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Criminal Justice Program Details

Earn your degree in criminal justice at CVTC! A career in criminal justice is the right choice as our world has become more complex and the demand for criminal justice professionals has increased.

CVTC’s Criminal Justice program provides theoretical and practical information on various types of law, community policing, corrections, investigations, report writing, and professional communication. Other courses will strengthen your ability to interact with the public, work with people from diverse backgrounds, and clearly communicate in a professional manner verbally and in writing.

This program includes plenty of hands-on experience, including preparing you for entrance to the 720-hours of training that is required for certification by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Bureau of Training and Standards and the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board after you obtain 60 college credits.

Students may participate in a summer elective internship where they will have firsthand observation within a criminal justice agency of their choice.

Just the Facts

Criminal Justice
68 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program:
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire and River Falls

Start Dates

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $12,412

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Additional Information

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

Accreditation Information

How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application.  If you are ready to apply now, click here.

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Get a Job

93% of our Criminal Justice graduates get a job in the industry.

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Make More Money

Our recent Criminal Justice graduates reported an average starting salary of $41,710.

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Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Criminal Justice program.
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  • Law Enforcement Crisis Management
    Students will learn principles, guidelines, and techniques for law enforcement response to persons with possible mental disorders, alcohol or drug problems, dementia disorders, and/or developmental disabilities.
  • Patrol Procedures
    Learn a patrol officer's role, explanation of handling usual and unusual assignments, strategies of officer survival, patrol tactics, and traffic stops.
  • Criminal Investigation I and II Theory
    Learn principles of preliminary investigation, crime scene control, identification and collection of evidence, development of information, and court presentation of evidence.

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.


  • Department of Corrections Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Jail Deputy 
  • Police Officer
  • Probation Pro Agent
  • Security Officer

Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 1% growth is projected in criminal justice positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

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