Arizona State University’s online Graduate Certificate in Law Enforcement Administration prepares law enforcement professionals through comprehensive coverage of topics in criminal justice organizations, policing and program analysis, and cross-disciplines such as public administration.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

You will learn how to lead in a public agency, learn about challenges related to management, and will gain an understanding of the policy development process. The certificate is designed to give you a solid foundational understanding of law enforcement agency administration, leadership, and policy analysis.

This fifteen credit-hour program includes four required courses and one elective from a group of pre-approved courses, chosen by the student. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and to earn no more than one grade under a B- in courses within the program.

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  • Fellow by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association
  • Director inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration

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Graduates with an ASU Online Law Enforcement Administration Graduate Certificate have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Applicants who are nondegree-seeking students (not admitted to a graduate degree program at ASU) will be required to submit:

  1. Graduate admission application
  2. Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework
  3. A written statement of career and educational goals
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Current resume
  6. Proof of English proficiency

Applicants who are graduate degree-seeking students (admitted to a graduate program at ASU) will be required to submit:

  1. Graduate admission application
  2. A written statement of career and educational goals

Additional Application Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Students from related fields, such as public policy, political science, psychology, sociology, as well as other social science degrees, might be interested in this program; however, all eligible students will be considered. Although most students would likely come from the aforementioned degree fields, there is no specific undergraduate degree major required for admission; the school will accept applicants with undergraduate degrees from all educational backgrounds.

There are no required admission examinations for this program.

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