About the Criminal Justice AAS

MCC’s Criminal Justice AAS helps you develop the skills, knowledge and attitude necessary for employment and advancement as a law enforcement officer. The degree also serves as a foundation for associated professions that require advanced study, such as probation, parole, corrections and social services.

Total Cost of Criminal Justice AAS

(in-district) Total Amount: $10,368.00

Credit Hours to Complete: 63

Weeks to Complete: 64

Criminal Justice Degree Requirements

Criminal Justice AAS Gainful Employment Disclosure Data

What makes MCC's Criminal Justice AAS program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

  • Student Police Academy (CJS 290) provides an opportunity for you to put your book learning to practical application. The class features a variety of hands-on activities, including defense tactics, handcuffing, Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) and building entry, crime scene investigation and firearms simulations.

What you need to know about getting your Criminal Justice AAS (CIP 43.0107 )

Total Criminal Justice AAS Costs
  in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $6,930.00 $24,391.00 $29,606.00 $29,606.00
Additional Criminal Justice AAS Costs $3,438.00 $3,438.00 $3,438.00 $3,438.00
Program Total $10,368.00 $27,829.00 $33,044.00 $33,044.00


Occupations that Criminal Justice AAS prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Bailiffs 33-3011
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary 25-1111
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 33-3021
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 33-3051
Private Detectives and Investigators 33-9021

How will MCC's Criminal Justice AAS program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

Ask about internships.

By the Numbers:

  • Salary Range $40,000 to $75,000

Outside of the Classroom

The McHenry County College Student Police Academy is a 16-week credit class that consists of a variety of police related topics and hands-on activities, including defense tactics, handcuffing, SWAT and building entry, crime scene investigation and firearm simulations. Classroom discussions include domestic violence, ethics and specialized officer training.

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MCC Criminal Justice students practice entering a building during a simulated tactical raid as part of their Student Police Academy class.
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Lakewood police Sgt. Todd Richardson talks to MCC Student Police Academy participants about tactical thinking and officer safety during a hands-on class session where they learned about clearing a building.
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Lakewood Police Sgt. Todd Richardson explains the importance of officer safety during a SWAT exercise to members of MCC’s Student Police Academy, which provides students with an overview of topics and scenarios taught at an actual police academy. Students practiced tactical thinking and entering a building safely.


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