The University is one of the nation's premiere online universities preparing criminal justice leaders through graduate-level education.
This career-relevant program offers law-enforcement and criminal justice professionals, managers and administrators the ability to earn a graduate-level certificate entirely online. Designed to prepare criminal justice leaders, students enrolled in the program conduct advanced studies in criminal behavior with a focus on biological, psychological and sociological perspectives.
The program addresses key applications of state and federal law and their relationships to procedural and substantive procedures. Students also study theories of punishment and behavioral corrections, the constitutionality of key laws, and the public issues most pertinent to the criminal justice system today.
Students join a unified network of law-enforcement and criminal justice professionals who share a common vision to protect their community and nation. Classes are instructed by expert professors with extensive field experience. Students learn directly from experienced practitioners, many who share their knowledge acquired while serving as sheriffs, legal counsel, police chiefs, and military and homeland security leaders.
The University consults with industry advisory councils to assess the curriculum and verify that it aligns with industry regulations and emerging practices in criminal justice.
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American Public University is a leading provider of affordable, quality online education offering more than 90 degree programs to learners everywhere. APU is ranked in the top 20% overall of online bachelor's degree programs by U.S. News & World Report (Source: U.S. News & World Report, Best Online Bachelors Programs, January 2016).
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51% of our students receive course credit for prior college or work experience.
*Public 4-year, in-state undergraduate data is provided by the College Board’s Trends in College Pricing 2015. Graduate information is provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Digest of Educational Statistics 2014-2015 data. Annual estimates are based on total institutional costs (published tuition, required fees, and books) assuming 30 undergraduate or 18 graduate-level semester credit hours.
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