Top Schools for Police Science and Law Enforcement

Oct 01, 2019

Learn which top schools have degree programs in police science and law enforcement. Read what four noteworthy institutions have to offer in terms of degree options and reputation, and find other schools in the U.S. with programs in police science and law enforcement.

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School Overviews

Programs in police science and law enforcement can provide an educational foundation for aspiring officers. There are also programs designed for experienced professionals looking to advance their careers in the field. Programs relevant to police science and law enforcement are available at top colleges and universities around the country. The following four schools are particularly noteworthy. Each one was nationally or regionally ranked for its educational quality by U.S. News & World Report in 2017.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, New York, has been offering criminal justice programs since 1964. Future law enforcement professionals can earn a Bachelor of Science in Police Studies. Once enrolled, students take courses in criminal justice, police science, patrol function, and community policing. They also study police systems and the role of labor relations in policing. The school has ranked #34 among public schools in the North by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

George Washington University

Washington, D.C.'s George Washington University was ranked 56th among national universities for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. The university offers police science associate's and bachelor's degree programs that prepare students for leadership positions in the law enforcement field. Students have the opportunity to study under active law enforcement professionals.

St. Mary's University of Minnesota

St. Mary's University of Minnesota offers a police science undergraduate degree at three different locations: the Twin Cities campus, the Apple Valley Center, and the Rochester Center. The Bachelor of Science in Police Science program offers the option to specialize in forensic investigations, management, or security management. Students with military and Minnesota police officer training are eligible for transfer credits that can be applied toward their degree. The school was ranked #49 among regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Florida State University

Located in Tallahassee, Florida State University has a faculty that includes Pulitzer Prize and Guggenheim Fellowship winners. The institution offers a criminology and criminal justice bachelor's degree either on campus or online and it can help students prepare for state officer certification as well as legal or research centers. A criminology and criminal justice doctorate, as well as an online master's degree, are also available at Florida State. Current law enforcement professionals may be interested in the specialized studies program through which they can take criminology coursework entirely online. For 2017, Florida State ranked #92 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Top Police Science Programs

Here are some more colleges and universities with police science and law enforcement related educational offerings.

School Name Location Distinction
Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, IA Police science program includes firearms training
Minnesota State University Mankato, MN Offers designated programs for aspiring state peace officers and students interested in graduate or law school
Mountwest Community and Technical College Huntington, WV Offers a skills certificate to cadets in the state police academy as well as a criminal justice associate degree for all students
Nashville State Community College Nashville, TN Police science associate degree program offers concentrations in police administration and crime scene investigation
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH Ranked #64 among public schools by U.S. News & World Report for 2017

To sum things up, relevant training for future and current law enforcement workers can be found at well-regarded universities and community colleges around the nation.

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