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Top Schools for Law Enforcement Administration

Read about programs in law enforcement administration. Learn about degree options at four of the leading schools, and find a list of other colleges and universities that provide training for aspiring law enforcement administrators.

Education in law enforcement administration can provide students with the background they need to assume leadership positions in policing, crime prevention and justice administration at all governmental levels. Undergraduate and graduate programs in criminal justice and law enforcement are available.

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Notable programs in this field can be found at Western Illinois University, the University of New Haven, Columbia College and City University of New York (CUNY) John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Each of these schools was regionally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL

School Highlight: Students in the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration make up the largest program of its kind in the Midwest.

US News & World Report ranked Western Illinois University (WIU), a 4-year public institution, #49 among regional universities in the Midwest for 2017. WIU's School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration features the state's largest academic criminal justice program and awards both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. According to U.S. News & World Report, criminal justice/law enforcement administration was the most popular major among WIU's 2017 graduates.

University of New Haven in West Haven, CT

School Highlight: New Haven awards an associate's degree in law enforcement administration after completion of two years of the bachelor's degree program.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of New Haven tied for 95th among regional colleges in the North. A private 4-year university situated between New York City and Boston, the school houses one of the country's oldest criminal justice programs. The Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences offers a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice with a law enforcement administration concentration. The college also offers a master's program with a concentration in criminal justice management, which features coursework in budgeting and public policy formulation.

Columbia College in Columbia, MO

School Highlight: The master's program includes a criminal justice readings course in which required texts are determined according to students' and instructors' interests.

Columbia College offers criminal justice administration programs leading to associate's and bachelor's degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. A master's degree program in criminal justice with a track in law enforcement administration is also available. The school was tied for #47 among regional universities in the South for 2017, per U.S. News & World Report.

City University of New York (CUNY) John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY

School Highlight: The school offers a combined bachelor's/master's program in criminal justice management.

At CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, there are a variety of relevant bachelor's degree options for students who are interested in law enforcement administration, including Bachelor of Science programs in criminal justice and police studies, as well as Bachelor of Arts programs in criminology and international criminal justice, among other relevant majors. The school also has a wide range of master's degree offerings, including an online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and an online master of Public Administration in Inspection and Oversight. There is also a doctoral program in criminal justice, as well as a variety of certificate programs. For 2017, the school was ranked #108 among regional universities in the North and #34 among all public schools in the United States.

Top Law Enforcement Administration Programs

These schools also provide relevant educational opportunities for students who want to study law enforcement administration:

  • California State University - East Bay in Hayward, CA, offers specific courses focused on gender and race in connection with law enforcement.
  • Niagara University is located in Lewiston, NY; the school's close proximity to Canada provides aspiring criminal justice administrators with an international perspective.
  • At Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN, the Center for Student Leadership and Involvement hosts a Criminal Justice Club.
  • The University of Memphis in Memphis, TN, offers a Bachelor of Professional Studies with a concentration in law enforcement administration program for seasoned law enforcement workers.
  • At West Virginia State University in Institute, WV, the Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Administration program is based on a cohort model and includes an internship.

There are public and private colleges and universities around the country with strong offerings in subjects related to law enforcement administration. Some of the best schools have been regionally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

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