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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Greetings from the Law Enforcement Program Director…

Welcome to the Law Enforcement Program information web site at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota. We are under the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at MSU and located in the Department of Government. This department houses both the Law Enforcement and Political Science programs. The Law Enforcement program is unique with its focus on police studies and has an outstanding reputation in Minnesota and in the Upper Midwest. Our program is also well known across the US for providing quality professional education in law enforcement. Students in our program have a variety of career goals, including becoming a police officer, deputy sheriff, state trooper, conservation officer, federal agent, military officer, attorney, policy analyst, crime analyst, insurance investigator, and many others.

The program is one of the largest on campus with over 450 majors. Six full-time faculty and a number of adjunct instructors deliver the program’s courses. The faculty and our adjuncts have many years of local, state and federal law enforcement experience within the criminal justice system. The faculty are also actively involved in scholarship—publishing in the field, presenting at professional and academic conferences, and engaging in cutting-edge, nationally-recognized research

 Our program currently offers two options for students. Option I is the pre-licensing track for those interested in becoming Minnesota peace officers. Option I is a broad major and therefore does not require a minor. The curriculum in Option I is approved by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Board for meeting the academic portion of the professional peace officer education (PPOE) requirement for licensure. An Option I degree, in conjunction with an approved clinical skills program, meets the complete education requirement for licensure in Minnesota. Due to an agreement between Minnesota State University and Hibbing Community College, students have the option of completing the clinical skills requirement in Mankato during the final Spring semester of their college career.

Option II also results in a bachelor degree in law enforcement. However, it does not meet the Minnesota licensing requirements. Fewer law enforcement courses are required to complete Option II than are required for Option I. Option II does require a minor. Option II is ideal for students who are certain they do not wish to become Minnesota peace officers (e.g. they intend to seek law enforcement employment in another state, they intend to go on for law school or graduate school, etc.).

We invite you to explore the program’s web pages for further information. You are also welcome to contact us if you have any questions about the Law Enforcement Program. Thanks again for your interest.

Dr. Tami Wilkins, Law Enforcement Director