Criminal Justice Studies Associate Degree | Northcentral Technical College

Criminal Justice Studies

Associate Degree

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, park ranger, 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.

program at a Glance

Criminal Justice Studies 70 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo Partially Available
  • Medford Partially Available
  • Phillips Partially Available
  • Spencer Partially Available
  • Wittenberg General Studies Only

Approximate Cost

$12,542 (Tuition: $10681, Books: $1861)

Average Starting Salary

$34,414 Annually, based on the 2016 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

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

Potential Careers

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

Course List

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Course List

Program Accreditation

The program is certified by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

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Additional program Information

Criminal Background Check

This program requires 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.

Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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