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.
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.
This program is eligible for the MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.
Grant recipients must be Minnesota residents and meet income guidelines. They also must graduate from a Minnesota high school, complete an ABE program or pass a GED test.
There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.
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.
Criminal Justice Associate of Science (AS)
Correctional Officer Certificate
The Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice prepares students for careers in law enforcement. M State's Criminal Justice program has been designated a Professional Peace Officer Education Program by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. Students seeking a career in law enforcement will be prepared for and offered the opportunity to complete all educational and practical requirements necessary to apply for peace officer licensing. The internship program provides students with comprehensive training to develop additional skills in critical thinking, communications and practical application. Criminal Justice faculty have extensive academic and practical experience within the field. Students seeking an AS in Criminal Justice are required to declare that intention prior to the second semester of coursework. Acceptance into the program is contingent on the student's completion of at least 12 credits of required general education courses. Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Successful completion of a personality assessment provided and evaluated through M State. [^Approximate cost = $140] Completion of a criminal background check through the State of Minnesota or applicable state. [^Approximate cost = $15] Achievement of at least a C in all Criminal Justice classes. Completion of a required initial advising session with the program coordinator. Note that expenses listed in brackets above and marked by ^ are not eligible for financial aid. If there are more applicants who meet the above criteria than the program can accommodate, applicants will be selected based on program application date. Registration to some Criminal Justice courses is restricted to AS degree students unless approved by the program coordinator.
Students interested in a criminal justice career other than law enforcement may enroll in the Correctional Officer certificate program. The certificate program is designed to provide pre-employment education for the student who desires a position as a correctional officer. The program also provides continuing education for employed correctional officers. Students who complete the certificate program articulate into the two-year Criminal Justice AS degree for peace officer licensing.
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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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