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Information for Prospective Students

If you are considering a career in law enforcement you should be aware that in Minnesota, licensing candidates must complete comprehensive college preparation and pass a state licensing examination.

You should consult the listing of Professional Peace Officer Education programs (PPOE) and select one or more programs that fit into your overall educational plans.  Contact the PPOE coordinator to receive answers for your particular case.  If you already possess a post-secondary degree, you need only complete the law enforcement coursework.  Please consult the tab "Becoming an Officer" for more information.

Please be aware that there are certain selection criteria you will have to meet to become licensed in Minnesota.  Please consult the "minimum selection standards" to become fully aware of these criteria.

Once you have met the educational requirements, you will have to take and pass the Peace Officer Licensing Exam to become eligible for a license.  Licensure occurs only after you have been appointed to a peace officer position.

Contact Peggy Strand, Education Coordinator if you have questions pertaining to Professional Peace Officer Education at 651-201-7782 or  


Choosing a School

There are no police academies in Minnesota. Instead, those interested in becoming a licensed peace officer must:
  • Earn a degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and
  • Successfully complete a program of professional peace officer education, referred to as the PPOE, from one of the colleges and universities certified by the POST Board.
Unless you already have a degree the quickest way to become licensed is to complete both requirements simultaneously by attending one of the schools on the POST Board’s list of certified PPOE schools. Choosing the right school for you is important.
Access this document to learn more about how to choose a school that’s right for you.