Since 9/11, the incidents that police professionals are called upon to prevent, investigate and manage are more complex than ever. Law enforcement officials, safety and security professionals, and EMTs are expected to execute their duties with both higher standards and constant public scrutiny. This challenging new terrain requires a fresh approach toward the entire nature and scope of intelligence-based policing and public safety.
Developed in consultation with D.C.-area law enforcement experts and police specialists, and drawn from faculty expertise from six of GW’s schools, our cutting edge Police and Security Studies Bachelor’s Degree Completion program will help you become a more effective professional as you gain new problem-solving approaches as well as communication and leadership skills. Taught fully online by law enforcement and criminal justice experts, our innovative curriculum will empower you to face down crime and rise up the ranks.
Program at a Glance
You will expand your practical skills in three focus areas:
- Intelligence and Criminal Analysis
- Forensic Science
- Leadership and Management
You can complete your degree fully online. Our flexible program is designed for you to continue to work and fulfill personal obligations while you earn your degree.
Median salary for our graduates is $95,000.
Source: GW Undergraduate Employment and Education Outcomes, Classes of 2014-2017.
Where You'll Study
This program is fully online so the content and schedule are designed to meet your needs as a full-time law enforcement professional who is balancing a demanding job and family obligations.
By studying online you can complete 8 credit hours of core coursework a semester (Fall, Spring and Summer). The bachelor’s degree core coursework can be completed in two years and a semester.
What You'll Study
Our cutting-edge curriculum was developed in consultation with metropolitan area law enforcement experts and police specialists, and draws faculty expertise from six schools at GW.
Through the program you will be a more effective police and security professional and will be able to:
- Understand fundamental standards that support focused law enforcement
- Promote best practices for sustaining success
- Demonstrate leadership skills required to effectively manage government resources
- Apply a problem-solving approach to security issues and crime
- Analyze crime patterns and propose adequate responses
- Communicate in an effective manner
These requirements must be fulfilled to earn the bachelor’s degree – a total of 120 credit hours earned in three parts:
60 credit hours of core coursework at GW in Intelligence and Criminal Analysis, Forensic Science and Leadership and Management.
30 credits in elective courses
30 credits in general education courses (may be completed at any regionally accredited institution), including:
6 credits of English composition or UW1020 University Writing plus 2 credits of independent research with a focus on the application of the principals learned in UW 1020.
6 credits of quantitative and logical reasoning
6 credits of social and behavioral sciences
6 credits of natural sciences
6 credits of arts and humanities
Note: Up to 60 credits can be transferred from coursework taken at other regionally accredited institutions of higher education. General education and elective courses may be completed at any regionally accredited institution. A grade of C or higher is required for transfer credit to be approved. General education and elective course work may be completed before, during, or within five years of completing the other requirements for the bachelor's degree.
Intelligence and Criminal Analysis (5 courses @ 4 credits)
CPS 2103: Particular Forms of Crime (4 credits)
CPS 2107: Models of Policing (4 credits)
CPS 2108: Criminal Intelligence (4 credits)
CPS 2109: Criminal Analysis (4 credits)
CPS 2110: Predictive Policing (4 credits)
Forensic Science (5 courses @ 4 credits)
CPS 2130: Intro to Forensic Science (4 credits)
CPS 2131: Crime Scene Investigation (4 credits)
CPS 2132: Computer Crime Investigation (4 credits)
CPS 2133: Incident Management (4 credits)
CPS 2171: The Criminal Mind (4 credits)
Leadership & Management (5 courses @ 4 credits)
CPS 2102: Resource Management (4 credits)
CPS 2104: Leading Teams (4 credits)
CPS 2106: Strategic Planning (4 credits)
CPS 2134: Ethical Dilemmas in Policing (4 credits)
CPS 4192: Capstone Simulation (4 credits)
- CPS 2107 Models of Policing; 4 credits
- CPS 2103 Particular Forms of Crime; 4 credits
- CPS 2131 Crime Scene Investigation; 4 credits
- CPS 2130 Introduction to Forensic Science; 4 credits
- CPS 2104 Leading Teams; 4 credits
- CPS 2134 Ethical Dilemmas in Policing; 4 credits
- CPS 2108 Criminal Intelligence; 4 credits
- CPS 2109 Criminal Analysis; 4 credits
- CPS 2132 Computer Crime Investigation; 4 credits
- CPS 2133 Incident Management; 4 credits
- CPS 2102 Resource Management; 4 credits
- CPS 2106 Strategic Planning; 4 credits
- CPS 2110 Predictive Policing; 4 credits
- CPS 2171 Criminal Mind; 4 credits
- CPS 4190 Capstone Project; 4 credits
Total Credits: 60
To be considered for admission to the Police and Security Studies BPS program, you must have:
- Completion of secondary school with a high school diploma or GED
- Completion of a college-level English Composition course at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a grade of C or higher
- Attended at least one college-level course (minimum 3 credits) at a regionally accredited institution of higher education
- Two or more years of work experience in the safety and security field, demonstrated through your completed Employment Verification Form (PDF) or an Associates Degree in a criminal justice related field
- Completion of the first 12 credit hours taken at GW with a grade of C or higher; All degree candidates receive provisional admission until completion of their first 12 credit hours at GW
Note: Acceptable transfer coursework must be successfully completed from a regionally accredited institution and earned with a grade of C or higher (C-, D and F do not transfer).
Please note that this program is not eligible for students to apply for an F-1 or J-1 international visa. Please review the full admissions requirements for more details. Students are admitted to the online program for the fall semester.
Fully completed applications submitted on or before the priority deadline will receive an application fee waiver. An application file is considered “complete” when academic transcripts, recommendations, test scores (if applicable), employment verification (if applicable), and the completed online application (including resume and statement of purpose) are received. Applications received after the priority deadline will continue to be processed, space permitting.
GW tuition and fees are comparable to the national average for private universities. These costs are set by the GW Board of Trustees and generally increase year to year, variable by program and location. Please use this information as an estimate based on current tuition rates and fee structures. Total tuition and fees will vary according to the courses taken and the timeframe in which you complete your coursework.
Tuition (Summer 2018-Spring 2019 Term Rates):
60 credits @ $780 per credit hour
7 registration sessions @ $35 each
Tuition + fees over the average completion time
Other Costs to Consider
- Application fee: $80
- Textbooks: $500
- Matriculation fee (one time): $200
"I was promoted to the position as Supervisory Analyst in the Interpol Operations and Command Center. I truly believe that my educational experiences at GW have played a tremendous role in my promotion. The program has brought me out of my comfort zone and has shown me the qualities that I have to be a leader."
Supervisory Analyst, Interpol
We periodically offer online and in-person information sessions about the Police & Security Studies Bachelor's Degree Completion Program. Contact the program representative to learn more about upcoming events.