Entrance Requirements

The Law Enforcement Academy has a maximum capacity for sixty students; therefore acceptance into the academy will be competitive, based upon the following criteria:

  • Completion of 85 hours of the 134 hours required for graduation. With the exception of CRIM 321 (Report Writing) and CRIM 391 (Internship), all FSU general education, COEHS and CJ core requirements must be completed by the end of the spring semester preceding entry into the academy. The required classes for the internship and report writing must be completed in the summer semester prior to entering the Academy orientation.
  • Minimum of a 2.5 GPA by the end of the spring semester preceding entry into the academy. Each May, applicants will be ranked by GPA, and the top 45 applicants will be given first consideration for entry into the Academy. Grades received for courses taken after May will not be used in the ranking process for Academy admission.
  • Meet and maintain all licensing requirements (including testing and paperwork) for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers as listed on the attached Employment Standards for Michigan Law Enforcement Officers. Questions of eligibility should be referred to MCOLES.


All MCOLES required testing and paperwork (see attached MCOLES               Employment Standards sheet) must be completed and submitted to             the Criminal Justice Office prior to entrance into the Law Enforcement           Academy:

  • MCOLES Standards Compliance Affidavit, signed and notarized
  • MCOLES Personal History Statement
  • Information Release Authorization

Please note: Applicants who possess questionable moral character may         be denied entry into the Academy.