Individual credits and completion times vary
Earn credit for Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) continuing education requirements, military training, and more.
What You’ll Learn
- How various facets of the criminal justice system influence each other
- Decision-making processes and how they impact the criminal justice system
- Principles of leadership and management to empower others
- Awareness, respect, adaptability, and inclusion for sociocultural diversity
- Critical and creative thinking skills, self-evaluation, and resilience
- Ethical and professional behavior
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Let’s Make it Count
Prior credits earned, past work experience, military service. They all count toward finishing your degree. All of them. Get maximum credit for what you already know, so you’re not starting over — you’re finishing stronger.
- Your past credits are always eligible – they never expire
- Technical college credits are accepted
- Transfer up to 90 credits (75% of your bachelor of science degree)
- Transfer credits for prior learning
- You can apply standardized tests such as CLEP or DSST toward your degree.
- We accept military, industry, and business training via the American Council on Education (ACE) or PLA
Submit your transcripts and we’ll get started creating a personalized degree plan for you. Find out how quickly you can earn your degree.
Apply for Admissions
Apply anytime to finish your bachelor’s degree. Many of the programs have six start times per year. Start here to take the next step.
- Applicants must demonstrate an overall grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale with evidence of at least 30 transferable semester credits¹.
- These credits must include completion of one basic English composition course with a grade of “C-”or better.²
- Applicants may be required to complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admissions process.
¹These credits may be made up of:
- Industry Training and Military Separation Paper carrying American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations or,
- Past College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) exam credits or,
- International credits evaluated by a source accepted by Saint Mary’s University or,
- Any credits transferable from a regionally accredited or non-regionally accredited institution.
²The English composition course requirement helps the student prepare for college level coursework. The applicant may be conditionally admitted if he or she cannot prove competency in this area, in which case the CLEP College Composition exam with essay or a similar university course must be taken within the first semester of study at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Students who have completed 30 credits from an accredited institution within the U.S. or the equivalent of these credits from an institution in an approved waiver country are exempt from demonstrating English language proficiency. Otherwise, students with transcripts from universities located outside of the U.S. are required to take and pass English proficiency testing.
Saint Mary’s accepts:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
- International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
- Duolingo Language Test with a minimum score of 100
- Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
Please see our academic catalog for a list of all approved waiver countries.
Your application must include the following items:
- Completed application form
- All official transcripts issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from all previous institutions attended with a minimum of 30 semester credits with a basic English composition course.
- An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution.
- Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards.
- Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES.org) will also be accepted.
Official Transcripts should be sent to Office of Admission
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
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Minneapolis, MN 55404
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Please reach out with any questions about the application process.
Phone: (612) 728-5100
Toll-free: (866) 437-2788
Priority Deadlines: Applicants completing the application process by the priority deadline are guaranteed consideration for their intended start date.*
- Fall 2023: Friday, Aug. 4, 2023
- Spring 2024: Friday, Dec. 1, 2023
- Summer 2024: Friday, April 5, 2024
- Fall 2024: Friday, Aug 2, 2024
*Not all programs offer starts each semester
- Fall 2023 : Aug. 28
- Fall 2023 term 2: Oct. 23
- Spring 2024: Jan. 8
- Spring 2024 term 2: March 4
- Summer 2024 : May 6
- Summer 2024 term 2: July 1
- Fall 2024: Sept. 2
You can expect to be notified about your acceptance approximately two weeks following your application completion date.
Tuition & Fees
We help you find ways to finance your education. Talk to your Enrollment Counselor about scholarships, loans, and other ways to make education affordable.
In addition to foundational courses, you’ll take courses such as:
- Criminal Justice and Process
- Ethical Decision Making in the Criminal Justice System
- Diversity in Criminal Justice
The course catalog provides complete information about course requirements.
Careers & Salary
Now is the time to fast forward your career as a police officer, sheriff deputy, crime prevention specialist, corrections officer, or probation officer — or maximize your critical thinking skills for a career with the border patrol or Homeland Security.
Police Officer$66,020 per year*
Private Detective$59,380 per year*
Correctional Officer$47,920 per year*
Find the right program for right now — or the future. Saint Mary’s offers adult degree completion programs, as well as graduate certificates, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
Frequently Asked Questions
Saint Mary’s offers a generous transfer policy. Many can transfer up to 90 credits toward our degree completion programs. Our transfer counselor specialists will guide you through the process.
At Saint Mary’s, we want you to succeed, and we help you do so, inside and outside of the classroom:
Student Central: Your one stop for student services
Library: Resources and services are available 24/7 to all students.
Writing Center: Offers virtual and face-to-face services to support students
Career Services: Can help you develop your career-readiness skills at any point in your education
The only thing virtual about your online experience is the classroom. Our flexible online programs offer the rigor and reputation you expect from Saint Mary’s.
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If you are in a degree-granting program and enrolled at least half time, you may be eligible for financial aid.
Life gets busy. Whether you’re raising a family, pursuing your career, or playing an active role in your community, we know you want to keep up with what you love while you take the next step in your career. That’s why Saint Mary’s online programs are flexible and designed to fit your demanding life.
News and Information from the School of Health and Human Services
Sources and Disclaimer
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Protective Service Occupations at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/home.htm (visited April 11, 2022).
**This program is not designed or intended to meet educational requirements for law enforcement officer licensure in any jurisdiction. For more information about Saint Mary’s programs and peace officer certification in Minnesota, visit our Professional Licensure page