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Madison WI 53704

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Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 105041


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

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

Criminal Justice Program at Madison College


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

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 the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.



Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester



3 Credits

Fourth Semester



3 Credits


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

Criminal Justice Jobs

Find open jobs in this industry on Wisconsin TechConnecttm. Registration Required.


  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 54 71 35
    Number of Surveys Sent 54 71 34
    Number of Surveys Returned 32 48 16
    Percent of Surveys Returned 59.30% 67.60% 47.10%
    Available for Employment 28 44 14
    Percent Available for Employment 87.50% 91.70% 87.50%
    Not in Labor Market 4 4 2
    Percent Not in Labor Market 12.50% 8.30% 12.50%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 21 40 10
    Percent of Graduates Employed 75.00% 90.90% 71.40%
    Employed in Related Occupation 6 21 7
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 28.60% 52.50% 70.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 15 19 3
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 71.40% 47.50% 30.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 7 4 4
    Percent Seeking Employment 25.00% 9.10% 28.60%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.5 3.4 3.6
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 32 48 16
    Very Satisfied 18 21 10
    Percent Very Satisfied 56.30% 43.80% 62.50%
    Satisfied 13 26 6
    Percent Satisfied 40.60% 54.20% 37.50%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 1 1 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 3.10% 2.10% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 32 48 16
    Preparation for Getting a Job 15 27 7
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 46.90% 56.30% 43.80%
    Career Change 6 6 6
    Percent Career Change 18.80% 12.50% 37.50%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 2 2 2
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 6.30% 4.20% 12.50%
    Preparation for Further Education 6 10 1
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 18.80% 20.80% 6.30%
    Personal Interest 2 3 0
    Percent Personal Interest 6.30% 6.30% 0.00%
    Other 1 0 0
    Percent Other 3.10% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 20 40 10
    Before Enrollment 6 12 3
    Percent Before Enrollment 30.00% 30.00% 30.00%
    While Attending the College 6 9 2
    Percent While Attending the College 30.00% 22.50% 20.00%
    After Training at the College 8 19 5
    Percent After Training at the College 40.00% 47.50% 50.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 21 40 10
    In College District 14 29 7
    Percent In College District 66.70% 72.50% 70.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 5 5 2
    Percent of In Wisconsin 23.80% 12.50% 20.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 1
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 4.80% 2.50% 10.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 5 0
    Percent Location Unknown 4.80% 12.50% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 15 27 8
    Average Monthly Wage $2,670 $2,865 $3,511
    Average Hourly Wage $15.52 $16.66 $20.41
    Average Work Hours per Week 39.4 43.2 41.8
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 4 5 1
    Average Hourly Wage $12.43 $10.58 $15.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 29.8 27.1 16
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open
    TechConnect Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 211 634
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 137 289
    Total Jobs 348 923
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Blanchardville Police Dept Police Officer Blanchardville
    Dane County Sheriff's Office 911 Dispatcher
    Dane County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff
    Oregon Department Of Corrections Corrections Officer Portland OR
    Sauk County Sheriff's Dept Deputy Sheriff Baraboo
    UW - Madison Police Dept Police Officer

    * - TechConnect jobs are through the Wisconsin Technical College System.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.


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Uniform Requirement

The following uniform requirement is for all students enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program and attending criminal justice classes in Madison.

  1. The required uniform is a navy blue polo shirt with program logo or Criminal Justice Association-issued polo, uniform or dress pants, black belt and a closed toe black work shoe/boot. This uniform will be worn for all criminal justice class sessions. All uniforms will be worn correctly - no alterations are acceptable. 
  2. Students may choose to wear a black or dark blue long sleeve t-shirt or turtle neck under their uniform shirts when appropriate due to weather conditions. All shirts worn must be tucked in at all times.
  3. Denim jeans are not permitted.