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Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $50,388.
Student Satisfaction
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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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  • Program Overview

    The Criminal Justice associate degree program provides the academic and professional training necessary to prepare for a career in law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections, warden, and juvenile justice related careers. The 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.


    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

    Meet the Faculty
    Criminal Justice Program at Madison College
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    Watch the video to meet the faculty of the Madison College criminal justice program.

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 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 take one each in the third and fourth semester.
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • 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

    Fall 2022

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2022

    Spring 2023

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

    Fall 2023

    • Application opens on September 15, 2022
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application opens on February 1, 2023
    • 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.

  • 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

    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

      2020 2021
      Number of Program Graduates 3 35
      Number of Surveys Sent 2 35
      Number of Surveys Returned 2 21
      Percent of Surveys Returned 100.00% 60.00%
      Available for Employment 2 19
      Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 90.50%
      Not in Labor Market 0 2
      Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 9.50%
      Available for Employment

      2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 2 17
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 89.50%
      Employed in Related Occupation 2 11
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 64.70%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 6
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 35.30%
      Employed - No Response 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 0 2
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 10.50%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2020 2021
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 2 3.4
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 2 21
      Very Satisfied (4) 0 8
      Percent Very Satisfied 0.00% 38.10%
      Satisfied (3) 1 13
      Percent Satisfied 50.00% 61.90%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 1 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 50.00% 0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2020 2021
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 2 21
      Preparation for Getting a Job 2 14
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 100.00% 66.70%
      Career Change 0 2
      Percent Career Change 0.00% 9.50%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 0 1
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 4.80%
      Preparation for Further Education 0 3
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 14.30%
      Personal Interest 0 1
      Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 4.80%
      Other 0 0
      Percent Other 0.00% 0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2020 2021
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 2 17
      Before Enrollment 0 3
      Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 17.60%
      While Attending the College 0 4
      Percent While Attending the College 0.00% 23.50%
      After Training at the College 2 10
      Percent After Training at the College 100.00% 58.80%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2020 2021
      Number of Employment Location Responses 2 17
      In College District 2 13
      Percent In College District 100.00% 76.50%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 4
      Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 23.50%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2020 2021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 7
      Average Monthly Wage $3,529 $4,199
      Average Hourly Wage $20.52 $24.41
      Average Work Hours per Week 44 41.8
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1
      Average Hourly Wage $15.00
      Average Work Hours per Week 16
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      American Family Insurance Incident Management Specialist
      Burlington Coat Factory API
      Cottage Grove Police Dept Administrative Assistant Cottage Grove
      CUNA Mutual Group Security Operations Center Officer
      Janesville Police Dept Police Officer Janesville
      Sauk Prairie Police Dept Community Service Officer Sauk City
      SSM Health Security Specialist
      UW Health Hospitals & Clinics Security Officer
      Waukesha County Sheriff Deputy Sheriff Waukesha

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