Program Overview

Grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, the law enforcement degree programs help individuals develop the knowledge and perspectives for law enforcement careers. A baccalaureate degree is the minimum educational requirement for some state and most federal law enforcement positions, as well as many other interesting positions within the criminal justice system.

To earn a bachelor of science (BS) in law enforcement, students must complete the minimum bachelor's degree requirements (120 credits), including general education, liberal studies and law enforcement coursework. There are three tracks in the Law Enforcement major:

  • Track 1 is designed for students interested in becoming licensed peace officers in Minnesota.
  • Track 2 is currently under review in preparation for the MN State Transfer Pathway programs. Major declaration for track 2 is currently not available.
  • Track 3 is designed for current Minnesota peace officers who want to complete the BS degree with a major in Law Enforcement.

Minnesota peace officers may complete major requirements on campus or in the online Law Enforcement Major Completion Program.

More information about this program

Declare Your Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Law Enforcement major, students must submit a School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the following is completed:

  • 30 credits
  • GELS/MNTC writing requirements
  • Cumulative Metropolitan State GPA of 2.25
  • SLC Pre-major Advising Workshop (PAW)

All law enforcement pre-majors should work closely with an advisor from the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (SLC).

Declare Your Program

Requirements

Credit and Residency Requirements

All Metropolitan State University students must complete at least 30 credits in residency at Metropolitan State. All law enforcement students must complete 24 major credits at Metropolitan State University which can be applied toward the 30 credit university residency requirement. All major courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Track 1: Minnesota Peace Officer Licensure Track (62 semester credits)

This major track helps individuals develop the knowledge, perspectives and skills for successful law enforcement careers in Minnesota city, county and state law enforcement agencies. Students who successfully complete either the BS or the Law Enforcement Licensing Certificate program are eligible to take the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board licensing examination, required for entry into the law enforcement profession in Minnesota.

Minnesota Peace Officer Licensure Requirements

Applicants interested in a career in Minnesota law enforcement must review the website for the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (https://dps.mn.gov/entity/post/Pages/default.aspx) to obtain the most current information regarding requirements and minimum selection standards for licensure eligibility.

Note: Emergency Medical Responder is required to be eligible to take the POST exam and must be approved by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB).

Law Enforcement Skills Practicum

Admission into the Skills Practicum is by application only. The application process is available fall semester prior to the student's final summer term. Prior to applying, students must work closely with their advisor to prepare for the Skills component of the degree program. The Skills Practicum is only offered in the summer.

CJS 101 and CJS 201 are prerequisites for most core CJS and LAWE courses as noted in the course description.
^ Must be completed at a Minnesota POST certified college or university prior to Skills Practicum.
+ CJS 301, CJS 320, CJS 360, and CJS 375 are prerequisites for CJS 489 and CJS 490.
= CJS 490 should be completed during the student's last semester.

Track 2: Law Enforcement Major - Non-Licensure Track 

This major track is currently not available for major declaration. Track 2 is currently under revision in preparation for the launching of the MN State Transfer Pathways. In the near future, Track 2 will serve as a major option for students who have completed their associate degree in law enforcement and are ready to earn the Bachelor of Science with a major in Law Enforcement.

Track 3: Law Enforcement Major for Minnesota Licensed Peace Officers

This track allows licensed peace officers to pursue the law enforcement major (BS). Explore major requirements as an on-campus or on-line student.

Minnesota peace officers have an opportunity to complete major requirements and earn a bachelor's degree through an online cohort program called the Law Enforcement
Major Completion Program. Eligible students apply to the cohort which offers two major courses per semester over four semesters.

Track 3 Law Enforcement major degree requirements include major directed electives. Metropolitan State supports alternative learning strategies including prior learning. Following admission and major declaration, students may request a review of their continuing education records for prior learning consideration.

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right hand column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core, and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

All Metropolitan State University students must complete at least 30 credits in residency at Metropolitan State. All law enforcement students must complete 24 major credits at Metropolitan State University which can be applied toward the 30 credit university residency requirement.

How Admissions Works

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 62 total credits)

Electives (8 credits)

Courses with an LAWE/CJS prefix that are not part of the major required classes can be taken as an electives (ALL 8 directed elective credits must be upper-division)

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Skills Required

Admission into Skills is by application only. The application process is available fall semester prior to the student's final summer term. Prior to applying, students must work closely with their advisor to prepare for the Skills component of the degree program. Skills practicum is only offered in the summer.

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  • LAWE 224 Crimes in Progress
    1 credits

    This course meets corresponding learning objectives of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training as they relate to the skills practicum. It includes instruction in areas related to crimes in progress.

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  • LAWE 227 Traffic and Investigations
    2 credits

    The primary goal of this course is to provide content and scenarios related to traffic stops and investigations. This course is designed to give students an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to perform the duties of a police officer. This course is one of 5 that make up the Skills curriculum required to prepare students to successfully complete the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training peace officer licensing examination.

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  • LAWE 228 Defensive Tactics
    2 credits

    The primary goal of this course is to provide content and scenarios related to defensive tactics. This course is designed to give students an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to perform the duties of a police officer. This course is one of 5 that make up the Skills curriculum required to prepare students to successfully complete the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training peace officer licensing examination.

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  • LAWE 229 Firearms
    2 credits

    The primary goal of this course is to provide content and scenarios related to firearms. This course is designed to give students an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to perform the duties of a police officer. This course is one of 5 that make up the Skills curriculum required to prepare students to successfully complete the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training peace officer licensing examination.

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Track 2: Law Enforcement Major Non-Licensure Track

This major track is currently not available for major declaration. Track 2 is currently under revision in preparation for the launching of the MN State Transfer Pathways. In the near future, Track 2 will serve as a major option for students who have completed their associate degree in law enforcement and are ready to earn the Bachelor of Science with a major in Law Enforcement.

  • Please verify that your Course List is separated by ',' (comma) or 'OR'

Electives: Directed Electives (Work with your Advisor)

  • Please verify that your Course List is separated by ',' (comma) or 'OR'

Electives: Directed Electives (Work with your Advisor)

  • Please verify that your Course List is separated by ',' (comma) or 'OR'