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.
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.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.
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
- Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
- Submit official high school transcript.
- Complete placement assessment.
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
- 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.
$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.
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
- Deputy Sheriff
- Private or Corporate Security Officer
- Correctional Officer