Note:  Significant changes are coming in Fall 2017 for newly admitted students.  Please check back for details.

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

Students interested in becoming a licensed peace officer in Minnesota should be aware of the following minimum selection standards established by the Minnesota POST Board. An applicant must:

  • be a citizen of the United States;
  • possess a valid Minnesota driver's license;
  • complete a comprehensive written application;
  • never have been convicted of a felony, assault, theft or other convictions as identified by the POST Board Minimum Selection Standards for Licensure;
  • submit to a thorough background investigation;
  • be fingerprinted for a background check;
  • undergo an evaluation by a licensed psychologist;
  • pass job-related physical strength and agility exams;
  • successfully complete an oral exam demonstrating communication skills;
  • the applicant must not be required to register as a predatory offender; and
  • be license-eligible by completing an associate or bachelor's degree and passing the POST licensing exam.

Detailed, current information regarding the POST minimum selection standards is available on the POST Board website and through the SLC Advising Center.

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 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.

CJS 101 and CJS 200 are prerequisites for some 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 320, CJS 360, CJS 375 and CJS 483 are prerequisites for CJS 490.
= CJS 490 should be completed during the student's last semester