Photo of the Michigan State Police emblem on the side of a patrol car.
The Baker College Criminal Justice (CRJ) department has established an articulation agreement with the Michigan State Police (MSP) providing graduates of the MSP Academy an opportunity to enter Baker’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with 42 credits already completed.
Their dedication to rigorous training is now paying off academically as MSP officers enjoy a dual advantage– in addition to being paid during their time at the academy, they can now convert their training into academic credits, positioning themselves for future promotions and increased earning potential.
Barb Van Loon, CRJ Program Director and Chapter Advisor for Pi Zeta Epsilon, Baker’s chapter of the Criminal Justice Honor Society Alpha Phi Sigma, expressed her enthusiasm about the agreement. “Our CRJ program is top-notch and is being revised and updated regularly. It is completely online, so it is convenient for officers working full-time shifts. Almost every instructor is still active and working in their field– bringing real-life experiences to the classroom.”
Baker is supporting the law enforcement community, its pursuit of justice, and helping to further prepare the next generation of law enforcement officers who will uphold principles of justice and security in our communities. Van Loon stressed the importance of building strong connections with criminal justice professionals across the state. “Our community is working together to administer equal justice to our citizens. The more we mingle and network, the more we can share resources and solve issues that affect us all,” she said.
Baker College is an independent, private, non-profit institution that grants associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees on campuses across Michigan and online. Founded in 1911, the institution’s mission is to provide an inclusive, innovative, and transformative educational experience, driven by a student-first philosophy. Learn more about the Criminal Justice Program at Baker and follow on X, Meta, and Instagram. For specific MSP agreement questions and details on how to enroll in the program, contact Barb Van Loon.