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Minnesota Criminal Justice Degree Programs
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Listed below are all of the accredited schools in Minnesota that offer Criminal Justice programs.

Overview

Minnesota might have a clean image now, but back in the heyday of the Depression-era, St. Paul was a favorite getaway for a who's who of bad guys. John Dillinger, Ma Barker, and "Machine Gun" Kelly are just a few who dropped in. The city has since cleaned up its act and law enforcement officers are a big part of that.

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Criminal Justice Education in Minnesota

Whether you want to go to school in the city or stick close to home, you can find a criminal justice program in Minnesota. The state has just under 50 programs to choose from for your criminal justice education. You'll find online programs, varied specializations, and even a handful of doctoral programs. Some national associations like the American Criminal Justice Association offer scholarships to criminal justice students. Homeland security students can also check out the scholarships offered by the Lint Center of National Security Studies, Inc. An example of the degrees you can earn at a Minnesota criminal justice school include the following:

  • Associate of Arts in Law Enforcement
  • Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement
  • Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Graduate Degree in Forensics

You have the option of choosing a specialty field of interest for your criminal justice education. These include homeland security, emergency response or public safety, at the upper degree levels. The majority of entry-level criminal justice jobs require at least a bachelor degree. To earn a bachelor degree, you need approximately 60 credits of liberal arts coursework and 60 credits related to your declared minor or major. The following courses represent some of the specific requirements you may complete in a four-year undergraduate program:

  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Research Methods
  • History and Current Theories in Law Enforcement and Corrections
  • Psychology of Criminal Behavior
  • Interview and Interrogation Skills
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Organized Crime

The opportunity to complete an internship towards the end of your degree program is an integral part of the learning experience. It provides you with your first hands-on work experience in the field of criminal justice. You should also expect to research and write a senior thesis on a specific criminal justice topic.

Outlook for Criminal Justice in Minnesota

There is a great deal of variation in criminal justice careers and salaries in Minnesota, depending upon the specific job title, years of experience and level of education you have. Some of the most popular jobs in this career field are as follows:

  • Supervisors of Patrol Officers and Detectives
  • Supervisors of Corrections officers
  • Bailiffs
  • Corrections Officers and Jailers
  • Criminal Investigators and Detectives
  • Police and Sheriff Patrol Officers
  • Private Detectives and Investigators
  • Security Guards

There are thousands of people who are employed in the criminal justice field in Minnesota. City and county government offices employ the largest number of protective services officers, followed by state government offices and private organizations.

Nationwide, the field of criminal justice is expected to grow at a rate that it slightly higher than average. With criminal activity becoming increasingly more sophisticated, there is a growing need for skilled criminal justice personnel to keep up with it. If you are an assertive, passionate person who wants to make a difference in Minnesota, a career as a criminal justice professional may be right for you.

Check out the salaries of different career paths below. Data was found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014.)

If you are ready to take on new challenges in your career, contact our featured schools to request information about their criminal justice programs in Minnesota!Finally, take some time to learn more about criminal justice scholarships that may be available in your area.

Minnesota Criminal Justice Schools

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Traditional On Campus Programs:
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Academy College (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Security Administration
Alexandria Technical College (Alexandria, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal (online), Associate of Applied Science - Legal Administrative Assistant, Associate of Arts - Law Enforcement, Bachelor of Arts - Law Enforcement
Anoka Technical College (Anoka, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Judicial Reporting, Associate of Applied Science - Legal Administrative Assistant, Certificate - Legal Administrative Assistant, Certificate - Legal Transcription
Argosy University (Eagan, MN / Twin Cities, MN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Criminal Justice Concentration, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (online), MA - Forensic Psychology - Assessment (online), MA - Forensic Psychology - Homeland Security (online), MA - Forensic Psychology - Law Enforcement (online), MA - Forensic Psychology - Treatment (online), MA - Forensic Psychology (online), MPA - Emergency Preparedness and Response (online), MPA - Homeland Security (online), Psychology - Criminal Justice concentration (BA) (online)
Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Brown College (Mendota Heights, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Central Lakes College-Brainerd (Brainerd, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Natural Resources Law Enforcement, Associate of Science - Criminalistics, Certificate - Criminal Justice
Century College (White Bear Lake, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Computer Forensics, Associate of Applied Science - Public Safety, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement
Concordia University St. Paul (Saint Paul, MN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Master of Arts - Criminal Justice
Duluth Business University (Duluth, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (Cloquet, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - E-Crime, Associate of Science - Corrections, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Computer Forensics
Hamline University (Saint Paul, MN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Forensics, Certificate - Peace Officer
Hibbing Community College (Hibbing, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Law Enforcement
Inver Hills Community College (Inver Grove Heights, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement, Associate of Science - Legal Office Assistant, Associate of Science - Paralegal, Certificate - Legal Administrative Assistant, Post Baccalaureate Certificate - Paralegal
ITT Technical Institute (Eden Prairie, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies
Lake Superior College (Duluth, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate in Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Applied Science - Legal Administrative Assistant, Certificate - Legal Secretary, Certificate - Paralegal Studies
Leech Lake Tribal College (Cass Lake, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement
Metropolitan State University (Saint Paul, MN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Applied Science - Computer Forensics, Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Human Services - Human Services (Corrections concentration), Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement (Major Completion for Licensed Peace Officers), Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Law Enforcement License, MS in Criminal Justice
Minneapolis Community and Technical College (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Computer Forensics, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Homeland Security (online), Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement
Minnesota State Community and Technical College (Fergus Falls, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Correctional Officer, Certificate - Fire Service Preparation
Minnesota State University-Mankato (Mankato, MN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Law Enforcement, Bachelor of Science - Corrections, Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement
Minnesota State University-Moorhead (Moorhead, MN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Paralegal: Civil Litigation, Bachelor of Science - Paralegal: Commercial Law, Bachelor of Science - Paralegal: Criminal Litigation, Bachelor of Science - Paralegal: Probate and Tax
Minnesota West Community and Technical College (Granite Falls, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Corrections, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement
National American University (Bloomington, MN / Brooklyn Center, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, B.S. - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Paralegal Studies, Computer Security A.A.S. (online), Criminal Justice A.A.S. (online), IT with Emphasis in Computer Security & Forensics B.S. (online), Paralegal Studies (online)
Normandale Community College (Bloomington, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement
North Hennepin Community College (Brooklyn Park, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement, Associate of Science - Paralegal, Certificate - Paralegal
Northland Community and Technical College (Thief River Falls, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Diploma - Law Enforcement Career Transition (online)
Rasmussen College (Bloomington, MN / Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, MN / Eagan, MN / Lake Elmo, MN / Mankato, MN / St. Cloud, MN)
Programs Offered:

AAS - Paralegal (online), AS - Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online), AS in CJ - Correction (online), BS - Criminal Justice (online), BS in CJ - Client Services (online), BS in CJ - Criminal Offenders (online), BS in CJ - Homeland Security (online), BS in CJ - Law Enforcement (online), Certificate - Official Peace Officer (online)
Ridgewater College (Willmar, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement (online), Associate of Arts - Corrections, Associate of Arts - Law Enforcement
Riverland Community College (Austin, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Corrections (online), Associate of Science - Law Enforcement
Rochester Community & Technical College (Rochester, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (Winona, MN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice - Corrections, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement, Bachelor of Science - Police Science, Master of Arts - Public Safety Administration, Undergraduate Certificate - Security Management
Southwest Minnesota State University (Marshall, MN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Law Enforcement, Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement
St. Catherine University (Saint Paul, MN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Global Search for Justice
St. Cloud State University (Saint Cloud, MN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Insurance and Risk Management, Master of Science - Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Public Safety
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

B.A. - Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance
University of Minnesota-Crookston (Crookston, MN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Corrections, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement
University of Phoenix (Minneapolis, MN / Saint Louis Park, MN / Woodbury, MN)
Programs Offered:

BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Management (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration (online), BS - Organizational Security Management (online), MS - Administration of Justice and Security (online)
University of St. Thomas-Minnesota (Saint Paul, MN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
Vermilion Community College (Ely, MN)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Parks and Recreation, Associate of Applied Science - Wildland/Wildlife Law Enforcement, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement, Associate of Science - Wilderness Management, Certificate - Seasonal Park Law Enforcement Ranger Training
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

BS Criminal Justice - Crime and Criminals (online), BS Criminal Justice - Homeland Security (online), BS Criminal Justice - Mgmt & Administration (online), BS in Criminal Justice - Computer Information Systems and Security (online), BS in Criminal Justice - Human Services for Criminal Justice (online), BS in Human Services - Courts and the Legal System (online), BS in Human Services - Criminal Justice (online), BS in Psychology - Criminal Justice (online), Doctor of Social Work (DSW) - Criminal Justice (online), MPA Homeland Security Policy & Coordination (online), MPA Terrorism/Mediation (online), MPP - Emergency Management (online), MPP - Homeland Security Policy & Coordination (online), MPP - Homeland Security Policy (online), MPP - Terrorism, Mediation, & Peace (online), MS CJ - Homeland Security Policy & Coordination (online), MS CJ - Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace (online), MS CJ Ldrshp & Exec Mgmt - Emergency Management (online), MS CJ Ldrshp & Exec Mgmt - Homeland Sec Policy (online), MS CJ Ldrshp & Exec Mgmt - Law and Public Policy (online), MS CJ Ldrshp & Exec Mgmt - Policy Analysis (online), MS CJ Ldrshp & Exec Mgmt - Self-Designed (online), MS CJ Ldrshp - Terrorism, Mediation, & Peace (online), MS CJ Leadership - Homeland Security Pol & Coord (online), MS Criminal Justice - Emergency Management (online), MS Criminal Justice - General (online), MS Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Policy (online), MS Criminal Justice - Self-Designed (online), MS Forensic Psych - Community Settings (online), MS Forensic Psych - General Program (online), MS Forensic Psych - Planning/Evaluation (online), MS Forensic Psych - Psych/Legal Systems (online), MS Mental Health - Forensic Counseling (online), MS Psychology - Crisis Management/Response (online), MS Psychology - Terrorism/Security (online), Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Public Policy - Criminal Justice (online), PhD Counselor Edu/Supervision - Forensics (online), PhD Counselor Edu/Supervision - Trauma/Crisis (online), PhD Human Services - Criminal Justice -CB (online), PhD Human Services - Criminal Justice -SD (online), PhD Public Policy - Criminal Justice (Course) (online), PhD Public Policy - Criminal Justice (Mixed) (online), PhD Public Policy - Homeland Security (Mixed) (online), PhD Public Policy - Homeland Security (online), PhD Public Policy - Terrorism/Peace (Course) (online), PhD Public Policy - Terrorism/Peace (Mixed) (online)
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Programs Offered:

Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) - Social Impact Management (online), Doctor of Social Work (DSW) - Criminal Justice (online), Homeland Security Policy and Coordination - Post Graduate Degree (online), Homeland Security Policy and Coordination-Advanced - Doctorate (online), Justice Administration-Advanced (online), Law and Public Policy - Doctorate (online), Law and Public Policy-Advanced - Doctorate (online), M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Forensic Consulting (online), M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Organizational Diversity and Social Change (online), Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Public Administration - Homeland Security Policy and Coordination (online), Master of Public Administration - Homeland Security Policy (online), Master of Public Administration - International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) (online), Master of Public Administration - Law and Public Policy (online), Master of Public Administration - Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities (online), Master of Public Administration - Nonprofit Management and Leadership (online), Master of Public Administration - Policy Analysis (online), Master of Public Administration - Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace (online), Master of Public Administration (online), Master of Public Policy (MPP)- Criminal Justice (online), Master of Public Policy (MPP)- Emergency Management (online), Master of Public Policy (MPP)- Global Leadership (online), Master of Public Policy (MPP)- Health Policy (online), Master of Public Policy (MPP)- Homeland Security Policy and Coordination (online), Master of Public Policy (MPP)- International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) (online), Master of Public Policy (MPP)- Law and Public Policy (online), Master of Public Policy (MPP)- Local Government Mgmt for Sustainable Communities (online), Master of Public Policy (MPP)- Nonprofit Management and Leadership (online), Master of Public Policy (MPP)- Public Management and Leadership (online), Master of Public Policy (MPP)- Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace (online), Master of Public Policy (MPP) (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice - Emergency Management (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice - General (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Policy and Coordination (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Policy (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice - Law and Public Policy (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice - Policy Analysis (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice - Public Management and Leadership (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice - Self-Designed (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice - Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management - Emergency Management (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management - General (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management - Homeland Security Policy and Coordination (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management - Homeland Security Policy (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management - Law and Public Policy (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management - Policy Analysis (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management - Public Management and Leadership (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management - Self-Designed (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management - Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Human and Social Services - Criminal Justice (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Human and Social Services - Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Human and Social Services - Human Services Nonprofit Administration (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Human and Social Services - Social Policy and Analysis and Planning (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Technology - Information Assurance and Cyber Security (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Technology - Information Security (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling - Forensic Counseling (online), Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology - Crisis Management & Response (online), Master of Social Work - Children, Families, and Couples (online), Master of Social Work - Crisis and Trauma (online), Master of Social Work - Forensic Populations and Settings (online), Master of Social Work - Military (online), Ph.D. in Criminal Justice (online), Ph.D. in Human and Social Services - Human Services Nonprofit Administration (online), Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Forensic Consulting (online), Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Organizational Diversity and Social Change (online), Ph.D. in Management - Leadership & Organizational Change - Course-based (online), Ph.D. in Management - Leadership & Organizational Change (online), Ph.D. in Psychology - Forensic Psychology (online), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Criminal Justice (online), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Emergency Management (online), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Homeland Security Policy and Coordination (online), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Homeland Security Policy (online), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Interdisciplinary Policy Studies (online), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - International NonGovernmental Organizations (online), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Law and Public Policy (online), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities (online), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Nonprofit Management and Leadership (online), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Policy Analysis (online), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Public Administration (online), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Public Management and Leadership (online), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace (online), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration (online), Ph.D. in Social Work - Addictions and Social Work (online), Ph.D. in Social Work - Criminal Justice (online), Ph.D. in Social Work - Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention (online), Ph.D. in Social Work - Family Studies and Interventions (online), Ph.D. in Social Work - Social Work Administration (online), Public Management and Leadership - Doctorate (online), Public Management and Leadership-Advanced - Doctorate (online)
Winona State University (Winona, MN)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Law and Society, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice/Corrections, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement, Bachelor of Science - Public Administration, Diploma - Paralegal