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Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway

What it is

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.

Award Requirements and Course Descriptions & Outlines

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the underlying philosophies, history, processes, components, and best practices of the CJ system (i.e., police, courts, correctional agencies).
  2. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication and the appropriate use and synthesis of reliable information sources with proper attribution.
  3. Analyze the role of ethics, diversity, culture, political power, and corporate power on the components of the CJ system.
  4. Evaluate the nature, extent, causation, and prevention of crime and critique the major criminological theories.
  5. Apply the principles of substantive, procedural, and evidentiary criminal laws that regulate and guide the CJ system and its actors.
  6. Apply classroom-based information to a real-world setting (e.g., social support agency, police department, courtroom, correctional facility) and critically examine the practices, policies, or processes of that setting.