Program Description

The Criminal Justice Studies Associate Degree program is for learners who are passionate about protecting and serving their community. This program will help prepare you for a career as a police officer, sheriff’s deputy, conservation warden, probation parole officer, security officer or corrections officer. A variety of hands-on learning opportunities are infused with theory throughout this program. Learners will have the opportunity to obtain one of two certifications that are recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Justice in either Corrections or Juvenile Supervision.

Approximate Cost

$10,402
Tuition: $9397 , Books: $1005

Starting Salary

$40,456
Average, based on the annual Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

Students Enjoy…

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

70-80 %
at Wausau
20-30 %
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Interact with others
  • Communicate effectively
  • Conduct investigations
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Manage emergencies
  • Think critically

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Corrections Officer
  • Park Ranger
  • Conservation Warden
  • Security Officer
  • Probation / Parole
  • Police Officer
  • Sheriff's Deputy

Courses

The Criminal Justice Studies Associate Degree is a 61 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

CAREERS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM 3.00
CURRENT EVENTS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3.00
COMMUNICATION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Second Term

CRIMINAL LEGAL SYSTEM 3.00
REPORT DOCUMENTATION 3.00
JUVENILE JUSTICE AND JURISDICTION 2.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00

Third Term

PRINCIPLES OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 3.00
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION 3.00
TRAFFIC INVESTIGATION 3.00
CPR/ADVANCED FIRST AID 1.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
SPEECH 3.00
MARRIAGE & FAMILY 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00

Fourth Term

POLICE ETHICS 2.00
PATROL PROCEDURES 2.00
INTERVIEWS/INTERROGATIONS 3.00
CRIMINAL JUSTICE PORTFOLIO 2.00
PROFESSIONAL FITNESS 1.00
POLICE AND YOUR COMMUNITY 3.00
ELECTIVE 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

The following transfer guides executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions are based on articulation agreements and are a guide to provide an easy way to understand how credits transfer.

School Name Degree Name
American Public University B.A. in Criminal Justice, Gen. Concentration
American Public University B.A. in Criminal Justice, Maritime Law Concentration
American Public University B.A. in Criminal Justice, Organizational Law Enforcement Con.
Ashford University B.A. in Law Enforcement Administration
Ashford University B.A. in Social and Criminal Justice
Bellevue University Online Public Safety
Lakeland University Criminal Justice
Lakeland University Psychology - Brain and Behavior and Clinical/Counseling emphases
Marian University Criminal Justice
Northern Michigan University BS in Applied Workplace Leadership
Rasmussen College Accelerated Business Management
Rasmussen College Accelerated Business Systems Analysis
Rasmussen College Accelerated Criminal Justice - Leadership and Management
Rasmussen College Accelerated Early Childhood Education Leadership
Rasmussen College Accelerated Finance
Rasmussen College Accelerated Healthcare Management
Rasmussen College Accelerated Human Resources and Organizational Leadership
Rasmussen College Accelerated Human Services
Rasmussen College Accelerated Marketing-Digital Marketing
Rasmussen College Accelerated Supply Chain and Logistics Management
Rasmussen College Criminal Justice
Upper Iowa University Criminal Justice
Upper Iowa University Public Administration
UW Green Bay Bachelor of Applied Studies-Integrative Leadership Studies
UW Oshkosh B.S. in Human Services Leadership
UW Oshkosh BAS in Organizational Studies
UW Parkside Criminal Justice
UW Platteville Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
UW Stevens Point Bachelor of Applied Studies in Organizational Leadership
UW Whitewater B.S.E. El Ed (Cert in EC Reg.ED/ECSP) (State-wide agreement)
UW Whitewater Criminology
UW-Eau Claire Criminal Justice
UW-Oshkosh BAS in Public Safety

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

The optional Corrections and/or Juvenile Supervision certification tracks of this program require a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

Fill out our application

The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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Then, submit one of the following

Documentation can be sent via email to admissions@ntc.edu, via mail, addressed to: Northcentral Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, or delivered in person to any NTC campus.

  • High school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Contact the high school you attended if you do not have a copy of your transcript.
  • ACT composite score of 18 or above. Request an ACT College Report from ACT or contact the high school you graduated from if you do not have a copy on hand.
  • Accuplacer scores of 47 or above in math, 74 or above in reading, and 79 or above in sentence skills. If you did not take the Accuplacer at NTC, contact the college at which you took it to obtain a copy of your scores.
  • College transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over a minimum of 12 credits, earned at a single college.

If you do not meet any one of the above criteria, don’t worry, complete the application anyway and we will contact you to discuss your options.

What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.