Law Enforcement


Next program start date

July 01, 2024

Finish in as few as

9 months Academic Certificate1

Learning includes

  • Online

Rasmussen University’s Law Enforcement Certificate is the perfect stepping-stone to help you reach your ultimate goal of serving your community. Our Law Enforcement Certificate provides you with the academic principles you need to obtain your Minnesota Peace Officer Licensure. This Certificate program requires students to have a degree from a regionally accredited institution. The online Academic Certificate allows you to gain required academic components online in as few as nine months.1

The Law Enforcement Certificate program is not aligned to the standards of any professional licensing body other than the MN POST and is not intended to satisfy professional licensure requirements of any professional licensing agency in any other state.

Request Information

After this credential

What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Strive for MN Peace Officer Licensing

Our Law Enforcement program is approved by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board.2 Graduates are eligible to sit for the Minnesota Peace Officer Licensing Exam after they have successfully completed the required academic and skills training.

Make a Positive Impact

Our Law Enforcement curriculum gives you the knowledge and skills you need in preparation for law enforcement and to make a positive impact on your local community.

Pursue Potential Law Enforcement Job Growth

A Law Enforcement certificate from Rasmussen University can help set you up for success in this growing field.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2020 and 2030 for Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers is 7%.3

Take the Next Step—Talk to Us!

There are some errors in the form. Please correct the errors and submit again.

Request More Information

Request More Information About Our Law Enforcement Program

Fill out the form to receive information about:

  • Program Details and Applying for Classes
  • Financial Aid and FAFSA (for those who qualify)
  • Customized Support Services
  • Detailed Program Plans

Step 1 of 3

What's Your Name?

Step 2 of 3

Contact Information

Step 3 of 3

Program Preferences
Do you have potential transfer credits?

By submitting this form by clicking “Submit”, you are providing your signature and your express written consent, and hereby agree to receive information via electronic means, which may include a telephone system, an automated dialing system, a recorded message device, soundboard technology, over-the-top messaging, text or media messaging, voice messages, and/or email about upcoming courses, recruitment events, newsletters, and other resources from Rasmussen University. This consent is not a condition of enrollment or purchase.

You may withdraw your consent at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy, terms, or contact us for more details.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


What Skills Will I Gain?

Psychology and Criminal Justice Insight

Academic Certificate

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

Professional Communication

Academic Certificate

Learn advanced writing and human interaction skills to help you succeed in your communication and reporting duties.

law enforcement officer in car using CB radio
With a level head and the determination to serve the greater good, you can become the dedicated law enforcement professional you strive to be.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

  • Ethics and Psychology for Law Enforcement Professionals

    • CJE 2566
    • Online
    • 3 Credits

    Academic Certificate

    Examines the ethical dilemmas encountered by law enforcement professionals. Analyzes the roles of discretion, bias and professionalism in the field. Also examines sources and effects of stress in law enforcement and explores preparation for and management of stress.

  • Communication and Problem Solving in Law Enforcement

    • CJE 2422
    • Fully Online
    • 4 Credits

    Academic Certificate

    Explores the various communication and problem-solving skills required to be successful in law enforcement. Examines effective interpersonal skills, written skills, and communication techniques appropriate for the incident or audience. Topics covered are crisis intervention and crisis management techniques, the importance of effective listening, and interviewing skills.

  • Special Populations: Law Enforcement Responses

    • CJE 1775
    • Fully Online
    • 4 Credits

    Academic Certificate

    Explores the role of law enforcement in serving special populations in our communities. It focuses on mental illness, substance abuse, and other disabilities. Examines law enforcement’s work with victims and explores cultural diversity in policing.

10 Courses to Complete

35 Credit Hours

Estimate Your Tuition

Estimate Your Tuition

Rasmussen University is committed to making education more affordable for all students. Our tuition estimating tool can help you visualize the cost of your degree and see what savings opportunities are available to help you achieve it.

Estimate Your Tuition

Estimate Your Tuition

Tuition Estimator

View transcript(Scroll to see full transcript)

Rasmussen University believes in helping you make your education as affordable as possible.

Our interactive tuition estimator is designed to help you discover how much you could save on a degree from Rasmussen University.

Simply enter your ZIP code, select the program and credential you're interested in, and click “next”.

Right away, you can see the total estimated cost of your selected degree.

As you engage with the tool, you may see this number start to go down.

You also have the option to see how attending full-time or part-time could impact your tuition—and what your tuition estimate looks like, broken down by quarter.

The tuition estimator walks you through a number of ways you could reduce your overall tuition.

Click the tabs or the “back” and “next” buttons to move through the tool.

Within each tab, answer the question shown as accurately as you can, by interacting with the slider, select menu or radio buttons shown.

You might not feel totally confident in all of your answers. That's okay. This tool is just generating an estimate of how much your degree might cost.

The last tab of the tool shows you your results, including how much you could potentially save on your Rasmussen degree.

Remember, the numbers shown here are just estimates, and the true cost of your degree will vary.

Talk with an admissions advisor for more information about how to make your Rasmussen degree as affordable as possible.


What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen University School of Justice Studies vary depending on the program. We do not require enrolling students to submit standardized test scores; however, every entrant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE): This program meets standards established by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (MN POST) for persons who seek employment in Minnesota as a peace officer. Graduates of this program may need to successfully complete additional academic coursework, training, practical/skills and fitness standards before becoming eligible to sit for the MN Peace Officer Licensing Exam.

Talk to an admissions advisor

Class Locations

Where Can I Find a Law Enforcement Program Near Me?

At Rasmussen University, we want our courses to be available on your schedule, not the other way around. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus and nationally online, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. See below to find out where you can find a Law Enforcement Certificate program near you.

  • Online
  • Minnesota