Department of Criminal Justice Studies


Criminal Just Studies Student

Undergraduate and graduate programs

BA in Criminal Justice Studies 45-52 credits

After completion of a 12-course core, students have a choice of focus between Corrections & Reentry, Public and Private Safety, and Victim Services.


Minor in Criminal Justice Studies 21 credits

To add the minor to your program of study, please email


Peace Officer Licensure Training Become a licensed peace officer in Minnesota

View additional requirements for students wishing to become licensed peace officers in Minnesota. Coursework may be counted towards student's 120-credit bachelor degree. 


MS in Criminal Justice Studies 30 credits

Tools and training to provide efficient and effective service to ever-changing local, state, and national conditions. 

Pre-Law advising Get into law school

Connect with the pre-law advisor to improve your chances in the highly competitive law school admissions process. 


Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

As society continues to request a highly educated criminal justice professional, along with many organizations looking for tomorrow's leaders, a B.A. in Criminal Justice will equip future leaders with a solid, irreplaceable tool in their professional portfolio. 

The Credit for Prior Learning Program is an opportunity for professionals in criminal justice fields to use their experience to acquire credits toward the completion of the B.A. in Criminal Justice at St. Cloud State. Using their working knowledge, working professionals may draw upon their experience to complete a comprehensive exam and earn up to 21 credits out of a 60-credit transition. 

Contact Dr. Mario L. Hesse for more information. 

1. What is the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Program?

2. Can I use work experience towards a bachelor’s degree?

3. Am I considered a working criminal justice practitioner?

4. How do I receive credits for my experience?

5. When will I receive my credits?

6. Will I have to pay for the credits that I am looking to gain?

7. What is the best way to demonstrate my experience deserves credits for individual courses?

8. What costs will this program look to save me in the long run?

9. How will I know what credits I have earned for the program?

10. What if I am denied credits that I have attempted to gain credit for?

11. Is there a cost for the CPL comprehensive exam?

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