Law Enforcement Academy

How to Apply

Please carefully read all of the instructions on this page that match your situation.

Different steps apply to cadets wanting to earn college credit vs. cadets only earning a POST.


I want to get my POST only
  1. Apply to Missouri Western as a non-degree seeking student, paying the $15.00 application fee.
  2. This means you will not be eligible for federal financial aid.
  3. Apply to the Law Enforcement Academy. A complete checklist of documents needed is included in the application packet. Please contact us at (816) 271-5843 if you have any questions. The full-time or part-time application packet may be downloaded below. Please mail the application to: Law Enforcement Academy, Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Drive, Wilson Hall 202, St. Joseph, MO 64507.
  4. For the full-time academy, you will earn a total of 21 credits that can be applied toward a criminal justice degree.
  5. For the part-time academy, you will earn a total of 21 credits that can be applied toward a criminal justice degree.
Missouri Western Application Full-time application Part-time application
I want to get my POST and work toward an associate or bachelor’s degree
  1. Register at Missouri Western as a degree seeking student, paying the $15.00 application fee.
  2. This means you MAY be eligible for federal financial aid.
  3. Submit ACT scores or take placement tests to determine if you need to enroll in developmental coursework.
  4. Determine if you can simultaneously take developmental work and the Law Enforcement Academy curriculum.
  5. If you cannot successfully complete both developmental work and the academy curriculum (which is most likely to be the case), complete required developmental coursework before attempting the academy curriculum.
  6. Apply to the Law Enforcement Academy. A complete checklist of documents needed is included in the application packet. Please contact us at (816) 271-5843 if you have any questions. The full-time or part-time application packet may be downloaded below. Please mail the application to: Law Enforcement Academy, Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Drive, Wilson Hall 202, St. Joseph, MO 64507.
  7. For the full-time academy, you will earn a total of 21 credits that can be applied toward a criminal justice degree.
  8. For the part-time academy, you will earn a total of 21 credits that can be applied toward a criminal justice degree.
Missouri Western Application Full-time application Part-time application