From investigating cases to helping probationers get back on their feet, a degree in law enforcement prepares you to help serve and protect every element of society. Studies have shown earning a college degree have a positive impact on law enforcement officer performance, and as technology rapidly advances, a host of new security threats advance with it, making a relevant degree in the sector more useful than ever. As a college-educated law enforcement professional, you enjoy more possibilities, benefit from a greater earning potential, and are best positioned for changes in the field.

Currently, most departments do not require entry-level officers to hold a degree, but many require some form of college coursework. As degrees become more commonplace, the need for law enforcement officers is likely to increase over time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs in law enforcement are expected to grow 4% between 2014 and 2024.

Choosing a Program

DO I NEED PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE TO GET IN?

Students without related work experience are in luck: most online bachelor's in law enforcement programs do not require any previous work experience.

CAN I WORK WHILE I COMPLETE MY ONLINE BACHELOR'S IN LAW ENFORCEMENT?

Typically, online bachelor's in law enforcement programs allow you to hold a job while you're in school. If you're working full-time, however, you may need to take a lighter course load, causing you to take longer to earn your degree.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES TO EARNING MY MASTER'S IN LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLINE?

There are several advantages to online bachelor's programs versus their traditional on-campus counterparts. Online programs offer more flexibility and convenience for people with busy lives, allowing you to log into programs any time of the week. Tuition for online programs is also frequently less than that of on-campus programs, and you don't have to move away to be closer to a school or make time to commute to campus.

WHAT ARE THE BEST ONLINE BACHELOR'S IN LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAMS?

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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 80%

One of the nation's preeminent research institutions, FSU offers an online law enforcement degree that takes an investigative approach to public safety. The 120-credit program runs asynchronously, allowing working professionals to further their educations while remaining on the job. The career-oriented degree combines the study of law enforcement theory with practical, hands-on techniques.

FSU'sbachelor of science in public safety and security, with a major in law enforcement intelligence prepares students for careers in public and private security, community and residential corrections, federal intelligence, and investigative agencies. The program provides a broad overview of the criminal justice system before focusing on intelligence gathering, ethics, the use of technology in criminology, evidence collecting, and interrogation.

The program's instructors come straight from law enforcement — as opposed to academia — and they work closely with students. A mandatory capstone course, which students usually complete during their final semester, places degree candidates in an internship role with a public safety agency.

In addition to law enforcement courses, distance learners fulfill FSU's general education requirements. They can also pursue a minor or add a certificate from a related field. Many students in the law enforcement intelligence program also enroll in the school's unique underwater crime scene investigation certificate program.

Applicants must complete at least 52 college-level credits before gaining admission into the program. Additionally, the university requires that students earn at least their final 30 credits through FSU.


Program Overview
Program Name: BS in Public Safety and Security With a Major in Law Enforcement Intelligence
Available Concentrations: Law enforcement operations
Tuition: $180/credit in-state; $686/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 120 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (850) 770-2201
Email: bpelham@pc.fsu.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Colorado State University Global

Greenwood Village, CO Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 69%

Launched in 2007, CSU Global became the nation's first online state university. A fully functioning entity within the Colorado State University System, the web-based institution now serves more than 18,000 learners annually.

The school offers a customizable degree in law enforcement online, in keeping with its mission of providing students with personalized degree pathways. In this 120-credit program, distance learners build a solid foundation in the essentials of criminal justice and then select from more than 20 specialization possibilities. These include customary law enforcement complements like criminology, forensics, and emergency management, along with less usual fields like information technology, project management, public relations, and healthcare administration.

Faculty deliver all coursework in the school's bachelor of science in criminal justice program entirely online in an asynchronous format. The major itself consists of 10 three-credit classes. Degree candidates must also fulfill the university's general education requirements. Courses run in accelerated, eight-week sessions. Specializations require 15 credits each, and distance learners can add more than one. Participants currently working at a public safety agency can also choose to complete a practicum.

Students attending classes through CSU Global all pay the same tuition, even if they reside outside of Colorado. The university also guarantees that a student's tuition will not increase while they are pursuing their degree. Most applicants need to hold either two years of work experience or at least 12 transferable college-level credits. The university allows students to transfer up to 90 credits toward a bachelor's degree.


Program Overview
Program Name: Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice
Available Concentrations: Data investigation; cyberthreat emergency management; department leadership
Tuition: $350/credit
Credit Requirements: 120 credits

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.3 minimum
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT
Work Experience: 2 years

Contact
Phone: (800) 920-6723
Email: Admissions@CSUGlobal.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 61%

A private, mid-sized institution based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Regent delivers its degrees from a Christian perspective. Students, faculty, and administrators all share a biblical calling to make a difference in the world. Regent hosts a bachelor of science in criminal justice with three concentrations areas: law enforcement, homeland security, and corrections. The degree readies distance learners for various careers, including bailiffs, police officers, detectives, game wardens, and homeland security and border patrol agents.

The curriculum of Regent'sbachelor of science in criminal justice takes participants through coursework in criminology, police studies, crisis intervention, corrections, and crime scene investigation. The core criminal justice major includes 10 required classes and two electives. A learner's concentration accounts for 12 more credits. Participants also take 18 credits related to the Bible and theology as part of the 49-credit general studies curriculum, and all classes preach a Christian point of view.

Regent offers a variety of other undergraduate online law enforcement degree programs, including a BS in leadership studies with a criminal justice concentration, a BS in cybersecurity, and a bachelor of applied science in criminal justice. Degree candidates must earn at least half of their credits through Regent. Coursework runs in accelerated, eight-week sessions, and faculty deliver most classes asynchronously.

Online and continuing education programs at Regent typically target adult learners who are at least 24 years old. Regent also ranks as one of the least expensive online Christian universities for undergraduates.


Program Overview
Program Name: BS in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
Tuition: $395/credit
Credit Requirements: 120-125 credits
Program Length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (800) 373-5504
Email: apply@regent.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Excelsior College

Albany, NY Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 45%

Founded in 1971 to offer educational opportunities to working professionals, Excelsior delivers dozens of web-based programs from its base in Albany, New York. These offerings include several comprehensive, online law enforcement degrees that run in accelerated, eight-week sessions.

Excelsior's bachelor of science in criminal justice gives students the option of two tracks: a traditional program and a homeland security concentration. Coursework covers policy and agency operations and promotes critical thinking when addressing crime in modern society. Distance learners can tailor their course of study by choosing from electives in areas like drug crimes, forensics, administration, emergency management, and community policing.

The curriculum of this 120-creditbachelor of science in criminal justiceincludes 34 general education credits and at least 33 major-related credits. The homeland security concentration features 15 credits, including coursework in domestic terrorism and emergency management. Excelsior requires that all degree candidates maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.

The university boasts a very generous transfer policy. Students can transfer in as many as 117 credits from approved sources. An individual with the maximum number of transferable credits can earn a degree by completing just one additional capstone course and a literacy class. Excelsior grants credit for work experience, military service, volunteer work, and professional training. Participants can also prepare an online portfolio and earn credits based on prior learning.


Program Overview
Program Name: Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice
Available Concentrations: Homeland security
Tuition: $510/credit
Credit Requirements: 120 credits
Program Length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (888) 647-2388
Email: admissions@excelsior.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 67%

OU created its web-based Extended Campus to provide online options to distance learners beyond its main campus in Norman. The public institution's many internet offerings include an online law enforcement degree that gives students the opportunity to choose in-demand specialization areas, such as homeland security, restorative justice, administrative leadership, and investigations and intelligence analysis.

The program accommodates the schedules of working professionals by offering fast-paced classes, and most students finish their studies within 2-3 years. By enrolling in four courses a semester (i.e., two in the first half and two in the second half), learners can rapidly earn the 120 credits needed for a bachelor's degree. The university delivers coursework in accelerated, eight-week sessions that run asynchronously.

The curriculum of thebachelor of science in criminal justice examines the field as it relates to the courts, corrections, and police work. Emphasizing leadership and conflict resolution skills, the program produces graduates ready to move into law enforcement positions or on to graduate school. Students must complete 40-50 general education credits, 30 major-related credits, and nine credits in their concentration. At least 40 credits must come from upper-division classes.

OU accepts as many as 90 credits toward a bachelor's degree from regionally accredited, four-year institutions. The final 30 credits, however, must come from OU itself. The university does not grant credit for work experience, but military training often applies. Classes proceed year round. Military and homeland security personnel pay in-state tuition costs, but nonresident students pay much higher rates.


Program Overview
Program Name: BS in Criminal Justice
Available Concentrations: Homeland security; administrative leadership; restorative justice; investigations and intelligence analysis
Tuition: $160/credit in-state; $672/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 120 credits
Program Length: 2-3 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (405) 325-2151
Email: admissions@ou.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Arizona State University - SkySong

Scottsdale, AZ Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 14%

Scottsdale-based ASU boasts a virtual campus that ranks among the country's largest. ASU Online serves more than 30,000 students with over 175 degree and certificate opportunities, including several online law enforcement degree programs.

The digital university'sbachelor of science in criminology and criminal justice examines ways to better understand and reduce crime at the local, state, and federal levels. Appropriate for recent high school graduates and law enforcement veterans alike, this course of study readies students for careers related to police work, corporate security, and corrections. The program also prepares graduates to pursue law or graduate school.

The 120-credit program features a total of 40 classes, each offered in 7.5-week, fast-track sessions. With six start dates a year, learners can begin their studies at their convenience and graduate in as little as 2.5 years. Offered through the school's college of public service and community solutions, students take mostly asynchronous classes. However, some instructors do hold real-time meetings online.

ASU's curriculum requires 45 upper-division credits, and at least 30 credits must come from the university itself. Students can complete necessary general studies credits in ten classes, and all learners must fulfill interdisciplinary requirements that split into three tracks: community, social work, and public service. Participants must maintain a 2.0 GPA. Many degree candidates elect to carry out an internship with a public service agency through the university's Handshake program.


Program Overview
Program Name: BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Tuition: $530/credit
Credit Requirements: 120 credits
Program Length: 2-3 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.5 minimum
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (866) 277-6589
Email: asuonline@asu.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Charter Oak State College

New Britain, CT Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 68%

A member of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, Charter Oak offers degree-completion programs in various career-oriented fields. From its base in New Britain, the university offers an online degree in criminal justice.

The fully onlinebachelor of science in criminal justice program provides an interdisciplinary foundation in the law enforcement field, requiring a full complement of liberal arts courses. The major itself accounts for 42 of the 120 credits required for a baccalaureate degree. The curriculum delves into subjects such as conflict resolution, corrections, rehabilitation programs, substance abuse counseling, policy, and the law. Learners also complete a culminating capstone course. Students must earn a "C" or better in all major courses.

Learners can also pursue an optional victim advocacy certificate. This option requires students to complete 15 credits, taking courses in sexual and domestic violence, victimology, victim's rights and services, and mental health/substance abuse in criminal justice. One additional related elective rounds out the specialty.

Charter Oak accepts applications from all interested individuals, 16 years or older, who hold at least nine college-level credits. The college grants credit for military or academy training, previous studies, college-level examinations, and even some noncollegiate courses. Graduates of two-year programs can transfer in as many as 87 credits toward their degrees.

Nonresident students pay about 20% more for tuition than Connecticut residents. Charter Oak holds regional accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.


Program Overview
Program Name: Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree Program
Available Concentrations: Criminal justice; victim advocacy
Tuition: $310/credit in-state; $410/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 120 credits

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (860) 515-3800
Email: info@charteroak.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Washington State University

Pullman, WA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 62%

Founded in 1890, WSU began offering criminal justice programming in 1943. The Pullman-based institution's program ranks as the second-oldest continuously run course of study in the nation, and students can now earn this degree online. The university uses new technology to meet its land-grant tradition of expanding access to education — all necessary courses for WSU'sbachelor of science in criminal justice can be completed online.

The curriculum for this 120-credit degree divides into several sections. Students must complete 15 credits related to procedure, policy, and theory; six credits covering criminal justice institutions; nine credits of criminal justice electives; nine credits of political science electives; three credits of college of arts and sciences electives; and six credits in research methods and quantitative analysis. Most courses follow the traditional semester schedule and use an asynchronous delivery format, giving distance learners the freedom to log in and complete coursework at their convenience.

This program has received national recognition for the quality of its faculty and its graduation and retention rates. Professors come from diverse, multidisciplinary backgrounds. They bring with them expertise in policy, constitutional law, gender studies, and public administration. Students also have the option to participate in internships for three academic credits; this allows them to gain professional experience in the field and make networking connections before they graduate.


Program Overview
Program Name: BA in Criminal Justice and Criminology
Tuition: $5,068/semester in-state; $5,665/semester out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 120 credits

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 3.5 minimum
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (509) 335-8611
Email: crmj@wsu.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Lowell, MA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 60%

UMass Lowell believes criminal justice graduates should receive a well-rounded education. As such, at least half of the 120 credits required for the school's onlinebachelor of science in criminal justice must come from general requirements and liberal arts electives. Students who enroll in the program complete at least 36 major-related credits, and the university recommends that students pursue minors in business, psychology, history, economics, English, and/or political science to enhance their course of study.

UMass Lowell's division of online and continuing education offers all of the credits required for this degree online; distance learners never need to visit campus. Participants pursue most coursework asynchronously and enjoy access to a variety of remote support services, including tech help, advising, and tutoring.

UMass Lowell uses a quintet of courses — the criminal justice system, policing, corrections, law, and criminology — to teach participants foundational knowledge in law enforcement. Students can then design their own degree pathway, choosing from an ample selection of electives. Options include counterterrorism, victim advocacy, child protection, corrections, and investigation and analysis.

Degree candidates interested in earning an advanced degree may apply two graduate-level courses to their bachelor's requirements; these credits can also be used to earn a master's at UMass Lowell, giving students a jump start toward a graduate degree. All online learners pay the same tuition, regardless of their state of residency.


Program Overview
Program Name: BS in Criminal Justice
Tuition: $380/credit
Credit Requirements: 120-122 credits

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (800) 480-3190
Email: admissions@uml.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Natchitoches, LA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 39%

A public institution located in the city of Natchitoches, NSU presents distance learners with a wealth of internet-based options through its digital campus — eNSU. Students pursuing the school's law enforcement administration degree online follow a relatively unusual curriculum. While many programs nationwide stress the policing and corrections end of criminal justice, eNSU's program approaches coursework from the legal side.

The university'sbachelor of science in criminal justice gives future law enforcement personnel the choice of two concentrations: prelaw and paralegal studies. This program is hosted by NSU's department of criminal justice, history, and social sciences.

This 120-credit program mixes in content from a variety of disciplines. Students must earn 41 credits in the major itself, but they also take several courses in psychology, sociology, and political science, in addition to the rest of the general education curriculum. The prelaw and paralegal concentrations each comprise seven courses. Most classes runs asynchronously, though professors occasionally host live meetings using videoconferencing.

The university schedules classes in eight-week sessions during most of the year. However, during the summer, students can earn credits quickly by enrolling in intensive, four-week terms. NSU does not require distance learners to visit campus, but they may attend during the spring when the campus hosts a law enforcement job fair.

NSU extends in-state tuition rates to all distance learners. The school also grants reduced tuition to first responders. Many students can expedite graduation by earning credits through the school's portfolio-based, prior learning assessment.


Program Overview
Program Name: BA in Criminal Justice
Available Concentrations: Pre-law; paralegal studies
Tuition: $2,590/semester
Credit Requirements: 120 credits
Program Length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (318) 357-6967
Email: crim_justice@nsula.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Webster University

Saint Louis, MO Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 64%

A private university founded in 1915 in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves, Webster University offers learners abachelor of arts in criminology. This program pays particular attention to international crime and terrorism, homeland security, white collar offenses, and crime prevention methods. The 128-credit course of study also emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills.

Students pursuing this online law enforcement degree must earn 43 credits in the major itself. These include six classes in the core criminology curriculum and at least one course related to each of criminal justice systems, special populations, and methods and data analysis. A total of 18 credits also come from related electives. All degree candidates take at least one class in a nonnative language and complete a senior capstone. Typically taken in their last semester, the three-credit capstone course looks back at the entire program and culminates in an overview paper.

Webster requires that all criminology majors earn a "C-" or better in criminology classes. At least 18 credits must come from classes at the 3,000 level and six from the 4,000 level. No more than six credits acquired from prior learning, internships, or other educational experiences may be applied toward the degree.

Coursework at Webster proceeds asynchronously, and the university provides all necessary credits online. Military personnel pay about a third of the tuition that other distance learners pay. Webster holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Criminology BA
Tuition: $710/credit
Credit Requirements: 128 credits
Program Length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (800) 753-6765
Email: admit@webster.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 48%

A Catholic institution in central Florida, Saint Leo ranks among the nation's leading providers of education to military personnel. The Benedictine university also boasts one of the busiest online campuses in the country, offering every one of its degrees online.

Saint Leo'sbachelor of arts in criminal justice is taught by faculty who share their expertise as crime scene investigators, federal agents, and detectives. An approved educational partner of the FBI National Academy Associates, Saint Leo also provides students with internship opportunities at places like the FBI, the Secret Service, the DEA, the U.S. Marshal Service, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the U.S. District Court.

Saint Leo's 120-credit online law enforcement degree offers participants the opportunity to specialize in homeland security or criminalistics — a form of forensics concerned with the study of evidence. The major core consists of eight courses in subjects such as criminal law, procedure, ethics, and criminal behavior. Students then complete 18 credits related to their concentration. Most professors deliver coursework asynchronously.

The university urges seniors without previous law enforcement experience to pursue a 6-15-credit field placement with a local, state, or federal agency. They might also choose to attend the Pasco-Hernando Police Academy, located forty minutes from Saint Leo. The university offers rolling admissions, enabling students to begin classes throughout the year.


Program Overview
Program Name: Criminal Justice Bachelor Degree
Available Concentrations: Criminalistics; homeland security
Tuition: $360/credit
Credit Requirements: 120 credits
Program Length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 3.2 minimum

Contact
Phone: (877) 622-2009
Email: admissions@saintleo.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Park University

Parkville, MO Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 23%

Founded in Parkville, Missouri in 1875, Park University now operates more than 42 campuses beyond its original home on the banks of the Missouri River. Students pursuing this private, liberal arts institution's law enforcement administration degree online receive a comprehensive overview of the U.S. criminal justice system. With that solid foundation, students can pursue one of three areas of concentration: law enforcement, corrections, or security. Graduates prepare for more than 40 career options in the public and private sectors.

All degree candidates at Park must earn a total of 120 credits to earn a baccalaureate degree. The core curriculum of the school's bachelor of science in criminal justice administration accounts for 45 of these credits. Concentrations require six credits each, and program participants can pursue additional certification in homeland security by completing 12 additional credits.

Students can elect to pursue an internship at an approved local, state, or federal agency or complete a senior research paper. Learners must also take a senior seminar, which serves as a culminating experience, and maintain a 2.0 GPA in the major. The university schedules classes in accelerated, eight-week terms and offers five start dates per year. Park accepts up to 75 transfer credits from two-year schools and grants credit for military training.

Online learners benefit from reduced tuition rates. A university with a long military tradition, Park extends even greater savings to current and former service members. Park holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Bachelor's in Criminal Justice Administration
Available Concentrations: Law enforcement; corrections; security
Tuition: $399/credit
Credit Requirements: 120 credits
Program Length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (888) 319-9522
Email: admissions@park.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 69%

Offering more than 30 programs online or in a hybrid format, Rowan provides students with many flexible education options. For example, the school's online BA in law and justice gives students an interdisciplinary understanding of the law and the social implications of crime and the justice system.

To earn this online law enforcement degree, students complete 120 total credits, including 51 credits in their major. The program features core courses in law and human rights, criminal justice research, and corrections. Students also get to pick several law and justice electives to tailor their education.

Faculty deliver most online programming asynchronously, though some courses may have scheduled class times. Prior to starting the program, online students must complete an online immersion prerequisite course to familiarize themselves with the delivery process. All online students pay the same tuition, regardless of their location.

To gain admission into the program, applicants must hold an associate degree or at least 24 transfer credits earned with a minimum 2.0 GPA. While Rowan welcomes all eligible transfer credits, students must complete at least 30 credits at the school itself. To maintain full-time status, learners must take 12-17 credits each term. Due to the flexibility in the course load and transfer credits, the length of the program varies for each student. Rowan holds regional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Program Overview
Program Name: BA in Law and Justice
Tuition: $470/credit
Credit Requirements: 120 credits

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum

Contact
Phone: (856) 256-4747
Email: global@rowan.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul, MN Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 27%

The online BS in law enforcement at Metropolitan State prepares students to enter or advance within the criminal justice field. Metropolitan State offers three program options for law enforcement students at different stages of professional development. The peace officers standards and training certified program prepares students to take the entry-level police exam, while the transfer pathways program offers students with an associate degree in law enforcement a faster route to a bachelor's degree. Finally, the law enforcement major completion program is a bachelor's degree path for licensed police officers.

Students must complete 120 credits to graduate with a law enforcement degree, including 54 major-related credits. These courses offer teachings in public policy, juvenile justice, and restorative justice. Required courses also include a six-credit skills practicum and a capstone internship or project. Students take eight credits of electives, plus any remaining general education credits to round out their degree requirements.

For admission into this online law enforcement degree program, applicants must hold at least 30 undergraduate credits earned with a 2.25 GPA minimum. Students must complete at least 24 credits in their major and 30 total credits at Metropolitan State to fulfill the school's residency requirements. Online students benefit from an asynchronous course delivery system and pay the same tuition rate, no matter where they live.

Metropolitan State holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: BS in Law Enforcement
Tuition: $304/credit
Credit Requirements: 120 credits

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.25 minimum
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (844) 456-3876
Email: admissions@metrostate.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Drury University

Springfield, MO Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 55%

Founded in 1873, DU offers its students various ways to complete courses and programs. In addition to traditional in-person programs at the school's main campus in Springfield, Missouri, students can take courses during the evening, study online, or choose blended courses. DU's online BS in law enforcement with a leadership concentration teaches students the skills and knowledge needed to enter the law enforcement field, as well as the leadership and communication skills necessary to advance into advanced roles.

To earn this law enforcement degree online, students must complete 124 credits. Learners take 45 credits in the major, including 15 credits in lower-division courses like behavioral sciences and financial basics. Eighteen upper-division credits come from courses in forensic science and public relations. Students also complete 12 credits in the leadership concentration by taking courses like conflict resolution. Finally, the general education requirements include a minimum of 45 credits.

For admission into the law enforcement program, students must possess a minimum 2.0 GPA. Faculty deliver courses asynchronously through eight-week or 16-week sessions. Students can take up to five courses or 17 credits during each semester. The school charges all online students the same tuition rate. DU holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: BS in Law Enforcement
Available Concentrations: Leadership
Tuition: $308/credit
Credit Requirements: 124 credits

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (417) 873-7879
Email: drury@drury.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 17%

In addition to its main campus in eastern Nebraska, BU offers more than 75 online programs to students around the world. The school's online BS in criminal justice delivers career-driven training to students looking to enter one of several criminal justice areas, including the courts, law enforcement, and corrections. Students learn about the social and ethical issues in the field, along with policies and procedures encountered in the legal world.

Requiring a total of 127 credits, the online law enforcement degree program at BU includes 36 general education credits and 51 elective credits. As part of the general education credits, students complete the nine-credit Kirkpatrick Signature Series, which teaches about American institutions and traditions. In the major, students take 40 credits covering topics related to victimology, social issues, and criminal and civil legal systems.

The primarily asynchronous format of this online program allows working professionals to balance work and study. Once students reach upper-division courses, they join a cohort, progressing through accelerated courses with a group of their peers. Cohort students complete the 40-credit major and the Kirkpatrick Signature Series in 72 weeks. All online students at BU pay the same tuition, regardless of their state of residency.

Applicants must possess an associate degree or at least 60 undergraduate credits earned with a minimum 2.0 GPA. While admission requirements do not include work experience, applicants with a relevant professional background may receive up to 12 transfer credits based on their experiences. BU holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: BS in Criminal Justice
Tuition: $415/credit
Credit Requirements: 127 credits
Program Length: 72 weeks

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum

Contact
Phone: (800) 756-7920
Email: admissions@bellevue.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Texas State University

San Marcos, TX Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 54%

From 303 enrolled students in 1903 to nearly 40,000 students from around the globe today, Texas State has witnessed significant expansion over the last century. The school currently offers over 200 programs on campus and online.

The school's online BS in criminal justice provides students with the knowledge and training needed to access many criminal justice areas, including parole, policing, and security. Some individuals even assume research and counseling-related positions. The program allows students to tailor their educations by choosing one of the three pathways: law enforcement, corrections, or general criminal justice.

This online law enforcement degree comprises 120 credits, 45 of which come from general education requirements. Students also complete 15 credits in lower-level core requirements, acquiring foundational knowledge in the criminal justice field. Participants take 60 upper-level credits through a combination of courses in their chosen concentration and electives. In addition to 16 credits from standard electives, students must complete 12 credits in advanced electives or create a minor. While the program does not require an internship, faculty strongly suggest that students take advantage of this option.

Most online programming at Texas State runs asynchronously to provide participants with increased flexibility. While the online format makes this program highly accessible for all distance learners, Texas residents benefit from lower tuition rates than nonresidents. For admission, applicants must hold a minimum 2.25 GPA. Applicants who rank lower than the top 10% of their graduating class must also submit SAT or ACT scores. Texas State holds regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: BS in Criminal Justice
Available Concentrations: Law enforcement; corrections
Tuition: $278/credit in-state; $693/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 120 credits

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.25 minimum
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (512) 245-1490
Email: appliedartsadvising@txstate.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, TN Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 44%

MTSU began offering online programs 1997. Today, the school's online offerings include more than 400 courses and 12 programs. Among these is MTSU's online BS in criminal justice administration with a concentration in law enforcement, which prepares students to work in policing or corrections. In addition to the law enforcement concentration, students can choose a homeland security option.

Of the 120 credits required to earn this degree in law enforcement online, students complete 41 credits in general education, 15-18 credits dedicated to a minor, and 13-16 credits of electives. In the major, learners take 48 credits, including 18 credits in criminal justice administration courses. Learners then complete the remaining 30 credits in the law enforcement concentration, choosing the courses that interest them most.

At MTSU, online programs run asynchronously. Students typically complete their degrees within four years. Students must hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher for guaranteed admission or possess a minimum 2.7 GPA with an ACT or SAT score of at least 19 or 980, respectively. Transfer students with more than 24 undergraduate credits must hold a minimum 2.0 GPA. The school invites students from across the country to enroll in the program, but it offers lower tuition rates to Tennessee residents. MTSU holds regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: BS in Criminal Justice Administration
Available Concentrations: Law enforcement
Tuition: $410/credit in-state; $542/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 120 credits
Program Length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.7 minimum
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (615) 898-2630
Email: Lance.Selva@mtsu.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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City University of Seattle

Seattle, WA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 49%

With locations around the world and fully online programs available, CityU promotes increased accessibility to education. The school's online BS in criminal justice teaches students to apply the principles of business administration to a criminal justice setting. Best suited for learners who wish to pursue a career in the administrative side of the criminal justice field, the justice administration concentration provides technical and operations training to prepare graduates for various office-based roles.

Comprising 180 quarter credits, students who earn this law enforcement administration degree online take 90 lower-division credits and 90 upper-division credits. Of the 90 credits at the lower-division, 55 come from general education courses and 35 relate to foundational criminal justice classes. In the upper division, learners complete 45 credits in the criminal justice core, covering topics in cybercrime, policy analysis, and risk management. The program also includes a five-credit capstone project. Students who choose the justice administration emphasis take 25 credits in this focus, with the remaining credits spent on electives.

The online programs at CityU combine asynchronous and synchronous delivery. First-year students do not need to meet any specific requirements. Transfer students, however, must possess a minimum 2.0 GPA. Additionally, CityU allows learners to transfer in up to 135 credits. Though not required, applicants who have completed a law enforcement training academy program may receive up to 25 transfer credits for this experience. CityU holds regional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


Program Overview
Program Name: BS in Criminal Justice
Available Concentrations: Justice administration
Tuition: $389/credit (100- and 200-level courses); $456/credit (300- and 400-level courses)
Credit Requirements: 180 credits

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (888) 422-4898
Email: info@cityu.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Waxahachie, TX Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 44%

SAGU students have attended classes on the school's main campus in Waxahachie, Texas, since 1943. The school also introduced distance education options more than 25 years ago to reach more students. One of its 50+ online programs, SAGU's BS in criminal justice provides students with the expertise and skills needed to succeed in the field. The program delivers hands-on learning and includes up-to-date practices to prepare graduates to work in contemporary criminal justice environments.

This online law enforcement degree program requires students to complete 127 credits, including 51 credits of general education courses and 27 credits of electives. SAGU encourages students to pursue a minor with their electives credits. Learners complete the remaining 48 credits in courses dedicated to the major, including topics like police operations, psychology, and security management. As part of the major, participants also complete a field practicum. Students usually graduate in four years.

Online programs at SAGU primarily run asynchronously, although some courses may feature scheduled meeting times. For admission, students must hold a minimum 2.0 high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores higher than 19 or 990, respectively. The program does not require work experience, but SAGU offers college credit for relevant professional experiences. Transfer students may bring in up to 96 transfer credits. All online students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of their state of residency. SAGU holds regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice
Tuition: $499/credit
Credit Requirements: 126 credits
Program Length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (888) 937-7248
Email: info@sagu.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Whitewater, WI Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 62%

Many of the programs at UWW provide working professionals with the chance to advance within their professions, including the school's law enforcement bachelor's (LEB) degree completion program. The LEB program offers law enforcement professionals who already hold an associate degree the opportunity to earn a bachelor's in the field. The program focuses on the patterns and causes of victimization and criminality, as well as the analytical reasoning and organizational processes used in the profession.

To graduate, students must accrue 120 total credits. Within the major, students take 36 credits in courses like criminal investigation, forensic documentation, and research methods. LEB students also complete a sociology minor, which consists of 21 credits. For most students, the majority of general education credits come in the form of transfer credits. Students then complete any remaining credits at UWW.

The online law enforcement degree combines online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses on the weekends. For online courses, the delivery methods vary between synchronous and asynchronous, depending on the course. Full-time students who already possess all of their general education credits can expect to graduate in approximately three additional years. While students from all over the country may apply, those who live in Wisconsin benefit from lower tuition rates than out-of-state students.

To gain admission, applicants must hold an associate degree earned with a minimum 2.0 GPA and at least three years of law enforcement experience. UWW gives preference to applicants who have completed all of their general education requirements prior to enrollment. The university holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Law Enforcement Bachelor's (Degree Completion)
Tuition: $321/credit in-state; $678/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 120 credits
Program Length: 3-4 years

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum
Work Experience: 3 years in law enforcement

Contact
Phone: (262) 472-1234
Email: smithlb@uww.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Midway University

Midway, KY Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 52%

Founded in 1847, Midway University offers students the chance to attend its 200-acre campus in Kentucky or pursue an education online. With the intention of offering professional and educational development opportunities to all learners, the school's online programs benefit working professionals in particular. The school's BS in criminal justice provides students with extensive training in criminal investigations, along with an understanding of criminal activity and the processes that result from it.

The program requires students to earn 120 credits, including 21 credits in the major. These courses cover topics in policing, corrections, and court procedures. Students also get to choose 18 credits of criminal justice electives. The remaining credits come from the 34-40 general education credits and 41-47 general electives.

Online courses at Midway University run asynchronously. Students can choose from five start dates per year, and each online course follows an accelerated, eight-week format. While the overall timeline required to earn an online law enforcement degree varies, students typically graduate in less than four years.

For admission into the program, applicants must possess a minimum 2.5 GPA and an ACT score of at least 18 (or an equivalent score on the SAT). Transfer students with more than 24 transfer credits must hold a minimum 2.0 GPA at the college level. Additionally, learners with relevant work experience may receive up to 21 transfer credits. All online students pay the same tuition rate, no matter their state of residence. Midway University holds regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree
Tuition: $395/credit
Credit Requirements: 120 credits
Program Length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.5 minimum
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (800) 952-4122
Email: admissions@midway.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus

Denver, CO Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 45%

With more than 28 online degrees available, CU Denver offers aspiring students flexibility through a variety of study formats. The school's online BA in criminal justice teaches learners the skills and knowledge needed to pursue diverse professions in the industry. The program focuses on criminal justice policy, technology, and the interconnectedness of the various departments and professionals within the criminal justice field.

Students earning this 120-credit law enforcement degree online dedicate at least 36 credits to their major, covering topics like sociology of law, police-community relations, and homeland security. The program also includes 15 elective credits and 34-38 general education credits. Students must participate in at least one semester of an internship. Most students complete the program within four years.

Approved students may choose to take up to 12 credits at the graduate level to enhance their skills or start earning credit toward a master's degree. Online courses feature up to three start dates a year. While open and accessible to students around the world, Colorado residents pay lower tuition rates.

Most online courses at CU Denver run asynchronously, though some classes may require synchronous sessions. Despite featuring flexible admission requirements, students admitted into the program typically possesses a 3.23-3.93 GPA and a 1070-1260 SAT score or a 21-27 ACT score. Transfer students with at least 24 undergraduate credits (earned with a minimum 2.0 GPA) can apply, although learners must complete at least 30 credits at CU Denver. The university holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: BA in Criminal Justice
Tuition: $330/credit in-state; $496/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 120 credits
Program Length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Synchronous and asynchronous

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (303) 315-2228
Email: spa@ucdenver.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, MO Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 52%

Founded in 1873, SEMO offers more than 30 online programs to students across the nation. The school's online BS in criminal justice with a law enforcement academy track teaches students the knowledge and expertise necessary to pursue various careers in the field. The specialized law enforcement track differs from the academic track in that it provides more hands-on and practical training.

This 120-credit online law enforcement degree includes 45 credits in the major, and students take courses like criminal law, justice administration, and theories of crime. In the law enforcement academy track, students complete 24 credits of law enforcement academy training courses. The remaining credits come from general education courses and electives. While the overall program length may vary, the students usually graduate in less than four years.

At SEMO, online programs run asynchronously, providing students with additional scheduling flexibility. Additionally, all online students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of where they live. To gain admission into the program, students must possess a minimum 2.0 GPA and SAT scores of at least 1060 or ACT scores of at least 21. Transfer applicants with 24 or more credits must hold a minimum 2.0 GPA. While not mandatory, applicants who hold police officer standards and training certification may receive 24 transfer credits. SEMO holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: BS in Criminal Justice
Available Concentrations: Law enforcement
Tuition: $284/credit
Credit Requirements: 120 credits
Program Length: 4 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.0 minimum
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (573) 651-2590
Email: admissions@semo.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

What Else Can I Expect From an Online Bachelor's in Law Enforcement Program?

Below, you'll find plenty of information on what you'll learn, how long your degree will take to earn, how programs are accredited, what to expect after you graduate, and how you'll pay for your degree. Keep in mind that details may vary depending on the particular online degree in law enforcement program.

COURSEWORK FOR AN ONLINE LAW ENFORCEMENT DEGREE

Curricula vary by school. Typically, however, the best online bachelor's in law enforcement programs contain coursework such as the following:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice: Providing a broad survey of the field of criminal justice and the careers paths you can take, this is typically the first course you'll take as part of your major. Introduction to Criminal Justice may include the history of law enforcement, the role of police in society, and how police, courts, trials, and corrections operate.
  • Ethics in Law Enforcement: Future law enforcement professionals must abide by strict moral and ethical guidelines. As a result, most programs require a course where students study the theories, applications, and methods of ethics in police work. Courses like this often includes a look at how race, class, and gender factor into police work.
  • Criminal Law: Most programs require students to take at least one course on the fundamentals of criminal law, particularly issues that are relevant to law enforcement professionals. Such courses generally feature an overview of constitutional law and how it relates to the everyday work of police. These courses survey topics such as the basics of evidence collection and preservation, and criminal law procedures.
  • Police Strategies: Law enforcement professionals use several fundamental elements to combat crime, and you'll likely take a course that reviews and analyzes these strategies. This course may include a look at how police strategies have changed over time and how they may change in the future. Course topics may include community policing, prevention, patrol strategies, police reform, and intervention.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET AN ONLINE BACHELOR'S IN LAW ENFORCEMENT?

Generally, online bachelor's degrees in law enforcement programs consist of 120 semester credits. How long your degree will take you will depend on several factors. Full-time, entering freshman can complete a degree in about four years. Some programs offer accelerated formats, wherein you can complete your degree in less than four years. Most programs feature summer courses, which can also cut down on the time it takes you to earn your degree. Some programs allow you to learn at your own pace, and others require that you complete all classes in a cohort of other students, often at an accelerated pace. Others still are only open to students with transferable credits, so the program can be completed in even less time.

Accreditation for Online Bachelor's in Law Enforcement Programs

One of the most important things to look for when you're choosing an online degree in law enforcement program is whether or not the program is accredited, and what type of accreditation the program holds. Accreditation is a process colleges and universities go through to ensure that they meet certain standards for education quality. Most colleges and universities in the United States hold regional accreditation. A much smaller percentage of colleges are nationally accredited. The difference is important: regionally accredited schools tend to have more prestige because they're the best recognized. It's also easier to transfer credits from a regionally accredited college. However, regionally accredited colleges also tend to be more expensive and have more rigorous admissions and academic standards than nationally accredited colleges. Regional accreditation agencies include MSA, NEASC, NCA, NAC, SACS and WASC. National accreditation agencies include DETC, ACICS, and ACCSC.

Several different organizations are involved in accreditation. The United States Department of Education (ED) does not itself accredit colleges and universities, but the ED does recognize and offer guidance to independent accrediting agencies. The ED also publishes a database of the accrediting agencies they deem to be reliable authorities.

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is an independent, nongovernmental organization that recognizes 60 accrediting organizations and about 3,000 colleges and universities. The accrediting organizations recognized by CHEA are assured of their quality and legitimacy as degree-granting institutions. You can find a directory of accredited schools on the websites of both the DOE and CHEA.

Employment Outlook for Law Enforcement Graduates

JOB PLACEMENT

A bachelor's degree in law enforcement is an asset in the job application process. Some agencies even require it: federal agencies like the FBI, the DEA, and ICE all require applicants to hold a college degree. Some state police and local agencies may also require a degree. Agencies that do not require a degree often encourage one, and a degree often gives a candidate a significant advantage in the application process. A bachelor's degree is also often a requirement for promotions.

In many departments, police officers with bachelor's degree earn a higher salary from the start. Below, you'll find a look at the starting salaries of some major police departments across the United States:

Department Annual Pay, with degree Annual Pay, without degree
Dallas Police Department $46,870 $50,470
Los Angeles Police Department $67,505 $70,136
Atlanta Police Department $40,000 $42,800
Orlando Police Department $48,276 $50,121
New Orleans Police Department $40,391 $42,391

CAREERS AND SALARIES

With a bachelor's degree in law enforcement, graduates are prepared for entry-level positions at local, state, and federal departments and agencies. While policing remains the most popular career path, graduates also pursue career paths in areas such as probation, corrections, and emergency management. Individuals hoping to pursue a career in law enforcement must be inquisitive and empathetic, must display strong communication and leadership skills, and must nurture a solid sense of judgment. Anyone intending to pursue law enforcement should also be in good physical shape. Law enforcement professionals must also work long, odd hours, so an expectation of flexibility is key.

Police Officer

Police officers enforce the law and help protect people and property. For example, they may respond to calls, patrol neighborhoods, conduct traffic stops, and monitor suspects.

Median Annual Salary $59,680

Projected Growth Rate 4%

Detective

Detectives are tasked with, for example, collecting evidence, gathering facts, conducting interviews with witnesses and suspects, observing suspects, and examining records.

Median Annual Salary $78,120

Projected Growth Rate -1%

Bailiff

Bailiffs work in courtrooms to maintain safety, security, and order. They enforce the rules of the court, announce the arrival and close of the court, and may administer oaths and perform other administrative duties.

Median Annual Salary $42,820

Projected Growth Rate 4%

Emergency Dispatcher

Emergency dispatchers answer 911 calls and other emergency and non-emergency services. They relay information to appropriate agencies; monitor, track, and coordinate dispatch; and provide basic advice and medical instructions to callers.

Median Annual Salary $38,870

Projected Growth Rate -3%

Probation Officer

Probation officers work with people on probation with the goal of preventing them from committing crimes in the future. They evaluate and monitor probationers and help them access resources like job training and substance abuse counseling.

Median Annual Salary $50,160

Projected Growth Rate 4%

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

There are a few major professional organizations for law enforcement students that offer a number of excellent opportunities for students. Networking, conferences, career enhancement programs, subscriptions to journals and other publications, job interviews, and online job boards are just some of the benefits these organizations provide students and recent graduates.

Financing Your Online Bachelor's in Law Enforcement Program

Most bachelor's degree students need help paying for college. Federal loans, private loans, scholarships, grants and work-study jobs are some of the most common ways to make college affordable. Loans provided by the government may be subsidized, with the government paying some of the interest on the loan, or unsubsidized, where the student pays the interest. Filling out the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in this process.

AN OVERVIEW OF FINANCIAL AID

Approximately two-thirds of today's college students rely on loans to fund their education, but there are plenty of overlooked financing options you can use to reduce your overall student debt.

UNDERSTANDING THE FAFSA

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a crucial first step for any student with financial needs. Our FAFSA guide features a step-by-step rundown on the process and answers to several frequently asked questions.

FINANCIAL AID FOR ONLINE STUDENTS

Financial aid for online learning is equivalent to what you'll find for campus-based learning, but that hasn't always been the case. Learn about the changes that have taken place, as well as the different funding opportunities available to online students.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SINGLE PARENTS

Online college programs can be a flexible, affordable option for single parents who are interested in earning a degree and securing their family's financial future. We've compiled a list of scholarships, grants, and other financial aid options geared toward single moms and dads.

FINANCIAL AID FOR VETERANS AND ACTIVE MILITARY

Millions of dollars in free money is available to U.S. military personnel, but much of it goes unused. Learn more about grants, scholarships, and other financial aid opportunities available to veterans, active-duty service members, and reservists.

Rankings Archive

Best Online Bachelor's in Law Enforcement Programs of 2018
Ranking School Location
1 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
2 Excelsior College Albany, NY
3 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
4 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
5 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
6 University of Oklahoma - Norman Campus Norman, OK
7 Webster University Saint Louis, MO
8 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
9 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
10 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
11 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
12 Saint Joseph's College Brooklyn, NY
13 Washington State University Pullman, WA
14 City University of Seattle Seattle, WA
15 University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
16 Charter Oak State College New Britain, CT
17 Midway University Midway, KY
18 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
19 Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, TX
20 Anderson University Anderson, SC
21 North Carolina Central University Durham, NC
22 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
23 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
24 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
25 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
Best Online Bachelor's in Law Enforcement Programs of 2017
Ranking School Location
1 Pennsylvania State University-World Campus University Park, PA
2 Arizona State University-Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
3 Colorado State University-Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
4 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
5 University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus Norman, OK
6 Park University Parkville, MO
7 Saint Joseph's College-New York Brooklyn, NY
8 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
9 Columbia College Columbia, MO
10 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
11 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
12 Gardner-Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
13 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
14 Central Christian College of Kansas McPherson, KS
15 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
16 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
17 St John's University-New York Queens, NY
18 Anderson University Anderson, SC
19 Mercer University Macon, GA
20 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
21 Norwich University Northfield, VT
22 Drury University Springfield, MO
23 Concordia University-Wisconsin Mequon, WI
24 Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie, TX
25 Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses Fort Wayne, IN