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Here are some of the nation’s leading programs and most asynchronous, with no specific log-in times. That way, your studies are tailored to your schedule.



American Military University

American Military University courses start monthly in eight- or 16-week sessions. The School of Public Safety and Health offers emergency and disaster management, criminal justice, homeland security, security management, legal studies, and public health through: Corrections Management (undergraduate certificate); Counter-Terrorism (Associate of Arts); Criminal Justice (Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Capstone, Graduate Certificate, Master of Arts); and Emergency and Disaster Management (Bachelor of Arts, Capstone, Graduate Certificate, Master of Arts).

Others include Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Associate of Science, Undergraduate Certificate); Forensics (Undergraduate Certificate); Homeland Security (Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor of Arts, Capstone, Graduate Certificate, Master of Arts); Security Management (Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor of Arts, Capstone, Graduate Certificate, Master of Arts); and Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness (Associate of Arts, Undergraduate Certificate).

The School of Security and Global Studies’ political, economic and social cultures programs include: Graduate Certificate in Competitive Intelligence; Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates in Intelligence Analysis; Bachelor of Arts, Capstone and Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Studies; Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies; Capstone, Graduate Certificate and Master of Arts in National Security Studies; and Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates in Terrorism Studies.


The university is part of the FBI National Academy Associates Academic Partnership program, accepting up to 15 credits from that academy for undergraduate or graduate programs, based on the student’s course of study.




The Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) was created in 1979 to offer an accreditation process that guides police agencies in the correct standards of professionalism in three areas: law enforcement, public safety communications, and public safety training academies. These standards are based on best practices, and are developed to be performance standards toward which an agency works in seeking accreditation.




CALEA monitors progress and keeps the standards current as new technologies and practices develop, such as digital photography. Headquartered in Gainesville Va., CALEA is a non-profit, private organization that researches all aspects of public safety standards to determine what agencies should do for best practices and to be a benchmark for other agencies. CALEA’s goal is to improve the delivery of public safety service to the community, and to award agencies that achieve success in strengthening their overall performance through a framework of management and service.


The CALEA website is the connection for directions, resources and updates, and an e-newsletter that gives current information about the constantly evolving training and relations factors agencies need for legal and service concerns.




California University of Pennsylvania

The university offers online undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. The Bachelor of Science Technology degree in Legal Studies is a Web-based program in constitutional, criminal, family, real estate, administrative, probate, elder, and labor law; legal research and writing; conflict resolution; and ethics.


The Master of Arts in Social Science/Applied Criminology includes crime analysis, geographical profiling, and the legal, sociological, psychological and criminological perspectives of judicial and police processes. The cohort-based program has students start together in a fall semester and take all the required courses as one group until finishing the curriculum in theory, research methods, analysis, ethics, legal aspects of criminology, thesis research, internship or studies abroad. Students must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.


The Master of Arts in Social Science/Forensic Linguistics including studies in offender profiles, threat and risk analysis, authorship analysis and authentication, sociological analysis, and socio-linguistics. The Master of Science degree/Criminal Justice includes: law, public policy, ethics, civil liberties, constitutional law, legal methods, financial investigation, criminal justice organization and management, justice studies, executive protection, lie detection, homeland security/terrorism, biological/chemical/nuclear threat, intelligence, forensics and thesis research.

The Master of Science/Homeland Security includes study in law, terrorism, threat and vulnerability analysis and protection, litigation, corrections, police processes, forensics, environmental law, business law, and thesis research. The Master of Science in legal studies includes law and public policy concerns in ethics, the Constitution, legal methods, corrections, litigation, international law, forensics, environment, business, public policy, and thesis research.

A certificate program in Spanish for law enforcement and correctional officers requires four courses in accelerated eight-week sessions within a regular 16-week semester, with studies in both practical and specialized language skills for criminal justice settings such as dealing with suspects, victims, witnesses, prison populations, and border and immigration settings. A similar certificate in Arabic language requires 12 credits.



Capella University

This university offers a Master’s degree program in Homeland Security with studies in communications, technology, and analytical skills in such courses as: Survey of Homeland Security Issues, Theories and Concepts; Threats to the Homeland; Survey of Research in Homeland Security; National Security and Intelligence; Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Security; Border Security; Preparedness/Mitigation/Emergency Management; Laws/Policies/ Ethics in Homeland Security; Homeland Security Influence and Leadership; Comparative/ International Security; Communication and Media in Homeland Security; Psychology of Homeland Security; and a homeland security integrative project.


The Bachelor of Science in Public Safety allows specializations in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, or Emergency Management. Lower division general education courses include communications, humanities, natural science, mathematics, and social science. Upper division courses include: communication strategies for public safety, emergency management, security management, homeland security, investigation, ethics, research methods, white collar/organized crime investigation, corrections, juvenile justice, community relations, legal process, police administration, disaster response operations and management, decision management in critical incidents, multi-jurisdictional coordination, technology, and intelligence.

Master’s and Doctoral degree-level coursework includes advanced research in these topics along with leadership, incident command, and research. The unique “Riverbend City” simulation teaches leadership through homeland security and emergency management scenarios.



Columbia Southern University

The university’s program is online with open enrollments, and 24-hour access to course assignments, online fora, Web-based lectures, and interactive software. The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree in general studies and specialized training for criminal justice includes 21 semester hours of general studies, 18 semester hours of required technical courses, and 21 semester hours of electives. The Public Administration Certificate requires four graduate level courses/12 semester hours in public funds budgeting, administration of public institutions, public policies, public finances and legislative process.



The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration has 60 credit hours of general studies and 60 credit hours in professional studies (36 hours required, and 24 hours elective courses), including work in theory and practice of law enforcement and corrections, criminal law, community relations, investigation, evidence, judicial process, constitutional law, supervision, and administration, and elective courses in workplace security, leadership, race/ethnic relations, terrorism incident management, and probation.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration’s 37 semester hours focus on criminology, computer applications for criminal justice, analysis of administration, juvenile justice, constitutional law, courts, budgeting, terrorism, and criminal justice public policy. The Master of Science in Emergency Service Management degree requires 37 semester hours in emergency management, homeland security, criminology, global terrorism, advanced fire administration, advanced toxicology, risk management, legal aspects of emergency service management, weapons of mass destruction, interagency disaster management, hazardous materials management, and case studies in natural and human-caused disasters.



Henley-Putnam University

Unique to the university is its Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Intelligence Management; Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Studies; and Strategic Security and Protection Management; and a Doctoral degree program in Strategic Security in which students must have competence in at least one language among these—Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Farsi, French, Indonesian, German, Pashto, Russian, Spanish, Urdu or Turkish. In addition, the university offers coursework leading to certificates in Executive Protection; Intelligence Analysis; Counter-terrorism Studies; Security Management; Intelligence Collection; and Strategic Intelligence.


The university is the only online university focusing exclusively in the fields in which it offers its degrees. Topic areas include ethics; learning, communication and critical thinking skills; technological proficiency in accessing and applying intelligence information; problem solving for stressful situations; assessing risk potential and application of knowledge to deal with challenges in security; and counter-terrorism.




Herzing University

The university offers Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice or Homeland Security, and a Master of Business Administration in Public Safety Leadership. The curricula are designed to meet the societal need for more security, demand for police services, and protection of confidential information. The Master of Business Administration degree in Public Safety Leadership emphasizes skills and knowledge for management, including work in theory, practice, case studies, decision making, organizational and operational management, ethics, law, creative thinking, human resources, financial and managerial accounting, information systems and technology, strategic planning, public safety administration, resource management for public safety, and a capstone project.


The university’s “Badge-to-Grad” Scholarship Program has scholarships for reduced tuition. Up to 32 undergraduate semester credit hours can be granted for academy training, provided the student became a sworn peace officer in the jurisdiction or agency supported by the particular academy.



Institute for Law Enforcement Administration

A leading learning center for police executives, managers and supervisors, the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) provides courses, seminars, conferences and workshops that vary in subject matter and length of time, and that provide advanced professional education for law enforcement administrators, particularly those involved with supervision and current policing topics and problems.


ILEA educational programs include administration and management of training, advanced ethics, train-the-trainer studies in ethics and other topics, basic police supervision, police and media relations, ethics of internal affairs, professional standards, a leadership symposium, and a contemporary ethics conference. Other studies include: the Fair Labor Standards Act; police conduct; liability; case law updates; protests and public places; best practices in avoiding wrongful convictions; Microsoft Office, Access and Excel ™ in law enforcement; use of force; resource allocation and deployment; diversity; ethics in corrections; ethics in detention training officers; and racial profiling


Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a variety of degrees and studies in law enforcement, public safety, and security, with specialized studies in police science, courts, law, corrections, addiction, management and supervision, security and information technology. Courses emphasize integration of concepts, effective communications, creative and critical thinking skills, research, methodology, ethics, statistics, policy, communications, organizational behavior, communication skills, jurisprudence, legal history, risk assessment, budgeting and finance, planning, practices, and technology.


Online degree programs include Juris Doctor (law), Executive Juris Doctor, Master of Laws (LLM), Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Science in Fire and Emergency Services, Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Master of Science in Information Technology, and Master of Science in Legal Studies; Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Administration and Management, Fire and Emergency Management, Fire Science, International and Comparative Criminal Justice Procedures and Investigations, and Legal Studies.

Others include Paralegal Studies, and Public Administration and Policy; and Associate’s degrees in Criminal Justice, Fire Science, Computer Forensics, Information Technology, and Paralegal Studies. Certificate programs include Cisco Networks, Computer Forensics, Crime Scene Technician, Corrections, Addictions, Information Security, Linux System Administration, Management and Supervision in Criminal Justice, National Security Administration, Microsoft Operating Systems, Oracle Database Administration, and Private Security Management.


Northwestern University Center for Public Safety

The Center has diverse curricula, designed for police personnel from novice to senior administrators. Courses are offered on-campus, online, and by request in “at-your-agency” or “on demand” settings. Coursework and programs range in length of study, with some only a short duration, but specifically targeted to a particular need or topic. These include: preparatory programs for police personnel moving up to senior administrative positions; methodology for internal affairs investigations and executive management skills for administrators.

Others include supervision of police personnel; crime scene investigation and/or technology; digital forensics; hostage negotiations; financial crime investigation; forensic/composite art and drawing; RADAR/LIDAR instructor training; shooting reconstruction; traffic signal and roundabout engineering and analysis; identification and treatment of high-hazard traffic locations; and crash investigation or reconstruction involving heavy vehicles, motorcycles, vehicles, or vehicle-pedestrian incidents.



University of Louisville Southern Police Institute

Among the current offerings are the National Police Training Officer Academy (including a basic course, train the trainer instruction, implementation, and workshops); management courses in Chief Executive Leadership, Command Officers Development, and Management of the Small Law Enforcement Agency, Organizational Management Certificate program; and specialized programs. The Chief Executive Leadership program is a 40-hour training course that includes risk assessments, resource sharing, effective internal affairs investigations, creating excellence among agency employees, developing a volunteer citizen base, administering a strategic plan and budget, and dealing with local governmental officials.

The Command Officers Development course overviews management practices during five two-week segments in a five-month term of study. Students develop strategic direction, enhance internal communications, develop alternative solutions for problems, prepare a formal staff study, implement and evaluate policing strategies, develop regulations and policies pertaining to legal and regulatory standards, and grow expertise in personnel recruitment, promotion, retention, discipline, termination, leave time, compensation.



The Administrative Officers Course is a 12-week accredited college-level program in professionalism and leadership for those in or about to be middle or upper management. The focus is on instruction, diagnostic problem solving, and administrative law in law enforcement administration, legal issues, organizational behavior, managing organizational performance, and leadership.


The 40-hour Management of the Small Law Enforcement Agency course (for agencies of fewer than 60 sworn personnel) includes topics in management, accountability, personnel commitment and performance, police operations, standards of conduct, case law, recruitment and promotion, community support, and special funding sources (grants, gifts, donations).


The 40-hour Strategic Management program hones skills in problem solving, planning, decision-making, domestic terrorism, emergency planning, morale, motivation, team building, strategic plan development, community problems, and mid- and upper-level management skills. The Organizational Leadership and Problem Solving course for mid- and upper-level police managers improves skills in organizational leadership, problem solving, problem-based learning, team building, leadership, ethics, and personnel management.



The 40-hour Managing Within Your Budget program for mid- and upper-level police managers focuses on understanding agency performance as perceived by its community, the media and governmental officials. Other topics include budgets and financial performance, achieving value with a budget linked to operational performance, evaluation, identifying and responding to problems, and evaluating resource expenditures and community needs.


The Personnel Development, Assessment and Liability Certificate requires 40 hours of study in tasks, skills and qualities involved in staff recruitment, selection, retention and development of personnel effectiveness, including topics such as job analysis, selection procedures, performance evaluation, staff retention, and management.


The Organizational Management Certificate for middle and senior managers focuses on planning, management, coordination and leadership for team building, motivation, and communication skills in agency effectiveness, staff, emergency and contingency planning, leadership, problem solving, data collection, accountability and managerial success.


Specialized Skills courses enhance professional development through educational and career development courses that include current trends, technical tools, problem solving, communication skills, administrative law and investigative practices. The current offerings include: Trends and Techniques of Internal Affairs Administration; Background Investigation; Homicide Investigation; Sex Crimes Investigation; and Child Sex Crime Investigations.



University of Wisconsin, Platteville

The university offers online programs for a Bachelor or Master of Science degrees in Criminal Justice, with courses that fit the adjusting of educational goals to personal time constraints. The Bachelor’s degree requires general education coursework in English, mathematics, arts/humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and upper division criminal justice coursework in law, psychology, community relations, corrections, investigation, research, and evidence.


The Master’s degree offers three curricula: criminal justice management for those seeking supervisory or administrative positions; criminal justice theory for those who plan to earn a Ph.D. degree, teach criminal justice or work in research; and a focus on institutional or community-based victim and offender programs. Each student is assigned an advisor and student services representative to help throughout the program, from admission, to completion of the program and graduation.


The university offers a Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice for police professionals who need additional knowledge or skills to advance to higher-level positions in their work. Five core courses in criminal justice systems, research/statistical methods, criminology, and law and social control are required, along with a research paper. These courses also meet the core requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice for those who will continue to further education.



Stephenie Slahor, Ph.D., J.D., writes in the fields of law enforcement and security.

Published in Law and Order, Jun 2015

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