The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Administration of Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for a variety of careers in the criminal justice field, including law enforcement, corrections, probation, and social services in community-based organizations and agencies.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Degree
- Academic Plan
- Administration of Justice Studies (AAS)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Available Online
This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.
|Occupation / Title||Annual Median Wage|
|First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers||$52,270|
|First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives||$92,030|
|Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists||$55,280|
|Social and Human Service Assistants||$29,960|
|Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.|
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
|ENG101||First-Year Composition||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of "C" or better in ENG091 or ESL097.||FYC||3|
|MAT112||Mathematical Concepts and Applications||Prerequisites: An appropriate mathematics placement score, OR a grade of "C" or better for MAT090, or MAT091, or MAT092, OR (an appropriate diagnostic score, or a grade of "C" or better in each of the following courses: MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057).||OR satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course||Mathematics||3|
|AJS101||Introduction to Criminal Justice||RC||3|
|AJS230||The Police Function||RC||3|
|ENG102||First-Year Composition||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101.||FYC||3|
|AJS109||Substantive Criminal Law||RC||3|
|AJS240||The Correction Function||RC||3|
|AJS123||Ethics and the Administration of Justice||HU||3|
|Natural Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area.||NS||4|
|Introduction to Human Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication||No requisites or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent. or No requisites||Oral Comm||3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: (A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107) and (appropriate reading placement test score or a grade of C or better in RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or permission of Instructor).||OR equivalent as indicated by assessment||Critical Reading||3|
|AJS212||Juvenile Justice Procedures||RC||3|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area.||AJS200 or AJS258 or AJS270 recommended courses||SB||3|
|AJS275||Criminal Investigation I||RC||3|
|AJS260||Procedural Criminal Law||RC||3|
|Any AJS+++course or Any JUD+++course||RE||15–18|
If a student is test exempt in CRE101, an additional 3 credit AJS elective class will be required.
It is recommended that Term 3 courses be taken during the Summer.
A Certificate of Completion specialization should be considered to meet AJS elective courses, a total of 15-18 credits.
Ready to get started?
Follow one of the options below to get started on your personal career pathway.
Click here for MCC’s easy-to-use Enrollment Steps.
Ask general questions over the phone at 480-461-7400 or via online chat.
Program Area Key
- Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
- FYC = First Year Composition
- HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
- Mathematics = Mathematics
- NS = Natural Science
- Oral Comm = Oral Communication
- PP = Program Prerequisite
- SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
- RC = Required Courses
- RE = Restricted Electives
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Administration of Justice Studies (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=125836).
* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.