Criminal Justice—Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree

About 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 studies, such as computer forensics, corrections, security, and social services.

The Criminal Justice AA provides the foundational courses in sociology, psychology, criminology, and law that you need to continue your studies at a four-year school.

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Total Costs of Criminal Justice AAS

(in-district) Total Amount: $11,161

Credit Hours to Complete: 63

Weeks to Complete: 64

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

Total Criminal Justice AAS Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $7,025 $23,292 $29,256 $29,256
Additional Costs $4,136 $4,136 $4,136 $4,136
Program Total $11,161 $27,428 $33,392 $33,392

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

Outside of the Classroom

The MCC 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.

  • Mission

    The mission of McHenry County College’s Criminal Justice Program is to develop students who are skilled in the basic concepts and terminology they will need to intelligently analyze the process of American Criminal Justice as it unfolds on a daily basis across the country. MCC students shall be distinguishable by their critical thinking, effective communication, professionalism, and technical competency. Students will use current and contemporary practices to demonstrate mastery in the Program Learning Outcomes. Students who graduate from the criminal justice program may work in law enforcement as a police officer, school resource officer, evidence technician, a community service officer, or may work in the court system or correctional system. Though the AAS is not designed as a transfer degree, students may also choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree after completing the AAS in Criminal Justice.

  • Program Learning Objectives
    1. Students will be able to analyze information about the criminal justice system as measured by effective study and research.
    2. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to think critically and be open to new ideas and perspectives as exhibited in classroom discussions.
    3. Students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of and commitment to ethical behavior in criminal justice as measured by examination and written reports.
    4. Students will use written and verbal communication skills necessary to work in the criminal justice community as measured by the presentation of research papers.

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

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