Graduate Academic Certificate in Police Executive Leadership

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Achieve Your Online Graduate Academic Certificate in Police Executive Leadership

The graduate academic certificate in Police Executive Leadership provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts, theories, and practices in law enforcement and will help professionals hone their skills and increase their knowledge to prepare them for advancement in the law enforcement field. Courses emphasize management, leadership and agency with a focus on theory and enforcement related analysis.

This program examines current issues in managing law enforcement agencies, contemporary policing practices and current trends in law enforcement.

In order to be eligible for admission into the Police Executive Leadership certificate program, applicants must have a four-year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are not required for admission into the certificate program, but may be required for any student who later wants to formally enter the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program. The courses taken in the certificate program transfer directly into the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree.

Benefits of this Program

  • The primary objective of the Graduate Academic Certificate in Police Executive Leadership is to provide an advanced academic credential for students entering or already working in the law enforcement field.

Worried that your busy lifestyle will get in the way of making your career goals a reality?

Our online program is the solution.

  • Convenient. Log in at any time from any place.
  • Affordable. Costs $1,073.85* per 3-hour course for Texas residents and $1,515.48* per 3-hour course for Out-of-State residents – an excellent value for a master’s degree.
  • Flexible. Online courses allow you to set your own schedule.
  • Adaptable. With the option to take one, two, or three courses at a time, you can set your own pace to best fit your needs. (Financial Aid requires taking 5 graduate hours to qualify.)
  • Respected. UNT's criminal justice alumni can be found in virtually every criminal justice agency serving the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex and throughout the State of Texas.
*The amounts above do not include certain mandatory fees charged to students who are simultaneously taking courses on-campus nor do they include any college-level course fees. These costs are an estimate and the actual cost may vary based on the individual circumstances of the student (e.g., waivers or exemptions).

How does this program advance my career? This program is a perfect fit for:

  • Graduate students entering law enforcement and current full-time law enforcement officers and administrators.

How does it work?

  • The 9-hour Graduate Academic Certificate in Police Executive Leadership requires three (3) required core courses (9 hours) to complete the certificate.
    1. CJUS 5350 - Seminar in Contemporary Policing
    2. CJUS 5500 - Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration
    3. CJUS 5850 - Directed Studies in Police Executive Leadership
  • Online course schedule rotates throughout Fall, Summer, and Spring -- allowing you to easily fit the courses offered to your personal schedule.
  • If you take one course each session, you can earn your Online Graduate Academic Certificate in Police Executive Leadership in one year.


Program Contact

Criminal Justice
Chilton Hall, Room 265
410 S. Avenue C
Denton TX, 76201 

Office: (940) 565-2562