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Criminal Justice

Consider a career in criminal justice
Our criminal justice (CJ) program exposes students to relevant social, political, economic, and philosophical issues confronting the justice system both within the U.S. and in other countries. To meet the demands created by issues such as prison overcrowding, rising crime rates and violence, domestic abuse, and international and domestic terrorism, the need for qualified graduates has increased significantly.

CJ majors not only gain knowledge about the etiology and dynamics of crime, the structures and functions of agencies, and the general operation of the criminal justice system, but they also acquire practical skill to implement this knowledge for developing evidence-based approaches and solutions to the ever-changing issues facing contemporary society.

Learn with Minot State
Our curriculum is one of the most comprehensive in the upper Midwest and is delivered in both traditional and online formats. The course of study addresses issues in each component of the criminal justice system. You can augment your degree with minors in Police Management and Investigation; Law and Legal Studies; and Offenders, Risk Assessment and Corrections, as well as a concentration in Criminal Justice Research and Policy Evaluation. Our 2018 students scored in the top 92% nationally on the Area Concentration Achievement Test (ACAT).

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Job opportunities
The focus of undergraduate education in criminal justice at Minot State is directed towards the development of both applied practitioners and the advanced training of those seeking to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree. As a social and behavioral science degree, the criminal justice program prepares you for a wide variety of career opportunities in law, law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and juvenile justice. Criminal justice professionals may interact with agencies at the federal, state, and local level and with professionals in private security, loss prevention, counseling, and treatment.
Peace Officer Training Program
The Minot State CJ program, in collaboration with Lake Region State College, offers the N.D. Peace Officer Training Program (POST) each spring semester. The program, which runs for 16 weeks, gives CJ students interested in law enforcement related careers the opportunity to graduate with their undergraduate degree and the POST certification.
Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.