Applied Studies: Criminal Justice at a glance
North Central University’s Applied Studies: Criminal Justice program will prepare you for a career in criminal justice as a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or in the courts or probation fields. Offered in partnership with Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC), you’ll earn a bachelor’s degree from North Central and an associate’s degree from MCTC while pursuing a fulfilling career in an in-demand field.
What sets us apart
Skills you’ll gain
When you graduate from the Criminal Justice program, you’ll be prepared with skills and knowledge in:
- Causes of crime
- Means to prevent crime
- The criminal justice system
- Drugs in a community
- Juvenile justice
- Family violence
- Intercultural communications
- The relationship between police officers and communities
- Processes of police, courts, and corrections departments
- How criminal justice systems work together
Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:
- Law Enforcement Officer
- Correction Officer
- Court Clerk
- Probation Officer
- Pretrial Services Officer
- Parole Officer
- Correctional Treatment Specialist
You could work in a variety of settings, including:
- Correctional institutions
- Criminal courts
- Community corrections departments
- Nonprofit court diversion programs
Minors & supporting programs
We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:
- Alcohol & Drug Counseling
- Campus Missions
- Intercultural Studies
- Leadership Development
- Urban Studies
See the full list of minors and supporting programs.
Dale Houghton ‘12
"The student to professor ratio is wonderful. I loved that the professors not only knew who I was, but took a vested interest in my life and career, encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone to advance my career."
All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete an Applied Studies: Criminal Justice degree.
Want to learn more?
Download the one sheet!
Simply fill in your info on the form to download the informational one sheet that covers:
- An overview of the program
- Classes you’ll take
- Exciting jobs you can get after graduation
Interested in earning your degree in Applied Studies: Criminal Justice at NCU?