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In Minnesota, law enforcement studies are offered at both 2-year community colleges and 4-year universities and may be featured as concentrations within criminal justice programs. Students can pursue an associate or a bachelor's degree; undergraduate certificate programs are available. Courses cover such topics as policing, investigations, patrolling and emergency response, and some programs integrate a practicum or an internship experience. In addition, students in these programs may obtain Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) and be eligible for the certification exam after graduation. Read on to learn about the colleges and universities in Minnesota offering law enforcement training.
Century College is located in White Bear Lake and offers an associate degree in law enforcement. The program is 68 credits and features courses in community policing, juvenile justice, criminal investigations and patrol operations. Students are also required to participate in a practicum and learn about Minnesota criminal and traffic codes.
Metropolitan State University
Metropolitan State University is based in Saint Paul has a licensing certificate and bachelor's degree in law enforcement. The law enforcement licensing certificate is 18 credits and includes six courses. In addition to a practicum, students take courses in police community interaction, law enforcement ethics, criminal procedures, law and social dynamics.
The Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement features three tracks. Track 1 prepares students for licensure; track 2 is designed for students who do not want to obtain licensure; and track 3 is for licensed officers who want to continue their education.
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Based in Minneapolis, Minneapolis Community and Technical College provides students with an opportunity to earn an associate degree in law enforcement. The program is 68 credits and culminates with a 21-credit skills program at Hennepin Technical College's Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center in Brooklyn Park, MN. Law enforcement students take courses in police and community, corrections and juvenile justice. A criminal justice internship is also required.
Minnesota State University - Mankato
Students enrolled at Minnesota State University - Mankato can pursue a bachelor's degree in law enforcement with two options. Option I prepares students for law enforcement licensure and teaches them about police stress, police emergency response, police patrol, Minnesota criminal code, tactical communications and juvenile justice.
Students who choose the generalist option II learn about criminal law and procedures, political analysis, criminal investigations, police response and policing a diverse society. The university also supports a Center for Applied Research in Law Enforcement.
Minnesota State University - Moorhead
Minnesota State University - Moorhead offers a bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a law enforcement track. The program is 120 credits; however, students who want to pursue the law enforcement track must complete an additional 13 credits. Courses in sociology of law enforcement, abnormal psychology, personality and Minnesota law and procedure are required for POST certification.
Normandale Community College
Located in Bloomington, Normandale Community College has a certificate and associate degree in law enforcement. Students in the certificate program must complete a practicum and courses in patrol operations, criminal investigations, traffic codes and legal issues. The associate degree in law enforcement requires that students complete general education requirements, major courses, licensing courses and a practicum.
North Hennepin Community College
North Hennepin Community College is based in Brooklyn Park and features a law enforcement associate degree. Students are required to complete 68 credits and learn about patrol operations, criminal investigations, law enforcement legal issues and traffic codes. Physical fitness and emergency response courses are also included in the curriculum.
Saint Cloud State University
Saint Cloud State University is located in Saint Cloud and offers a criminal justice bachelor's degree with a law enforcement concentration. The program is designed to prepare students for Minnesota state licensure. In addition to criminal justice programs, students are required to complete a 15-credit law enforcement skills summer session and senior thesis.
Southwest Minnesota State University
Located in Marshall, Southwest Minnesota State University features a bachelor's degree in law enforcement administration. Students are required to complete 64 credits and earn an associate degree before continuing their education and graduating with a bachelor's degree. The bachelor's degree portion is 42 credits and much of the curriculum can be completed online.
Winona State University
Based in Winona, students at Winona State University can pursue a criminal justice bachelor's degree with a law enforcement option. Students in the law enforcement option are required to complete courses in law enforcement investigations, community policing and law enforcement operations and procedures. The program also requires that students complete an internship.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Law Enforcement Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Century College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Science in Law Enforcement||$5,391|
|Metropolitan State University||4-year, large city|| Law Enforcement Licensing Certificate,
Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement
| $7,566 in-state,
|Minneapolis Community and Technical College||2-year, public; large city||Associate in Science in Law Enforcement||$5,336|
|Minnesota State University - Mankato||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Arts/Science in Law Enforcement|| $7,836 in-state,
|Minnesota State University - Moorhead||4-year, public; midsize suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement|| $8,096 in-state,
|Normandale Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Law Enforcement Certificate,
Associate in Science in Law Enforcement
|North Hennepin Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Science in Law Enforcement||$4,383|
|Saint Cloud State University||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement|| $7,814 in-state,
|Southwest Minnesota State University||4-year, public; remote town||Bachelor of Applied Science in Law Enforcement Administration||$8,326|
|Winona State University||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Sociology Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement|| $9,047 in-state,
Sources: *NCES College Navigator