• Criminal Justice

    Build your foundation for a career in the field of criminal justice with M State’s AS degree. The program has been designated as a Professional Peace Officer Education Program by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training.


Criminal Justice

At M State, students who are seeking a career in law enforcement have the opportunity to complete all the educational and practical requirements necessary to apply for peace officer licensing. Our faculty have extensive experience in criminal justice, and students develop valuable on-the-job skills through our internship program.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Gain basic knowledge and career skills, anddevelop values and attitudes consistent with professional employment opportunities in the criminal justice system
  • Participate in learning experiences that will prepare students for the challenges of their careers
  • Gain the needed knowledge, skills and values for a smooth transition to an advanced degree program in criminal justice
  • Meet the academic requirements for peace officer licensing established by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officers Standards and Training
  • Develop an understanding of the necessity of collaboration between law enforcement agencies and their communities
  • Develop a code of behavior consistent with the professional and ethical standards of police officers and criminal justice professionals
  • Demonstrate an understanding of community involvement and service


Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on instruction
  • Small class sizes with personalized instruction
  • Scholarships available
  • Learn from experienced law enforcement professionals
  • Opportunity to develop professional skills through internships, volunteer opportunities and community service projects
  • Criminal Justice program is accredited by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training


M State's Criminal Justice program has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead. Graduates from M State's program can transfer into MSUM's bachelor degree program in Criminal Justice.

Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities or colleges according to the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university or college they will be attending.


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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Criminal Justice Associate in Science (AS)
Locations: Moorhead

Correctional Officer Certificate
Locations: Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Joshua Ebert
Criminal Justice Instructor
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Ken Kohler
Instructor - Criminal Justice
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Shannon Monroe
Criminal Justice Faculty
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Jeff Nelson
Criminal Justice Program Coordinator/Instructor
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Lindsey Ternes
Criminal Justice Faculty
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Career opportunities

There are career opportunities in criminal justice with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Corrections, Department of Homeland Security, private security agencies, and local corrections agencies and departments.

Description: Enforce law and order in rural or unincorporated districts or serve legal processes of courts. May patrol courthouse, guard court or grand jury, or escort defendants.

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All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Moorhead


Deputy Sheriff employment

1,033 Employed in your area

48 Estimated annual job openings

133 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers* Bar Charts
under 25 69 7%
25-34 283 27%
35-44 292 28%
45-54 256 25%
55-64 109 11%
65+ 24 2%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics


Required Criminal Justice Courses

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Policing and Practices
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • Law Enforcement Behavioral Science
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedures
  • Police Report Writing
  • Criminal Investigations

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: June 22nd, 2015 at 03:21pm