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Law Enforcement-Corrections Program at Ridgewater College

The Law Enforcement A.A.S. and A.A. degrees and the Corrections A.A. degree are now available FULLY ONLINE!

  • ESTABLISHED program offers THREE DISTINCT TRACKS 
  • Available in a FULLY ONLINE option 
  • STRONG TRANSFER PARTNERSHIP with St. Cloud State University 
  • Classes taught by seasoned LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS​

The Law Enforcement program at Ridgewater is an established and successful two-year college degree program.  The program offers 3 distinct educational tracks to broad choices to meet student needs:

  • Law Enforcement A.A.S. Degree (Professional Peace Officer)
  • Liberal Arts A.A. Degree (Peace Officer Emphasis)
  • Liberal Arts A.A. Degree (Corrections Emphasis)

The curriculum, designed to prepare students to pass the Minnesota Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST) Board’s examinations, follows the objectives established by the POST Board and has been certified by it.

The A.A.S. Degree option is designed for the individual who wants to become a peace officer in Minnesota. After completion of the program, the student will be authorized to take the POST Board Examination. Students who pass are eligible to be licensed peace officers in the State of Minnesota.

Curriculum is divided into three general areas:

  1. Component I - Law Enforcement courses
  2. Component II - Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)
  3. Component III - Electives

The primary advantage of the A.A.S. degree is that it is the shortest route to employment as a peace officer in Minnesota. The primary disadvantage is that Component II does not meet all the goals or the total credit requirements of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Consequently, if the student elects to transfer to any public university in Minnesota with the A.A.S. degree, they will be required to meet the MnTC requirements of the transfer institution. Students who elect to transfer with the A.A.S. degree will transfer individual courses. No college/university will accept as transfer any courses in which the student earned a grade of less than “C-”. Students who intend to eventually earn a four-year degree are advised to pursue the A.A. degree track and work closely with their advisor.

This program is designed for those who want to become a MN peace officer and who may want to transfer to a four-year program. The program has two components:

  • A law enforcement component necessary to be eligible to be a MN licensed peace officer.
  • An MnTC component necessary for a four-year degree.

After completion, the student will be authorized to take the POST Board Examination. Students who pass the POST Exam are eligible to be MN licensed peace officers. The primary advantage of the A.A. degree is that it meets the MnTC requirements for the bachelor’s degree at all public universities in Minnesota. With this degree, the student who elects to transfer is assured that they will transfer as juniors. It also affords students more flexibility in the selection of the general education courses.

This program track is designed for individuals who want to work in the criminal justice system in some capacity other than as a peace officer.  This may include work as:

  • Probation Officers
  • Parole Officers
  • Corrections Counselor
  • Community Corrections Officer

The student is awarded an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from Ridgewater College upon successful completion of the 60 credit curriculum including the Minnesota transfer curriculum (MnTC) with an accumulative GPA of at least 2.00.

2016-2017

Liberal Arts A.A. Degree
(Law Enforcement/Corrections Emphasis)
Willmar
60 Credits

Law Enforcement: Professional Peace Officer Education A.A.S. Degree
Willmar
67 Credits

2015-2016

Liberal Arts A.A. Degree
(Law Enforcement/Corrections Emphasis)
Willmar
60 Credits

Law Enforcement: Professional Peace Officer Education A.A.S. Degree
Willmar
67 Credits