The Law Enforcement Licensing Certificate Program is designed to meet the needs of working adults who have completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and want to become a licensed peace officer in the State of Minnesota. The certificate program meets all Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) learning objectives.
The Minnesota POST Board coordinates a system of licensing for all peace officers in the State. In order to be licensed by the POST Board, prospective peace officers must pass certain selection criteria and meet specific education requirements. For detailed information about POST Board regulations and requirements, see their website.
The Law Enforcement Licensing Certificate Program takes three semesters (one academic year) to complete and begins each fall. Most courses are offered in a hybrid format using web-based, online technology with Saturday classes on campus. Classes are held at the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center, Brooklyn Park. For more information download a Program Information Sheet.
Application and Admission
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016-2017 Cohort program. Applications to the program will be accepted until Friday, April 1, 2016. Applications received after this time will be considered based on available space and may be put on a wait list. Prerequisites for the program are Introduction to Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice. Applicants have through summer session 2016 to complete these prerequisite courses. Please note this program is subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment numbers are not achieved by April 15, 2016.
NOTE: Prospective students should not apply to Metropolitan State University until after they have been admitted to the Certificate Program.