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Associate of Science (AS)

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.


Cost of Attendance


Police Patrol Officer

Median Wage (MT)* $54,070 yearly

Median Wage (US)* $61,050 yearly


Corrections Officer

Median Wage (MT)* $38,830 yearly

Median Wage (US)* $43,540 yearly 


Security Guard

Median Wage (MT)* $24,810 yearly

Median Wage (US)* $26,900 yearly


Private Detective/Investigator

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)

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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
  • Bailiff
  • Law Enforcement
  • Private Security
 Classes will be offered in on-campus and online formats at both campuses of MSU Billings


  • 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.
 Montana State University Billings is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Students who earn an AS degree with a Criminal Justice emphasis are encouraged to pursue their Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with Montana State University Billings.. Students have the opportunity to earn a BS in Criminal Justice. Contact the MSU Billings Advising Center at 406-657-2240 for further details.




City College at Montana State University Billings
3803 Central Avenue
Billings, Montana 59102

Email:  City College Admissions
Phone:  406-247-3000