Criminal Justice

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.

Program Name: 
Criminal Justice
Program Number: 
10-504-2
Type of Degree/Diploma: 
Associate Degree
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  • Program transfers from this college to other institutions.* Click icon for college transfer info.
  • Program can be completed entirely online at this college.
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Employment Snapshot

Median Salary Six Months After Graduation: 
$33,277

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