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Law Enforcement Major for Minnesota Licensed Peace Officers

The Law Enforcement Major for Minnesota Licensed Peace Officers is designed for those who wish to earn a bachelor's degree and enhance their knowledge, skills and potential for professional advancement. The Law Enforcement Major may be completed on campus or online.

Acceptance to the Program

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

  • Licensed peace officer (active or inactive) with an associate degree earned from an accredited college or university
  • 30 credits, including two writing courses, with a minimum GPA of 2.25
  • Admission to Metropolitan State University
  • On campus students must attend the required Pre-major Advising Workshop (PAW)
  • SLC Pre-major Advising Workshop (PAW) for on-campus students, or one-day program orientation for online students

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. Students must complete at least 40 upper division credits and 120 credits total in order to graduate. All major courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

On Campus Program

Required Courses (22 credits)

* CJS 200 is a prerequisite for all core CJS and LAWE courses.
+ CJS 320, CJS 360, CJS 375 and CJS 483 are prerequisites for CJS 490.
= CJS 490 should be completed during the student's last semester.

Major Electives (22 credits)

Major electives are selected in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. In general, electives may include law enforcement or criminal justice courses, courses in other disciplines focusing on professional development, course requirements for a minor or certificate, and/or evaluation of prior learning.

Online Program

The online Law Enforcement Major Completion Program is a cohort program which begins in fall semester of each year. Students are required to attend a one-day orientation at Metropolitan State University SLC in August to meet instructors, fellow students, learn about Web-based courses, and finalize degree plans with an advisor. This is the only required travel to campus during the program.

The eight core courses required for the law enforcement major are offered online in a cohort schedule in fall and spring semesters. Students are encouraged to work on major electives and other degree requirements during the summer. Although the major courses are available online, remaining degree requirements are not guaranteed to be offered using an online delivery format.

Law Enforcement Major Completion Program Online Course Schedule (27 credits)

Online cohort courses are offered in the following sequence:

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Major Electives (22 credits)

Electives are selected in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. In general, electives may include law enforcement or criminal justice courses, courses in other disciplines focusing on professional development, course requirements for a minor or certificate, and/or evaluation of prior learning.

Commitment

Students must make a commitment to complete these courses in sequence with their cohort. If it is necessary to withdraw during the sequence, students may need to re-apply for admission to a subsequent cohort.

Completing Degree Requirements

In addition to the courses above, students must also meet the University's degree requirements which vary depending on individual transfer credits. Cohort program advisors will help identify ways to meet these requirements, including classroom courses, online courses, and/or prior learning.

Questions? Contact Mary Schober Martin at 763-657-3751 or mary.schobermartin@metrostate.edu.




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