This program is designed for students who would like to earn an associate degree with a concentration in criminal justice and have the ability to transfer to a baccalaureate criminal justice program. Students complete general education, criminal justice, and elective courses in the plan of study to help prepare for careers in law enforcement, corrections, probation, or private security. For more information on opportunities to further this degree, please see the Pathways section at the bottom of this page.
Criminal Justice - Associate of Science
This program will cost about $10,580* based on current tuition and fees.
*Estimate is in-state tuition for a Montana resident. Tuition and fees are subject to change and do not include books, housing, or supplies.
Detailed Cost Information
Police Patrol Officer
|Median Wage (MT)*||$54,070 yearly|
|Median Wage (US)*||$61,050 yearly|
|Median Wage (MT)*||$38,830 yearly|
|Median Wage (US)*||$43,540 yearly|
|Median Wage (MT)*||$24,810 yearly|
|Median Wage (US)*||$26,900 yearly|
|Median Wage (MT)*||$40,650 yearly|
|Median Wage (US)*||$50,700 yearly|
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau; (2017)
With a Criminal Justice degree, you will find employment in a variety of settings, such as:
- Police Office
- Corrections Officer
- Security Guard
- Airport Security
- Body Guard
- Law Enforcement
- Private Security
ADMISSION TO CITY COLLEGE
- First-time college students must have high school diplomas from an accredited high school, a GED/HiSET, or passed the MSUB Readiness Exam offered through our university.
- Transfer students will need to submit records from all regionally accredited institutions.
Students who earn an AS degree with a Criminal Justice emphasis are encouraged to pursue their Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Students have the opportunity to earn a BS in Criminal Justice within the Department of Social Sciences & Cultural Studies through MSU Billings' College of Arts & Sciences. Contact the MSU Billings Advising Center at 406-657-2240 for further details.
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE (AS) BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BS)
Students who earn an AS degree with a Criminal Justice emphasis at City College have the option to pursue their Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice through MSU Northern. This articulation agreement allows students to complete the final two years of their Bachelor's degree fully online. Students interested in this opportunity should contact MSU Northern's admission office at 406-265-3704.