About this program
The degree in law enforcement helps individuals develop the knowledge, perspective and skills necessary for successful law enforcement careers. The law enforcement major provides both academic and hands-on skills course work. Students graduate with a competitive advantage for job placement in the field by having their bachelor’s degree in law enforcement.
Highlights of the law enforcement program at Metropolitan State University:
- A history of successful agency placements, including over 40 police chiefs who are graduates of our program
- Faculty who are experienced law enforcement and criminal justice practitioners and researchers
- Opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom through service learning classes and internships
- Hands-on advisors who help students navigate course and career planning
- Classes offered in multiple formats: online, on campus, and hybrid
- Leadership and networking opportunities for students with the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Club
There are three possible tracks for law enforcement students:
Track 1: A POST certified program designed for students who wish to become eligible to be licensed as police officers in the state of Minnesota, preparing them to take the POST exam at the end of their studies.
Track 2: Part of the Transfer Pathways Program, designed for students who have already earned an associate’s degree in law enforcement, and wish to complete their bachelor’s degree and become license eligible.
Track 3: Known as the Law Enforcement Major Completion Program (LEMCP). Designed for Minnesota licensed police officers who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree through online or on-campus course offerings.
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 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).
Student learning outcomes are mandated by the POST board of the State of Minnesota.