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  • Course Delivery
    residential
  • Total Credits
    122
  • Yearly Tuition
    $36,050
  • Duration
    4 Years

Program Overview

Within the criminal justice program, Saint Mary's offers a corrections track for students seeking careers in juvenile or adult corrections and associated fields within various correctional settings.

Corrections track students study subjects organized around a core of criminal justice courses with topics including law enforcement, the judicial process, drugs, crime, and the correctional system. They are also exposed to a variety of other disciplines within the social sciences such as political science, psychology, sociology, and human services. With faculty who bring both academic and field experience right to the classroom, students receive an educational understanding along with real-world knowledge as they prepare for a career in the corrections field.

Criminal justice studies also include a law enforcement track for students who desire careers as police officers or in other law enforcement roles. For those seeking that path, Saint Mary's is certified by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST) and graduates comply with the first step in licensing by POST.

Career Options

Border patrol; customs inspector; correctional officer; drug counselor; drug enforcement administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation agent; police officer; probation/parole officer; protective service; security.

Taking Classes

This residential, four-year program is offered on our Winona Campus, with daytime classes and a full student life experience.

Course Information

Providing an overview of criminal justice institutions, the causes of crime, and issues relating to social control with coursework in law enforcement, the judicial process, drugs and crime, and correctional processes with additional coursework specific to policy, theory and society. Students complete either a research project or an internship.

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Official high school transcript
  3. Official test scores - ACT, SAT, or Classic Learning tests are accepted.
  4. An essay or brief personal statement. In 250 words or fewer, please tell us about: a significant experience you've had, an accomplishment or risk you have taken, a person who has made a difference in your life, a topic of concern to you, or anything else you think would help us learn more about you. You can also choose to submit a graded paper or write something new!
  5. Letters of recommendation are optional.
  6. If you choose to upload a document, please make sure your file is either a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx), an RTF file, or a PDF file. Any other format (including Google Docs) will not load into your application.
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Key Dates

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $36,050 Per Year

Fees

Room:$5,230
Board:$4,120
Activity fee:$170
Technology fee:$370
Laundry fee:$80

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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