Criminal Justice Studies

Associate Degree

Program Number: 105045

Credits: 60

Area of Study: Law, Protective and Human Services

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*
Some Online / Some In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $8,460.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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 may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax
  • Madison - South
  • Reedsburg
  • Portage
  • Fort Atkinson
Criminal Justice Program at Madison College


To Apply

After Acceptance

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


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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."


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

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates3
    Number of Surveys Sent2
    Number of Surveys Returned2
    Percent of Surveys Returned100.0%
    Available for Employment2
    Percent Available for Employment100.0%
    Not in Labor Market0
    Percent Not in Labor Market0.0%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed2
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%
    Employed in Related Occupation2
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.0%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation0
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.0%
    Employed - No Response0
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%
    Seeking Employment0
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)2
    Number of Satisfaction Responses2
    Very Satisfied (4)0
    Percent Very Satisfied0.0%
    Satisfied (3)1
    Percent Satisfied50.0%
    Unsatisfied (2)0
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)1
    Percent Very Unsatisfied50.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses2
    Preparation for Getting a Job2
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job100.0%
    Career Change0
    Percent Career Change0.0%
    Improvement of Existing Skills0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.0%
    Preparation for Further Education0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education0.0%
    Personal Interest0
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    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses2
    Before Enrollment0
    Percent Before Enrollment0.0%
    While Attending the College0
    Percent While Attending the College0.0%
    After Training at the College2
    Percent After Training at the College100.0%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses2
    In College District2
    Percent In College District100.0%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District0
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.0%
    Outside of Wisconsin0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown0
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend2020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count2
    Average Monthly Wage$3,529
    Average Hourly Wage$20.52
    Average Work Hours per Week44.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
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Related Programs

Our Criminal Justice Programs do not have a uniform requirement.