Administration of Justice, Associate in Science for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer degree (AS-T in Administration of Justice) prepares students for transfer into the California State University system to pursue bachelor’s degree programs in Administration of Justice, similar justice studies programs and a career in the field of the administration of justice and public safety. Students must complete the Associate Degree for Transfer requirements to earn the AS-T degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate and evaluate the requirements and limitations of justice professionals, including critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in real time.
  • Articulate the justice system’s objectives, total crime data, role expectations of criminal justice professionals, and the various functions of each subsystem within the system.
  • Describe the system’s responsibilities to victims, the community, theory and factors in crime causation, the social implications of crime, and communication barriers between system professionals and multicultural communities.
  • Identify and apply definitions and concepts related to constitutional law, legal codes and case law at the federal and state levels.
  • Analyze legal concepts, make reasonable decisions about case procedure. Demonstrate knowledge of the rules of evidence, legal definitions, and concepts of evidentiary law.
  • Apply basic investigative proficiencies to produce field notes, compile and analyze data, write accurate reports, and prepare formal reports suitable for court presentations.

Associate in Science for Transfer Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
ADMJ 2Introduction to Administration of Justice3
ADMJ 4Concepts of Criminal Law3
List A
Select two courses from the following:6
Community and the Justice System
Legal Aspects of Evidence
Criminal Court Process
Introduction to Corrections
Criminal Investigation
Introduction to Forensics
Juvenile Procedures
List B
Select two courses from the following:6-7
Any List A course not already selected
Police Field Operations
Writing for Criminal Justice
Elementary Statistics
Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Additional Requirements41-42
Complete CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 transferable units.
Total Units60

Graduation Requirements

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
Elementary Statistics
or Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
or Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
ADMJ 2 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
CSU GE Area C1 3
Elective (LIBR 50 or COUN 10 Recommended) 1
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
ADMJ 4 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
Introduction to Sociology
or General Psychology
Major List A (ADMJ 51 or ADMJ 70 recommended) 3
CSU GE Area B1 and B3 4
Year 2
Public Speaking
or Small Group Communication
or Interpersonal Communication
Major List A 3
CSU GE Area B2 3
CSU GE Area C2 (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
CSU GE Area C1 or C2 3
CSU GE Area D (US-2 & 3 Course Recommended) 3
CSU GE Area F 3
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
 Total Units60
A Degree With a Guarantee - Associate Degree for Transfer

MPC transfer programs are designed to enable students to complete lower-division requirements in preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to California State University (CSU) system for any community college student who earns an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), although not to a particular campus or major. Upon transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), students will be required to complete no more than 60 upper-division units to earn a bachelor’s degree in a same or similar major (unless designated as a “high-unit” major).

The following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements must be completed to earn the AA-T or AS-T degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units;
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework (while a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA);
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units as detailed in the Major Requirements;
  4. Completion of all courses in the major with a grade of C or better (or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No Pass” basis);
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss transfer pathways and specific university admission requirements. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.