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Metropolitan Community College Criminal Justice Program

Criminal Justice

Program Overview

MCC Campus(s):
MCC-Blue River: Police Academy
MCC-Longview: Melissa Eaton, 816.604.2310
MCC-Maple Woods: Karen Curls, 816.604.4284
MCC-Penn Valley: Karen Curls, 816.604.4284


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.  

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.

Introduction to the Criminal Justice Program

There are three ways you can enter this field:

Associate in Applied Science degree


Associate in Arts: Criminal Justice Emphasis

  • Choose this degree if you plan to transfer and take two years of college credit with you. Our transfer agreements make this an easy transition to four-year colleges and universities like UMKC and others.  Examples of classes taken include:
    • Intro to Criminal Justice
    • Criminology
    • American Corrections
    • Juvenile Delinquency
    • Criminal Investigation

 Check with your transfer school and your MCC academic advisor for the most accurate and timely transfer information.


Police Academy


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a degree to work in the field of criminal justice?

Degree requirements vary with each agency. Some local agencies require only a high school education while others require two-years of college credit. Most federal agencies require a four-year degree.

How long does it take to earn a degree in criminal justice?

Full time students can complete the Associate of Arts or Associate in Applied Science degrees in six semesters.

Will my credits transfer to other colleges or universities?

Yes, both the Associate of Arts and Associate in Applied Science degrees transfer to several four-year colleges and universities.

Is there an opportunity for a criminal justice internship?

Yes, after completing 15 credit hours in criminal justice coursework, you are eligible to apply and complete an internship with a criminal justice agency in the area of study you are interested in.

What are the advantages of taking classes at MCC?

We deliver the most cost-effective career preparation in Kansas City, MO. We are a publicly funded college with quality programs and full accreditation.

  • Hands-on, interactive learning environment.
  • Small classes assure you get personal attention.
  • Exceptional instructors.
  • Our graduates are in demand.

Job Opportunities

Criminal Justice

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MCC Criminal Justice Student Testimonials

"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