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2019-2020 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2019-2020 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Police Science, B.S.

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Program Description

The challenges and responsibilities of the modern police officer have undergone tremendous changes. Today’s police officer must be prepared to meet the needs and expectations of an ever-changing, complex, and diverse society. The Bachelor of Science in Police Science program provides officers an opportunity to become better prepared for meeting these new challenges. Together with other working professionals, officers study the management, leadership, and communication skills and law enforcement tools necessary to continue their personal and professional development and respond to societal needs.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Police Science program are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Incorporate community involvement in the creation of a safe environment.
  2. Apply leadership and management skills to law enforcement.
  3. Develop organizational systems that foster problem solving within their local communities.
  4. Interpret the laws, rules, regulations, and policies of the criminal justice system.
  5. Communicate effectively in a variety of modes.
  6. Work effectively with diverse populations.
  7. Examine the ethical implications of professional and personal actions in law enforcement.
  8. Recognize the need for lifelong learning.

Program Structure and Delivery

Courses in the program are delivered face-to-face.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 122 semester credits are required for graduation with the bachelor of science degree from Saint Mary’s University. All students must meet the general education credit requirements. A minimum of 36 credits is needed to complete the B.S. in Police Science program.

Required Police Science Courses 21 cr.
Required Capstone Course  3 cr.
Required Communication Courses  6 cr.
Elective Courses 6 cr.
Total Credits: Police Science Program 36 cr.


The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to undergraduate certificate and degree programs at any time during the year and, if accepted, begin the program during any one of the three semesters. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful undergraduate coursework. Applicants must provide evidence of at least 30 transferable semester credits upon acceptance, including completion of a basic English composition course. Applicants may complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admission process.

Application Process

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel and their immediate family).
  2. All official transcripts issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from all previous institutions attended with a minimum of 30 transferable 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 ( will also be accepted.

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404

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