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Top College in Tucson for a Law Enforcement Degree

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Many schools that offer studies in law enforcement offer this coursework in criminal justice or public administration programs. In Tucson, many of these programs are offered by community colleges or for-profit institutions. Based on rankings, student population and level of study offered, the following university is considered a top school in Tucson for degree programs relating to law enforcement:

  • Winner: The University of Arizona is the largest school in terms of enrollment located in Tucson to provide studies in criminal justice. It is the only school in the city to award a master's degree in this field of study. Students can earn a bachelor's degree in criminal justice studies or choose a criminal justice concentration in the Master of Public Administration program.

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Category University of Arizona
Rankings Tied for #121 among Best National Universities (2015); tied for #58 among Top Public Schools (2015)*
Location Tucson, Arizona
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $10,391 (in-state); $27,383 (out-of-state)**
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class) 61%**
Noteworthy Public administration programs ranked #13 among national universities (2015)*; School of Government and Public Policy is one of the two largest schools at the University of Arizona***

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator; ***University of Arizona

The University of Arizona

  • Students can participate in workshops and study abroad opportunities as well as a speaker series with law enforcement professionals
  • Internship opportunities at government agencies and law enforcement organizations are available
  • Bachelor's degree program in criminal justice is sponsored by the Rombach Institute of Crime, Delinquency and Corrections

The University of Arizona is a 4-year, public school, enrolling more than 40,000 students in 124 undergraduate programs and 225 graduate (master's and doctoral) degree programs. The School of Government and Public Policy offers a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice studies and a master's degree program in public administration with a concentration in criminal justice and comparative national security.

The 122-credit hour Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies program offers a foundational education in policing, crime and public policy. Students can expect to take courses in police management, national security practices, juvenile justice, criminology and intelligence operations. Courses in mental health law, public policy development and white collar crime are also offered.

The Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice and Comparative National Security program consists of 42 credit hours and requires two years of full-time study. Students learn public policy program development and implementation, organizational theory, leadership ethics and financial management. Students also complete internships and write a thesis.

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