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Career Area: Law, Public Safety and Security
Associate Degree
Program Number: 10-504-2
Approximately 2 Years to Complete
This is based on full-time enrollment. Actual time to completion may vary based on the availability of courses a college offers and the number of credits the student takes in any given time period.
Credit Program
Most credit programs are eligible for financial aid, while most non-credit certificates provide valuable work-related skills on a short timeline. Check with the college offering the program to determine if it is eligible for financial aid.
Average Annual Tuition: $4303.5
This is based on one year of full-time enrollment for in-state students. WTCS tuition is set by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board in March for the following year. It does not include books, materials or program/college-related fees.

Criminal Justice Careers

Recent Wisconsin job postings for this degree:

Correctional Officer
Security Officer
Home Detention Specialist
Community Support Person
Youth Counselor

Average Median Wage

$45998

Criminal Justice Programs

The Criminal Justice program is an accredited two-year associate of applied science degree program that prepares students for positions in a variety of criminal justice careers ranging from least restrictive settings, such as group homes, to highly restrictive maximum-security prisons.

Students may begin criminal justice employment immediately upon graduation, continue on with their four-year degree, or work to get the combination of work and education required for specific positions such as probation and parole agent. Many current professionals enroll in the program to enhance career advancement opportunities.

This program focuses on the “soft skills” necessary for success in this field. Students are trained in paraprofessional counseling skills focused on the empowerment model. Many counties require the associate of applied science degree or 60 college credits. A graduate of Moraine Park’s program, once hired in these jail positions, can expect to earn $15 to $16 per hour.

The field of criminal justice needs people with high ethical standards, positive human values, supportive attitudes and effective listening and negotiating skills.

Criminal Justice Part of a Career Pathway Program Transfers Offered completely online Shared Program
Moraine Park Criminal Justice at Moraine Park