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




Gain skills to protect and care for the community while showing respect and compassion to all people. Learn to work well within a team, apply effective communication and hold accountability in order to secure peace, inspire hope and motivate positive change in the world.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2024 Start

  • Application Opens: September 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: August 5, 2024

Spring 2025 Start

  • Application Opens: April 1, 2024
  • Application Deadline: January 10, 2025

Summer 2024 Start

  • Application Opens: September 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: June 3, 2024

* Submit all checklist items by the application deadline. Apply early; 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

  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading, writing and math skills:
      • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
      • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
      • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
      • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to

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


Program Details

Questions? We'd love to help! Connect with our Enrollment team by filling out our online form or by email at

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.

  • Law Enforcement
  • Homeland Security – Private Security
  • Corrections – Probation Parole
  • Emergency Communications – 911
  • Crime Scene Forensic Investigator
  • Victim Witness Social Worker

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

$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.

Criminal Justice Studies

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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
Carroll UniversityBS Criminal Justice60
Lakeland UniversityCriminal Justice Bachelor's Options60+
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
Upper Iowa UniversityBS Criminal Justice21+electives
UW-MilwaukeeBS Criminal Justiceup to 57
UW-ParksideBA Criminal Justiceup to 57

There are currently no general college credit agreements for Criminal Justice Studies. For more information, contact your academic advisor.


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