By: Stephenie Slahor
The Herzing University System was founded in 1965, and has graduated over 40,000 students. Headquartered in Milwaukee Wisc., Herzing University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
The university offers two public-safety academic bachelor’s degree programs at the undergraduate level (criminal justice and homeland security), and a graduate level program that leads to a Master of Business Administration in Public Safety Leadership. The public safety programs are designed to meet the societal need for more security, demand for police services, protection of confidential information and property, and national security.
The online campus of Herzing is career-focused, but convenient so the coursework can fit the schedules of its students. Flexibility, personalization and support are part of the online campus so that logging onto a virtual class session can be done when convenient. The university states that the same personalized, student-first attention given in its on-campus programs is also a part of the online campus.
Faculty members include professionals with practical career experience, and are also involved in the development of the programs’ curricula so that real-world skills are emphasized in the coursework.
The Master of Business Administration degree in Public Safety Leadership emphasizes skills and academic knowledge for management. The curriculum includes both theory and practice. Case studies are emphasized throughout all courses. Students are challenged to evaluate internal and external information for decision making, examine organizational, operational, ethical, legal and managerial matters that impact goals, create solutions for work and leadership, and engage in creative thinking and analysis.
MBA coursework includes leadership skills, organizational behavior, human resources, research, financial and managerial accounting, information systems and technology, strategic planning, public safety administration, resource management for public safety, and a capstone project.
Herzing University offers a unique “Badge-to-Grad” Scholarship Program to improve the professional and personal lives of public safety personnel. Certified police officers can receive a scholarship that reduces the cost of tuition for undergraduate classes. The scholarship also includes access to books. To qualify for the scholarship program, continuous enrollment in degree programs is required.
The Badge-to-Grad Scholarship Program includes an enrollment fee waiver and a free evaluation of police academy training and any previous college and/or military experience, for possible college credit. The scholarship can fund nearly 50 percent of undergraduate programs, and nearly 20 percent of graduate programs.
Free program guides on the university’s website offer free, non-committal academy training evaluation. Up to 32 undergraduate semester credit hours can be granted for academy training, but to qualify, the State or Federal academy must qualify the graduate to become a sworn peace officer in the jurisdiction or agency supported by the particular academy. Official documentation is required. Admissions Advisors can be contacted either online, or by phoning 866-255-7607.
For further information, and to meet with an online admissions advisor and obtain a net price calculation of tuition costs, log on to www.herzing.edu. The online interview with the admissions advisor also provides information about programs, scheduling, start dates, enrollment and admission requirements, student services, and a review of prior education.
Applications for enrollment can be completed online. Classes begin each month, but some of the selective programs must be begun at a particular time. Advisors can provide further information about such programs. Herzing University is at: 800-596-0724; 525 N. 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
Stephenie Slahor, Ph.D., J.D., writes in the fields of law enforcement and security. She can be reached at email@example.com.