Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway

Program Description

The Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway A.S. offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities*. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

The Criminal Justice Studies program provides you with a broad professional education in the criminal justice system, including an understanding of how the police, courts and corrections departments operate and work together. The curriculum equips you to understand the causes of and means to prevent crime and to work effectively in the criminal justice field.

*This transfer pathway in Associate of Science in Criminal Justice will transfer to the following majors:

  • Bemidji State University: Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Emphasis
  • Metropolitan State University-Criminal Justice, B.A.
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato-Criminal Justice, B.S.
  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead-Criminal Justice, B.A.
  • St. Cloud State University-Criminal Justice, B.A.


  • Minneapolis College’s Criminal Justice Studies program gives you wide-ranging professional preparation for roles in law enforcement, corrections, the courts and the probation field.
  • The curriculum provides you with comprehensive training in the criminal justice system as well as training on specific topics such as drugs in the community, juvenile justice, family violence and intercultural communications.
  • A path to peace officer licensing – The A.S. degree in Criminal Justice Studies easily transitions to Minneapolis College’s Law Enforcement Certificate program which prepares students for the state peace officer license examination.

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

Job opportunities for correctional officers are expected to be favorable, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which states that employment of correctional officers is expected to grow 9 percent between 2008 and 2018. Mandatory sentencing guidelines calling for longer sentences and reduced parole for inmates are a primary reason for increasing incarceration rates. Some employment opportunities also will arise in the private sector, as it is becoming more common for State and Federal corrections agencies to use private prisons.

Potential Job Titles

  • Law enforcement officer
  • Correctional officer
  • Court clerk
  • Probation officer

Where You Could Work

  • Correctional institutions
  • Criminal courts
  • Community corrections departments
  • Nonprofit court diversion programs