Program Details

  • Award: Associate in Science
  • Credits: 60
  • Delivery: Face-to-face
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

MCTC's Criminal Justice Studies program will equip you to understand the causes of and means to prevent crime and to work effectively in the criminal justice field as a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or in the courts or probation fields. Your coursework will give you a broad professional education in the criminal justice system, including the workings of the police, courts and corrections departments and an understanding of how they work together. As a foundation for your studies, you will take liberal arts classes in related subjects such as psychology and sociology. Program courses will cover drugs in the community, juvenile justice, family violence, intercultural communications, the relationship between police officers and their communities, and more. By completing the A.S. degree in Criminal Justice Studies, you can easily transition to MCTC's Law Enforcement Certificate program to prepare yourself to take the state peace officer license examination. You must be a U.S. citizen to be licensed as a police officer in the state of Minnesota. There is a separate application process to enroll in the Law Enforcement Certificate Program. Call 651-999-7600 for details. To become a corrections officer or a police officer, you will be required to successfully pass extensive criminal background checks. A four-year degree is needed for some criminal justice positions. MCTC has an articulation agreement with Metropolitan State University. Where You Could Work Correctional institutions Criminal courts Community corrections departments Nonprofit court diversion programs

Program Locations

  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College 55403

Labor Market Information

  • Supervisors of Correctional Officers
  • Median wage:$33.95/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
  • Supervisors of Police Officers
  • Median wage:$41.29/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
  • College Criminal Justice Teachers
  • Median wage:$57,452/year-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
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Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minneapolis Community and Technical College