Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Associate Degree

Program Code: 105046

Graduates of this two-year program are prepared to meet the rewarding challenges of the police profession, including criminal investigation; constitutional, traffic and criminal law; patrol procedure; crime scene practices; and use of force and driving skills. Students graduating from the program will be certifiable as a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin. This program is recognized and endorsed by the state of Wisconsin Department of Justice Training and Standards Bureau. Typical careers in this field include police officer, deputy sheriff, DNR officer, state trooper, military law enforcement officer, private investigator, and correctional officer as well as careers in corporate security, loss prevention, U.S. customs, transportation security administration and border patrol.

Employment Potential

Law Enforcement Officer: performs general traffic and law enforcement duties at the municipal level.

  • Deputy Sheriff: performs general traffic and law enforcement duties, jailer, and telecommunications responsibilities at the county level.
  • DNR Officer: enforces fish, game, forest, and environmental laws at the state level.
  • State Trooper: performs traffic and law enforcement duties at the state level.
  • Military Law Enforcement Officer: performs criminal investigations, is responsible for traffic assignments, patrol, and general law enforcement duties in any branch of the military service at installations, forts, and bases.
  • Private Investigator: conducts criminal and noncriminal investigations for private businesses and industries.
  • Security Officer: patrols and investigates for retail business and private industrial plants.
  • Correctional Officer: is assigned to security and general duties in a correctional institution.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

  • Police or Sheriff Administrator
  • Specialized Units (K-9, SWAT, etc.)
  • State Agent
  • Federal Agent
  • Jail/Correctional Officer

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Completed application.
  • Student packet completed which includes: presentation of U.S Citizenship approved documents to the Public Safety Office, Form DJ-LE-327 (with essays completed), declaration, program policies & rules, code of ethics, waiver of liability, criminal background check, medical assessment, and other forms as designated by the Department of Justice.
  • Students will be required to participate in and pass a physical fitness exam prior to starting the second semester of this program. Students must also pass a fitness test at the completion of the program to obtain their certifiability status. Click on the link to the Physical Readiness Testing site below to view a list of fitness test events and minimum passing scores for the pre and post test.
  • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
  • An official high school transcript, or equivalent, showing proof of graduation. (For a list of equivalents, go to
  • Students who apply to this program must be a United States citizen in accordance with the Department of Justice. Proof of citizenship must be presented to the Public Safety office prior to full program acceptance and entry into the first semester courses.
  • Students must have a valid driver's license and be eligible to drive college vehicles under the college's insurance carrier. An assessment of the student's driving record will take place at the time the student packet is turned in.

Application Checklist

Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement associate degree in the number of semesters shown. All core Law Enforcement curriculum must be completed within three years to obtain Department of Justice certifiability.
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Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a "C" or better.

Students must obtain a "C" or better in all 10-504-XXX classes to move forward with each semester.


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Industry Credentials

Students who successfully complete this program will be certifiable as a law enforcement officer in the state of Wisconsin.


  • Due to Department of Justice - Training and Standards Bureau requirements, transfer of credits for core criminal justice courses will not be accepted. The exception to this would be if the courses are from another Wisconsin Technical College authorized as a certified Department of Justice - Training and Standards training academy.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seek opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit

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