digital Access Program for discounted textbooks.

How To Apply

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Admissions Advisor.


Program Details

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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 criminal justice may be a right for you. Those in criminal justice 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
  • Probation/Parole Agent
  • State Trooper
  • Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Warden

$55,700 – $87,400 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.

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique?


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.


This program provides excellent preparation for careers in all areas of social services, criminal justice and law enforcement.

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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
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
College Program Name Credit Awards
Concordia University - WisconsinAny BachelorsUp to 84
Franklin UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Grand Canyon UniversityAny Bachelors10% tuition discount
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
MSOEBBA Technical SalesJunior 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
UW-WhitewaterBA Arts and Sciences60+
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBA/BS in Business Management & Leadership50-70


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