Transfer Pathway

Criminal Justice

Degree programs

Criminal Justice BA

About Transfer Pathways

Transfer Pathways are designed so you can complete a specific associate degree at a Minnesota State college and transfer to a Minnesota State university to earn a bachelor’s degree without losing credits or taking extra courses. Transfer Pathways can be a great resource for saving time and money as you work toward graduation.

If you complete a Transfer Pathway degree program at a Minnesota State college and are admitted to Metropolitan State, you will be guaranteed junior status and given assurance that all 60 college credits will count toward the related bachelor’s degree.

Curriculum

After you finish a curriculum of lower-division credits (and become an admitted Metro student), you’ll complete your four-year degree with upper-division credits from Metropolitan State University. Degree requirements—and any eligibility criteria some programs have in addition to university admissions—are found on each program’s page.

After you finish a curriculum of lower-division credits (and become an admitted Metro student), you’ll complete your four-year degree with upper-division credits from Metropolitan State University. Degree requirements—and any eligibility criteria some programs have in addition to university admissions—are found on each program’s page.

  • Criminal Justice (CJS) CJS students have flexibility about when they take core courses, with only a couple of exceptions.
    • CJS 201 is the prerequisite for most other core courses and many electives, so that must be taken in the first semester.
    • CJS 301 is the enforced prerequisite for CJS 489 or CJS 490, so must be taken prior to CJS 489 or 490.
    • CJS 320, 360, and 375 are suggested prerequisites for CJS 489 or 490, but may be taken as co-requisites with CJS 489 or CJS 490.
  • Students may transfer in equivalent courses which will adjust major courses required and overall electives needed to meet University credit requirements.  In other words, students with transfer equivalencies may need to take additional electives to meet the 40 upper division credit requirement and/or the 120 total credit requirement.
  • The best time to take electives is likely the first fall semester and the last spring semester, based on scheduling of other courses.
  • Students are encouraged to work closely with their Academic Advisor to review transfer of credits and coursework remaining to complete University degree requirements.

Semester 1: 14 credits

  • CJS 201: Foundations in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJS 210: Constitutional Law (3 credits)
  • CJS 360: Diversity in Criminal Justice (4 credits)
  • Elective Course (4 credits)

Notes: May take directed elective credits also, assuming they do not require CJS 201 to have been taken as prerequisite. This also assumes that incoming pathway student has taken CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice as part of their Associates degree program.

Semester 2: 16 credits

  • CJS 305: The Criminal Court System (4 credits)
  • CJS 350: Citizenship in Criminal Justice (4 credits) or CJS 354: Restorative Justice (4 credits)
  • CJS 375: Ethics and Professionalism in Criminal Justice (4 credits)
  • Elective Course (4 credits)

Note: Assumes CJS 101 equivalent has been taken at the community college.     

Semester 3: 15 credits

  • CJS 300: Corrections and Community Corrections (4 credits)
  • CJS 301: Research Methods in Criminal Justice (4 credits)
  • CJS 320: Criminology and Public Policy (4 credits)
  • Directed Electives (3 credits)

Note: Assumes CJS 101 equivalent has been taken at the community college.

Semester 4: 15 credits

  • CJS 489: Criminal Justice Capstone: Internship (4 credits) or CJS 490: Criminal Justice Capstone: Research (4 credits)
  • LAWE 330: Policing and Society (4 credits)
  • Directed Electives (7 credits)

Note: Assumes CJS 101 equivalent has been taken at the community college.

In partnership with

  • Alexandria Technical & Community College
  • Anoka Technical College
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Central Lakes College
  • Century College
  • Dakota County Technical College
  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
  • Hennepin Technical College
  • Hibbing Community College
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Itasca Community College
  • Lake Superior College
  • Mesabi Range College
  • Minneapolis College
  • Minnesota State College Southeast
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Minnesota West Community & Technical College
  • Normandale Community College
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • Northland Community & Technical College
  • Northwest Technical College
  • Pine Technical & Community College
  • Rainy River Community College
  • Ridgewater College
  • Riverland Community College
  • Rochester Community and Technical College
  • St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  • Saint Paul College
  • South Central College
  • Vermilion Community College

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