Criminal Justice


Criminal justice careers include correctional officers and who oversee inmates in penal, rehabilitative or juvenile detention and may transport prisoners in transit.

Probation officers help rehabilitate law offenders in custody or on probation or parole and make assessments and recommendations for treatment or supervision plans of offenders.

Police officers enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, arrest violators and work to prevent crime.

Students have the opportunity to participate in traditional classes to transfer to a four-year school or a more specialized degree geared toward careers in police, courts and corrections. Those students interested in contemporary topics in criminal justice can enroll in the Saturday Series.

There are three ways you can enter this field

Student testimonials and interviews

"I like that we don't just focus on one thing. We spent time exploring them all. From the police academy to the jail, courthouse, crime scenes, the morgue, and in community, I've learned something valuable in each that I'll take with me even past graduation. I got to see the community. I got to experience the people and share their stories. I was a part of their stories. That's a relationship that never would have been possible without the Criminal Justice program." - Adrian Ausler, Kansas City, student

"I received so much more than just a degree. I was able to meet friends and it was more than I expected. The instructors helped me make it through the program. Mentally, it challenges you. It was definitely a life-changer." - Chessina Ward, Kansas City, student

Civil Rights Pilgrimage

The Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Brooks Institute is proud to support one of the college's premiere experiences, its annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage.

Since 2002, students, instructors and community members have traveled to the American South on a trip, exploring the rich cultural history of our country's civil rights movement.

Every spring, MCC hosts a four-day bus tour in April, traveling to destinations that mark milestone events, many consider sacred to the expression of freedom in the United States.

Learn more about the Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Career and salary information

Visit the MoSCORES website for information on MCC's programs, including length, credit hours, and wage and employment data. Search Metropolitan Community College. Note: The historical data listed is informational and can vary based on the number of credit hours students earn, local wage conditions and other factors.

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Transfer made simple

Many MCC students plan to transfer. Whatever your transfer destination, we'll work to make sure your credits move easily. That's why we're experts at it.

We've worked out specific transfer agreements with many four-year colleges and universities, so make sure you speak with an academic advisor before enrolling, particularly since transfer agreements can change based on curriculum revisions.

Learn more about MCC's seamless transfer

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