Criminal Justice

What You'll Do: You will work in the field of law enforcement, corrections, court systems, loss safety and prevention, and other related areas. Criminal justice occupations have evolved from jobs with minimal requirements to employment positions that require complex knowledge and skills.

Where You'll Work: Federal, state, county, municipal levels of government, and private sectors of the criminal justice field.

Program Description: As part of the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Criminal Justice Degree at MCTC you can choose from four different tracks: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Corrections and Security and Loss Prevention. Progression in the Criminal Justice Program is contingent upon the achievement of a grade of “C” or better in each CRJ course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better. Graduation of an AAS Criminal Justice Degree is contingent on the completion of the approved post exit exam.

Length of Study: You can complete the AAS Criminal Justice Degree in two years as full-time student taking approximately 15 credit hours per semester.

Job Outlook: Depending on the program track you choose, the average hourly wage varies from $11.18 for a bailiff up to $30.78 for a criminal investigator.* Criminal background checks are currently not required for the Criminal Justice AAS Program; however, you should understand that certain disqualifiers may hinder employment in the field of criminal justice. Such disqualifies include, but are not limited to the following: criminal convictions, substance abuse, offensive social media activities, excessive traffic-related offenses and visible tattoos and body piercings. If you are interested in working in the criminal justice field you should research the requirements and disqualifiers of your desired areas or agencies of employment.

*Source: Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Department for Workforce Investment, Office of Employment and Training, Research and Statistics Branch. View the Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2020.

Program Location: Maysville Campus and Montgomery Extension

Program Check sheet

For more information please contact:
Kathleen Mellenkamp
Division Chair
(606) 759-7141 ext. 66121