Applied Studies: Law Enforcement at a glance
North Central University’s Applied Studies: Law Enforcement program will prepare you for a career as a professional law enforcement officer. Offered in partnership with Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC), you’ll earn a bachelor’s degree from North Central and an associate’s degree from MCTC while pursuing a fulfilling career in an in-demand field.
What sets us apart
Skills you’ll gain
When you graduate from the Law Enforcement program, you’ll be prepared with the skills, knowledge, and hands-on training to:
- Understand Minnesota statutes, the U.S. Constitution, criminal, and traffic law
- Use the skills necessary for daily enforcement, including handling and using firearms, decision shooting, armed and unarmed defense tactics, high-speed and pursuit driver techniques, low- and high-risk traffic stop tactics, in-progress crimes and domestic violence tactics, criminal investigation and arrest procedures, traffic law enforcement, and accident investigation
- Apply critical thinking, effective communication, and principles of human behaviour to your job
- Use hands-on skills as the situation requires
Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:
- Law Enforcement Officer
- Uniformed Police Officer
- State Police Officer
- Transit or Railroad Police Officer
- Criminal Investigator
You could work in a variety of settings, including:
- Police departments
- Sheriff’s departments
- Department of Natural Resources
- Minnesota State Patrol
- Private security organizations
- Federal law enforcement agencies
Minors & supporting programs
We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:
- Alcohol & Drug Counseling
- Intercultural Studies
- Leadership Development
- Urban Studies
See the full list of minors and supporting programs.
Dale Houghton ‘12
"The student to professor ratio is wonderful. I loved that the professors not only knew who I was, but took a vested interest in my life and career, encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone to advance my career."
All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete an Applied Studies: Law Enforcement degree.
Want to learn more?
Download the one sheet!
Simply fill in your info on the form to download the informational one sheet that covers:
- An overview of the program
- Classes you’ll take
- Exciting jobs you can get after graduation
Interested in earning your degree in Applied Studies: Law Enforcement?