What is Criminal Justice?
In the Criminal Justice program, you will take in-depth criminal justice and law enforcement courses as well as Writing I and II, psychology, communications, government, sociology, and other courses to assist you on the job. When you have finished, you will understand the theory, principles, and techniques used by police, court administrators, institutional corrections officers, and community supervision officers. You will know how to perform traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, follow due process and procedures, collect and preserve evidence, arrest and prosecute violators of the law, and supervise professionals in criminal justice fields. This program also provides you a foundation for a pre-law degree.
What are my career choices?
Careers in criminal justice include local or state police, vehicle enforcement, institutional corrections, correctional supervision, and court administration. Get an associate degree in criminal justice or an associate degree with a law enforcement option and you can expect starting salaries, depending on the area, ranging from the upper $20,000 to low $30,000 range plus additional benefits such as a vehicle, health and life insurance, needed equipment and an excellent retirement package.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
- Criminal Justice
- Law Enforcement
- Advanced Law Enforcement
- Advanced Technologies in CRJ
- Community Reentry Specialist
- Computer Forensics
- Criminal Behavior
- Criminal Justice Core
- Industrial Safety and Security
- Law Enforcement
- Law Enforcement Certificate
For a printable copy of certificate course requirements, please contact the program coordinator or consult the KCTCS Catalog.
This program has no special admission requirements. Please consult MCC s general admission requirements.
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree with 61-64 credit hours. This can be completed in two years if you take the appropriate number of credit hours per semester.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.