Mission: Prepare students to be ethical and effective members of the criminal justice system by introducing them to the research-based knowledge and practical skills needed to promote public safety, quality of life, and restorative justice in the diverse communities they will serve.



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Criminal Justice Learning Communities

Interested in finding people who are like you to become your friends? Want to be successful in your coursework at Minnesota State University, Mankato?

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Job Opportunities

Check out current job opportunities in the criminal justice field

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Criminal Justice Career & Internship Fair

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The Department of Criminal Justice hosts a Criminal Justice Career and Internship Fair each year with a variety of employers in the criminal justice fields.

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Criminal Justice Graduate Programs

The Department of Criminal Justice is launching an M.S. in Criminal Justice and a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Leadership starting January 2024.


The Pre-Law program at Minnesota State Mankato is a pre-major, which means that it is done in conjunction with another academic major. Pre-majors do not have a set curriculum, although there are some courses that are recommended in preparing for law school.

Let's Talk CJ Podcast

Join the Department of Criminal Justice as they explore a variety of hot topics related to courses, programs and majors in the department.

Faculty and Staff

Learn more about the Criminal Justice faculty and staff.

Study Abroad

Learn about other nations' justice systems and responses to terrorism, as well as experience more fun than imaginable by visiting these unique places and meeting new people.

Criminal Justice Career Academy

The Criminal Justice Career Academy is a small learning community of Minnesota high school students taking introductory and foundational criminal justice courses. It is a faculty-led initiative in the Department of Criminal Justice at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Criminal Justice Career and Internship Fair

The Department of Criminal Justice is hosting a Criminal Justice Career and Internship Fair on Feb. 27, 2024, in the CSU Ballroom from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Learn about agencies, talk to professionals about full-time and part-time positions, and learn about internships that are available!

Job Opportunities

Job opportunities in Criminal Justice.

Contact Criminal Justice

Contact Criminal Justice with questions or for more information.