Law Enforcement Program

The Law Enforcement Program at Minnesota West, Worthington campus provides a two year program in law enforcement. Students may enroll in the Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree or the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree program. The A.A. transfers into a baccalaureate degree, while the A.A.S. prepares students for a variety of careers in law enforcement.

See the Law Enforcement webpage for more information.

Application Procedure:

A.A. Degree applicants
If you are planning to earn an Associate of Arts Degree in law enforcement and transfer to a four-year program, you must complete the steps for General Admission.

A.A.S. Degree applicants
A separate Law Enforcement Program application is required for admission to the A.A.S. Law Enforcement Program. Priority application deadline is April 1.

To be considered for acceptance into the A.A.S. Law Enforcement Program, you must complete the following:

  1. Complete the steps for General Admission. Students must complete developmental (preparatory) course work if Accuplacer Reading scores are below 77 or if they have comparable scores on the ACT test.

  2. Print and complete the Law Enforcement Program application.

  3. Schedule a physical exam with your physician. Have the physician complete this physical form documenting that you are physically able to complete the fitness courses.

  4. Complete the MMPI-2 Test (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2). Pre-registration and pre-payment for the test is required. Please contact the Law Enforcement Program Administrative Assistant to schedule a test time.

  5. Print and complete the MnSCU Student Vehicle Use Agreement Form. (Students must meet the requirements set forth by System Guideline 5.193.1 Driver's License Record Check associated with MnSCU Board Policy 5.19.)

  6. Provide a printed copy of your criminal history record report (public and private data) from the Minnesota BCA or from the lead state law enforcement agency in your state of legal residence. 

  7. Prepare a 250-word statement explaining why you want to become a law enforcement officer.

  8. Complete an interview with the coordinator of the Law Enforcement Program or his/her designee.  Please contact the Law Enforcement Program Administrative Assistant to schedule.


  9. Print and complete the Minimum Selection Standards Form

Send Application materials to:

Minnesota West Community & Technical College
Worthington Campus
Law Enforcement Program
1450 Collegeway
Worthington, MN 56187

Admissions Confirmation
Upon receipt of all documents, your file will be reviewed for your admission to the AAS Law Enforcement Program at Minnesota West. If you are accepted into the A.A.S. Law Enforcement Program, you will be sent a letter of confirmation. If you are not accepted, you will be sent a letter with explanation.


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