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Transfer Pathway

Law Enforcement

Degree programs

Law Enforcement BS Track 2

Our program, certified by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST Board), prepares students for the rigors of 21st Century policing by emphasizing social and racial justice, ethical, evidence-based policing, community engagement, and peace officer health and wellness. Learn more...

About Transfer Pathways

Transfer Pathways can help you earn a bachelor’s degree without losing credits or taking extra courses. Transfer Pathways are designed for you to complete a 60 credit associate’s degree at a Minnesota State college, then transfer to Metropolitan State University and complete the final 60 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Working closely with your academic advisor at both the community college and Metro State will ensure you select the correct courses in the right sequence in order to graduate in a timely manner.

About Metro State

  • Is a fully accredited, comprehensive university, a member of the Minnesota State higher education system, and offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 60 programs.
  • Is unique as over 87% of our students are transfer students who started their academic journey elsewhere.
  • Offers evening, online and hybrid course options, as well as day classes to better fit working and caregiving adult schedules.

Once admitted, contact your Metro State academic advisor early in your program to get the most out of your education, such as completing two majors, adding a minor related to your career goals, or incorporating prerequisites required for graduate school.

Nearing completion of your associate’s degree?

We encourage you to take the next steps today in learning more about what Metropolitan State can offer you and how to enroll, Learn more or visit campus.

Metro State Curriculum

Courses and requirements in addition to eligibility criteria some programs have are found on each program’s page. A grade of C- or higher is required for major courses, including transfer coursework.

A sample plan is provided below for the remaining 60 credits of coursework required at Metro State after completion of the corresponding Transfer Pathway degree. Use your Degree Audit to review and confirm your remaining requirements at Metro State. Part-time options are also available.

Graduation/Degree requirements, course list for General Education, Upper Division Liberal Studies (LS), and Racial Issue Graduation Requirements (RIGR) are available to view on the Academic and graduation requirements page.

Notes: Recommend to select MnTC courses to satisfy two goal areas if needed

Upper Division Liberal Studies (LS) = 8 upper-division credits required

Racial Issue Graduation Requirement (RIGR)= 3 credits required

Law Enforcement BS Track 2 full-time sample plan

Semester 1: 15 credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
CJS 201 Foundations in Criminal Justice 3
Choose One LAWE 431: Police Culture or LAWE 445: Law Enforcement Leadership 4
  Electives 8

Semester 2: 16 credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
CJS 301 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 4
CJS 320 Criminology and Public Policy 4
  Electives 8

Semester 3: 15 credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
Choose One CJS 350: Citizenship: Community Involvement or CJS 354: restorative Justice 4
CJS 360 Diversity in Criminal Justice 4
  Electives 7

Semester 4: 14 credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
Choose One CJS 489: Criminal Justice Capstone: Internship or CJS 490: Criminal Justice Capstone: Research 4
  Electives 6


This schedule is only one way to complete your degree.  Please work closely with your academic advisor to develop a plan that works for you.

Students must satisfy the Liberal Studies (LS; 8 upper-division credits), the Racial Issues Graduation Requirement (RIGR), and the 40 upper division credit requirement when planning their schedules.

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