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Once you’re admitted as an undergraduate student and have met any further admission requirements your chosen program may have, you may declare a major or declare an optional minor.
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Program eligibility requirements
Students must submit a School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when they have completed the following:
- 30 credits
- GELS/MNTC writing requirements
- Cumulative Metropolitan State GPA of 2.25
- School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Pre-major Advising Workshop (PAW)
All criminal justice pre-majors should work closely with a School of Criminology and Criminal Justice advisor.
Minnesota Rules 6700.0700 sets “minimum standards for peace officer license eligibility” and these standards go beyond those required for entry into our program. Minnesota Rules 6700.1500 further sets “standards of conduct for licensed peace officers.” Students interested in becoming a licensed peace officer in Minnesota shall adhere to these standards and rules, including:
- be a citizen of the United States;
- possess a valid Minnesota driver’s license;
- complete a comprehensive written application;
- not be required to register as a predatory offender;
- never have been convicted of a felony in this state or in any other state or federal jurisdiction;
- submit to a thorough background investigation;
- be fingerprinted for a background check;
- be medically examined by a licensed physician or surgeon;
- be psychologically examined by a licensed psychologist;
- pass job-related physical strength and agility exams;
- successfully complete an oral exam demonstrating communication skills.
Emergency Medical Responder certification also is required to take the peace officer licensing exam and must be approved by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB). Please check the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) website for up-to-date information on standards and rules.