Pursue Your Career as a Minnesota Police Officer

Earn Your Law Enforcement Academic or Skills Certificate

As a Minnesota student with an Associate's or Bachelor's degree from a POST Board-approved college or university, our Law Enforcement Academic Certificate and our Law Enforcement Skills Certificate provide you with the academic principles and physical skills necessary to obtain your Minnesota police officer licensure.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Academic Certificate 9 Months
Skills Certificate 6 Months

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Gain In-Field Law Enforcement Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical, hands-on opportunities in your courses, you can prepare for a successful law enforcement career across a wide range of criminal justice opportunities. Our program is designed to help you gain relevant skills employers seek, including:

  • Minnesota Police Officer Licensure Preparation

    Fulfill the academic and career-ready skills required for the Minnesota police officer licensure.

  • Psychology and Criminal Justice Insight

    Study the psychology of a criminal's mind and participate in courtroom scenarios to gain an understanding of the legal system.

  • Marksmanship and Defensive Tactics

    Explore marksmanship and defensive tactics for violent confrontations and combat gunfighting.

  • Criminal Investigation

    Examine the investigation processes for crime scenes and crashes, including evidence collection, handling, processing and documentation.

Academic Certificate Curriculum

Our Law Enforcement Academic Certificate curriculum is designed to meet Minnesota licensing requirements. Our industry-experienced instructors are dedicated to working with you one-on-one to develop you into a high-caliber law enforcement professional. In fact, our advanced curriculum and dedicated instructors have helped our graduates maintain a 87% pass rate on state licensing exams.*

Law Enforcement Skills Training

Our Law Enforcement Skills Certificate offers a unique and advanced approach to law enforcement training by incorporating realistic settings that include the same facilities, equipment, scenarios and tactics used by law enforcement professionals. Our instructors work diligently to develop your physical abilities to the highest level while focusing on repetitive, real-time and practical application of law enforcement tactics under high-pressure situations.

*First-time testing pass rate for the MN Peace Officer Licensing Examination is 87% for December 2010 to June 2014 Rasmussen College graduates.

Our Grads Achieve Career Success

Graduates from our School of Justice Studies programs are working for leading employers, including:*

  • Columbia Heights Police Department
  • Minneapolis Park Police Department
  • Minnetonka Police Department
  • Nicollet County Sheriff's Office
  • Rosemount Police Department
  • Wright County Sheriff's Office


Success Rate

90% of responding December 2012 to June 2013 graduates across all programs are working in their field of study or continuing their education.*

*Employer information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the organizations shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities at these organizations will be available.

Average Starting Salary

for our Academic and Skills Certification Graduates:

  • Certificate$34,022

Program Entry Requirements

In addition to meeting standard Rasmussen College admission requirements, you will need to pass a background check and submit to a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension background check. 

Students enrolling in the Skills Certificate must have conferred an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in a criminal justice-related field from a POST Board-approved college or university. Students enrolling in the Academic Certificate must have conferred an Associate's or Bachelor's degree.

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How Much Could You Earn as a Law Enforcement Professional?

In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.* Here is the average salary and projected job growth for law enforcement professionals:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2022)
Transit and Railroad Police$33,140$43,130$55,4904%
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers$32,670$41,910$56,1306%

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years, bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm, census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh/

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Through our comprehensive SUPPORT+ student services, our student financial services advisors help you receive affordable tuition as you earn your degree. Browse our options to see how you can save:

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