Criminal Justice

Program Type: Major, Minor
Program Level: Undergraduate, Associate
Department: Social Sciences


Feel called to serve and protect? Earn the knowledge and skills at Mount Marty that you need to excel in this high-demand field. Our Criminal Justice program prepares students for a wide variety of positions in the criminal justice profession, including:

  • local, state and federal law enforcement;
  • institutional and community corrections;
  • juvenile justice;
  • social and human services;
  • further education in law or graduate school.

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Are you considering getting your Bachelor’s degree? Now’s the time to take the next step as we’ve made it even easier to make a difference through a degree plan catered to your busy schedule.

The first of its kind in the state of South Dakota, Criminal Justice and Human Service degree students now attend classes using a Flex Option course structure. Students meet twice per week, one class on campus and one class is online – either lived or recorded. You can attend the second class on campus as well if you prefer to learn on-campus. By taking two classes per week, and having one of those classes available to attend online, it cuts class times from sixteen weeks to eight weeks. The combination is a win for all, reducing the length of time it takes to graduate and allowing greater flexibility to complete required courses.

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Our Watertown criminal justice faculty are professionals in the field who offer real-world experiences to their students. You’ll work closely with them to examine the criminal justice system and how each piece of the system works to provide society with vital services, control and stability.

Our small class sizes allow for individual attention to help you grow personally and professionally as you gain in-depth knowledge in these areas:

  • criminal investigations
  • criminal law
  • criminal procedure
  • policing
  • correction
  • juvenile justice
  • drugs
  • alcohol
  • and crime and private security.

Students will complete a professional internship and service learning experience. The Watertown campus works closely with area police departments and other law enforcement agencies to provide opportunities for students that put classroom knowledge to work in the field.

Are you a transfer student hoping to gain your bachelor’s degree at MMC after completing an associate degree at LATI? Take advantage of a simplified transfer process thanks to an articulation agreement between our two schools. Students enrolled in an academic degree program at LATI who complete all requirements for their designated Associate of Applied Science in law enforcement may transfer to MMC to complete their B.A. in criminal justice.

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