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 or physical sciences
6 credits of arts and humanities
Note: General education and elective courses may be completed at any regionally accredited institution. A minimum grade of C is required for transfer credit to be approved. General education and elective coursework 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 4190: Capstone Project (4 credits)
You may select 30 credit-hours of elective courses from the following courses or complete the 30 credit-hours of electives at any regionally accredited institution, in consultation with an academic advisor.
- CPS 2101: The Criminal Justice System (4 credits)
- CPS 2105: Deviance and Social Control (4 credits)
- CPS 2170: Domestic Violence (4 credits)
- CPS 2172: Comparative Police Systems (4 credits)
- CPS 2173: Transnational Threats and Security (4 credits)
- CPS 2174: Crisis and Emergency Planning (4 credits)
- CPS 2175: Emergency Public Health Issues (4 credits)
- CPS 2176: Media, Public Relations, and Crisis Communication (4 credits)
- CPS 2177: Crime Prevention (4 credits)
- CPS 2191: Crime Data Analysis (3 credits)
- CPS 2191: History of Anglo-Saxon Policing (3 credits)
- CPS 2191: Leadership Management in Literature (3 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
Who You'll Study With
As a student in the Police and Security program, you will learn from expert faculty with extensive experience in state and federal law enforcement, the legal profession, and other allied fields.
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
- Two or more years of work experience in the safety, security field, or military field, or an Associates Degree in a criminal justice related field
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.
Applicants that have complete applications are eligible to request an application fee waiver by 11:59 p.m. on the Priority Deadline.* To request an application fee waiver, contact your program representative before submitting your application. Fee waiver details. Applications received after the Final Deadline will continue to be processed, space permitting.
Online program only
- Fall Priority Deadline: May 15*
- Fall Final Deadline: July 15
Online program only
- Not available
Online program only
- Not available
Tuition & Aid
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 & Fees
|Rates Effective Summer 2019-Spring 2020 Terms|
Tuition (Summer 2019-Spring 2020 Terms):
60 credits @ $835 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
GW's Military & Veteran Services provides wide-ranging resources and support to the military community, including GW scholarships and assistance with benefits:
Since Military and Veterans Services was created in 2008, GW has been an annual recipient of the Military Friendly Award and is also annually recognized as a Military Times “Best for Vets” higher education institution.
"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.