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Criminal Justice Studies
Program Number: 105045
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Law, Protective and Human Services
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
60 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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$8,607.00 Tuition
$769.20 Materials/Supplemental Costs
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  • Program Overview

    Prepare for a career in law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections, warden and juvenile justice-related careers.

    The Criminal Justice associate degree program includes courses that:

    • Explore current topics like human trafficking, mass, spree and serial killers, and contemporary controversies around the administration of the death penalty.
    • Examine the evolution of forensic science and community policing
    • Study juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice.
    • Explain the legal foundation of interviewing and interrogation.

    Positions in the Criminal Justice fields often require a background investigation, psychological testing and drug testing. An applicant for employment as a law enforcement officer or to enter the Law Enforcement Academy must possess either a two-year associate degree from a Wisconsin technical college or its accredited equivalent from another state or a minimum of 60 fully accredited college-level credits.

    Program Details

    Students in the Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Program can attend full- or part-time.

    Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement classes are offered at the Madison College Truax campus, Protective Services Building.

    Careers in Criminal Justice

    Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of law enforcement including:

    • Law Enforcement Officers in city, county, state and federal law enforcement departments
    • Private Security Officers
    • Investigators
    • Correctional Officers
    • Juvenile Detention Workers

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Detectives
    • Sergeants
    • Lieutenants
    • Captains
    • Chiefs
    • Probation and Parole Officers

    Criminal Justice Jobs

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  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Recommended Electives
    Electives must be 10- or 20- level courses. It is recommended to complete this in third semester.
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Note: It is recommended to only apply for a semester that has already started if you are currently enrolled in classes or you have verified that classes are still available for that semester.

    Application Dates

    Spring 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023

    Fall 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion

    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing completion of an associate degree or higher
      • Note: Effective with the 2023-2024 year, this may be fulfilled with at least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

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  • Transfer Opportunities

    UW System Schools

    Madison College students who complete the Associate of Applied Science degree are guaranteed admission to UW-Platteville to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice major within the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences given that all admission requirements are met (minimum 2.0 transfer GPA, in good standing at previous institution). Refer to the Appendix A - Transfer Equivalency Guide Criminal Justice to see courses that transfer from the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Studies degree; a maximum of 72 credits can be transferred to UW-Platteville from 2-year institutions. Students will then complete the baccalaureate degree requirements at UW-Platteville including all remaining general education requirements and major requirements.

    Wisconsin Private Schools

    Students who receive an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Studies from Madison College will be guaranteed admission to Edgewood College (when students transfer directly from Madison College to Edgewood College within 5 years of completing the Associate Degree). Students would have the option of taking the Criminal Justice major or the Criminal Justice major with a Human Services Concentration at Edgewood College in the Social Science Department. A maximum of 72 credits may be transferred to Edgewood College from all combined coursework earned at two-year institutions, including Madison College. Only courses passed with a grade of “C-,” “CD,” or better will be accepted for transfer credit.
    Any Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.
  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to demonstrate:

    Communication Skills
    Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and through written documentation with clients, coworkers, other agencies and supervisors, by demonstrating listening skills, effective report writing, appropriate interview techniques, testifying in court and displaying sensitivity to diverse cultures and individuals.

    Community Skills
    Demonstrate community resource skills including, but not limited to, conflict resolution, media relations, media communications, safety instruction; and referrals to, assistance and/or collaboration with other public agencies.

    Interpersonal Skills
    Demonstrate desirable professional abilities including self-motivation, self-awareness, cooperative work and group facilitation skills.

    Analytical Skills
    Apply critical thinking skills for appropriate law enforcement decision-making.

    Legal Studies and Skills
    Use legal knowledge to enforce, interpret, and apply laws.

    Technical Skills
    Demonstrate appropriate technical skills in communication, observation, investigation, evaluation, and basic safety assistance in law enforcement situations.

    Tactical Skills
    Aware of appropriate procedures for crisis management and dispute resolution.

    Professional Standards
    Exhibit appropriate professional standards through the demonstration of personal ethics, leadership, stress management, professional growth through continuing education, and adherence to "chain of command."

    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates335
      Number of Surveys Sent235
      Number of Surveys Returned221
      Percent of Surveys Returned100.00%60.00%
      Available for Employment219
      Percent Available for Employment100.00%90.50%
      Not in Labor Market02
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%9.50%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed217
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%89.50%
      Employed in Related Occupation211
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.00%64.70%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation06
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.00%35.30%
      Employed - No Response00
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment02
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%10.50%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)23.4
      Number of Satisfaction Responses221
      Very Satisfied (4)08
      Percent Very Satisfied0.00%38.10%
      Satisfied (3)113
      Percent Satisfied50.00%61.90%
      Unsatisfied (2)00
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)10
      Percent Very Unsatisfied50.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses221
      Preparation for Getting a Job214
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job100.00%66.70%
      Career Change02
      Percent Career Change0.00%9.50%
      Improvement of Existing Skills01
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%4.80%
      Preparation for Further Education03
      Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%14.30%
      Personal Interest01
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%4.80%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses217
      Before Enrollment03
      Percent Before Enrollment0.00%17.60%
      While Attending the College04
      Percent While Attending the College0.00%23.50%
      After Training at the College210
      Percent After Training at the College100.00%58.80%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses217
      In College District213
      Percent In College District100.00%76.50%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District04
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%23.50%
      Outside of Wisconsin00
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown00
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend20202021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count27
      Average Monthly Wage$3,529$4,199
      Average Hourly Wage$20.52$24.41
      Average Work Hours per Week4441.8
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
      Average Hourly Wage$15.00
      Average Work Hours per Week16
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      American Family InsuranceIncident Management Specialist
      Burlington Coat FactoryAPI
      Cottage Grove Police DeptAdministrative AssistantCottage Grove
      CUNA Mutual GroupSecurity Operations Center Officer
      Janesville Police DeptPolice OfficerJanesville
      Sauk Prairie Police DeptCommunity Service OfficerSauk City
      SSM HealthSecurity Specialist
      UW Health Hospitals & ClinicsSecurity Officer
      Waukesha County SheriffDeputy SheriffWaukesha

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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