Administration of Justice - Law Enforcement, Associate in Science

The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice - Law Enforcement degree prepares students for a career in the field of the administration of justice and public safety. Students are prepared to enter the workforce as officers and deputies in the field of law enforcement, corrections, and public safety. Students learn basic policing, patrolling, search and seizure laws, report writing skills, and inmate management policy, which will prepare them for the common duties and challenges of federal and state public safety officers.

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, problem-solving skills in real time.
  • Articulate the justice system’s objectives, the crime picture, 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 and make rational decisions about case processing.
  • Apply basic investigative proficiency to produce field notes, compile and analyze data, write accurate reports, and prepare formal reports suitable for court presentations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the rules of evidence, including legal definitions and concepts of evidentiary law, and apply basic investigative proficiencies.


Associate in Science Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
Select one of the following Options:23-25.5
Option 1: General
Introduction to Administration of Justice
Community and the Justice System
Concepts of Criminal Law
Legal Aspects of Evidence
Criminal Court Process
Writing for Criminal Justice
Criminal Investigation
Select 2-3 units of the following:
Police Field Operations
Introduction to Corrections
Juvenile Procedures
Citizens' Academy
Career-Focused Work Experience
Option 2: Extended Basic Academy
P.O.S.T. Basic Academy III
P.O.S.T. Basic Academy Modular II
P.O.S.T. Basic Academy I
Option 3: Intensive Basic Academy
P.O.S.T. Intensive Basic Academy I
P.O.S.T. Intensive Basic Academy II
Additional Requirements34.5-37
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable 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

Administration of Justice: Law Enforcement: AS Option 1: General 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
LIBR 50 Introduction to Library and Research Skills 1
ADMJ 2 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
ADMJ 3 Community and the Justice System 3
MPC GE Area E (COUN 10, COUN 59, COUN 71, or COUN 50 or 51 recommended) 3
Electives 2
ADMJ 4 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
ADMJ 51 Criminal Court Process 3
MPC GE Area A2 (MATH 16 recommended) 4
MPG GE Area F 3
Electives (ENGL 2 recommended) 3
Year 2
ADMJ 6 Legal Aspects of Evidence 3
ADMJ 55 Writing for Criminal Justice 3
ADMJ 66 Criminal Investigation 3
Electives (SPCH 1 recommended) 3
Electives 3
Select 2-3 units from the following: 2-3
Police Field Operations
or Introduction to Corrections
or Juvenile Procedures
or Citizens' Academy
or Career-Focused Work Experience
MPC GE Area B & Lab 4
MPC GE Area C 3
Electives 4-5
 Total Units60

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.