Criminal Justice - Associate of Arts

The A.A. in Criminal Justice Program prepares students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or Criminology. The required courses will give students a foundation for studying policing techniques, courtroom operations, correctional methods, and other relevant topics. Additionally, this degree will prepare students for advanced studies in other social or political science disciplines. OTC CJ graduates are eligible for direct admission into the criminology programs at Missouri State University and Missouri Southern State University. Graduates will also be qualified for entry-level work in various criminal justice and human service positions.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Keep the community safe
Enforce the law and ensure justice
Pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminology or a related field
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Out-of-district Tuition: Click Here
Average Length: 2.3 Years
Credits: 60*
Graduation Retention Rate: 60%*

Possible Careers

Police officer
Corrections officer
Crime scene technician
Private investigator

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
General Education
credit hours
Program Specific Courses
credit hours
Institutional Electives

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Stephanie Davenport
Behavioral Science Department Chair


Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.

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