Law Enforcement Leadership

Law enforcement is a challenging and ever-evolving profession that requires skilled leaders and trained professionals.  Experienced police executives developed the UJ Accelerated Law Enforcement Leadership certificate program; experienced police executives are teaching the curriculum.  We know first-hand how challenging it can be to juggle career and family, to work nights and rotating shifts, and to go to court.  This course allows students to complete the certificate program and earn up to 12 college credits towards a degree – regardless of schedule.

Throughout the program, students will interact with veteran instructors and other criminal justice professionals like themselves – Deputy Chiefs, sergeants, professional staff, prosecutors, intelligence analysts, probation and parole officers, court administrators, and more.

Students will learn real-world, practical applications that they can implement immediately in their own careers, in their organizations, and in their communities.  Courses cover the most critical issues in 21st century policing: community engagement strategies and tactics, law enforcement response to mental health and officer wellness, and crisis management leadership.

Start with a single course or complete the entire certificate to accelerate your professional skills and earn credit toward an college degree.

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Cost: Undergraduate: $990 (course) | $3960 (certificate)
Graduate: $1314 (course) | $5256 (certificate)
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Total Courses: 4 courses
Group Work: Asynchronous cohort work. Optional live check-ins.
Prerequisites: None

Who It’s For:

Criminal justice professionals — or those looking to enter the field – who want to develop a competitive edge, hone leadership skills, become more effective change agents, prepare for success in testing processes or simply stay on top of the most current challenges facing policing in the 21st century.

What You Get:

  • Contemporary best practices that can be immediately implemented
  • Up to 12 transferrable college credits from an accredited university
  • Certificate in Law Enforcement Leadership
  • Networking with leading law enforcement trainers and practitioners, and other criminal justice professionals
  • The ability to complete coursework on your own schedule and meet your own individual goals — in a flexible, stimulating and challenging environment
  • Mentorship and new connections with a cohort of skilled law enforcement professionals

Why Study Law Enforcement Leadership?

Every law enforcement professional has the opportunity to be a leader.  The complexities of 21st century policing require honed skills and well-trained minds.  The Law Enforcement Leadership courses empower students to make the most of real-world experience, practical training and academic instruction – enabling them, their agencies, and their officers to better serve the community.

UJ Accelerated is the first and only criminal justice leadership program in the nation that creates a customized plan for each student – incorporating key elements of experience and ongoing training requirements – finally making earning a degree attainable:

  • Credit for Prior Learning (CPL): earn college credit for work experience, exam scores, military service, workplace training and professional certification (allows students to earn a degree more quickly and less expensively)
  • Consolidation of previous academic credits
  • Tuition reimbursement eligibility

Even if not required for entry-level police work, a college degree is either required or strongly recommended for advancement into the supervisory ranks by many departments.  Competitive hiring processes often award extra points to college graduates.  Some agencies even offer incentive pay for those with college degrees.

So, whether it’s always been a personal goal to get a degree, or you’re seeking a foundation to enter the profession, or you’re looking for career advancement or to earn more money for your family – we understand that you can’t learn everything behind closed doors of a police academy.  Finally, there is a resource that can help you achieve your leadership aspirations.


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What You’ll Learn

The Law Enforcement Leadership certificate offers four courses on the top challenges facing law enforcement.  Graduates will gain skills and strategies to immediately implement in their organizations and communities.

Courses are offered a la carte. Complete all four courses to earn the certificate.

Course Title Credits
LDRS 360 Community Engagement in 21st Century Policing 3
LDRS 361 Mental Health & Officer Wellness 3
LDRS 362 Critical Leadership Issues in Policing 3
LDRS 363 Crisis Management Leadership in Policing 3
Total Semester Credits: 12

How the Course is Structured

Take One Course or All Four

Choose any course or take the whole series to complete the UJ Accelerated Law Enforcement Leadership Certificate and earn up to 12 college credits

Learn from the Instructors

Complete each 8-week course entirely online (24/7 access to our classrooms) in an engaging, compelling format led by instructors with facilitated group participation

Customize Your Academic Plan

One size does not fit all. Our academic counselors will help compile your individual components (Credit for Prior Learning [CPL], consolidation and transfer of existing college credit hours, tuition reimbursement and financing options) to lay out the best plan to get you to your goals

Tap into Career Support Services

You’ll have exclusive access to seasoned law enforcement professionals to discuss and prepare for career development

Why Choose UJ Accelerated Law Enforcement Leadership Certificate

Our certificate is unique because it provides:

Why Choose UJ Accelerated

Every UJ Accelerated course provides:

Course Components

Courses include three elements:

Asynchronous learning

learn on your own schedule over the course of eight weeks

Enhance Learning Through Experiences

Valuable clinical and preceptorship experiences will allow you to apply what you are learning.

Expert Lectures

meet as a cohort twice during the eight-week course. Attend live or watch the replay of the instructor-facilitated lecture

Tuition Options

Our tuition counselors will help you make the most of all of your options —
Financial Aid
Tuition Reimbursement
FOP grants
ND CEAL Loan – available to all US students

Accelerate Your Career.

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