Police & Security Studies

Online Bachelor’s Degree Program

"I was promoted to the position as Supervisory Analyst in the Interpol Operations and Command Center. I will be supervising several lower-level analysts in completion of their duties, assignments and priorities as it relates to facilitating the Interpol mission of international police cooperation. I truly believe that my educational experiences have played a tremendous role in my promotion. When I first started in the program, I was very content in being in the background. The program has brought me out of my comfort zone and has shown me the qualities that I have to be a leader. I can move towards this new endeavor with the confidence that I can be a true leader. The course work gave me an advantage over the other candidates because of my many experiences and much of what I have learned over the past three years can definitely be used in my new position."
-Michelle Ford-Stepney, Supervisory Analyst, Interpol

A rich learning and career-enhancing experience.

Tackling crime more effectively is an ever changing challenge for law enforcement that requires sophistication in analysis, problem-solving skills, technology applications, and community relations. This program helps students prepare for the emerging challenges and responsibilities that come with protecting and serving communities. Taught by law enforcement experts, students learn the fundamental standards, strategic procedures, and leadership principles critical for modern policing.

The Police and Security Studies bachelor degree program is designed to fit your professional schedule.

Recent years have seen fundamental changes in policing and homeland security. The incidents that police professionals are called upon to prevent, investigate and control are more complex than ever.  In addition to traditional law enforcement responsibilities, professionals in the field now face more pressure due constant public scrutiny and are expected to execute their duties with higher standards. This complex new role merits a fresh perspective on the nature and scope of knowledge based-policing required by police and safety professionals. 

  • Taught by acknowledged leaders in the fields of law enforcement and criminal justice.
  • Practical coursework in three central areas of competency that students will employ in the field: (1) Intelligence and Criminal Analysis, (2) Forensic Science, (3) Leadership and Management.
  • Developed in consultation with metropolitan area law enforcement experts, and drawing faculty expertise from six schools at The George Washington University.
  • The program is offered in a fully online format.

According to research*, officers with a college education:

  • Demonstrate better problem solving skills and are less likely to require the use of force to gain compliance from a suspect
  • Suffer fewer on-the-job injuries and assaults
  • Are better with technology
  • Demonstrate better writing and communication skills
  • Receive fewer citizen complaints
  • Are the subject of fewer disciplinary actions
  • are better suited to post-retirement second careers

Learn more about the benefits of a Bachelor's Degree: 
"Why college educated police officers make more money" (PoliceOne.com)

Program Contacts

Lynn McKnight, Program Representative
Jeff Delinski, Program Director
*"The Effect of Higher Education on Police Behavior," Police Quarterly, Sage Publications 2010

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