Bachelor of Professional Studies with a Major in Police and Security Studies

The bachelor of professional studies with a major in police and security studies degree program helps students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work more effectively as police professionals. Developed by faculty in consultation with metropolitan area law enforcement and police specialists, the core course work is designed to develop three central areas of competency: intelligence and criminal analysis; forensic science; and leadership and management. Elective courses are offered in a variety of disciplines, including sociology, leadership, public health, and international affairs.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 120 credits, including 30 credits in general education courses, 60 credits in required courses, and 30 credits in elective courses. 

Admission requirements:

To be considered for admission to the College of Professional Studies Police and Security Studies program, the applicant must possess an academic record of achievement and be employed as a security and safety professional. The admission requirements are listed below.

  • Completion of a college-level English Composition course at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a grade of C or higher. Note: Applicants may submit an acceptable writing sample taken in a CPS test setting if a college-level English Composition course has not been completed. Test centers are located in DC, Alexandria, Arlington, and Newport News, VA.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Requirements for the degree: 120 credits

Requirements for the program:
30 credits of general education coursework including:*
6 credits of English composition or UW 1020 University Writing plus 2 credits of independent research with a focus on the application of the principles learned in UW 1020
6 credits of quantitative and logical reasoning
6 credits of social and behavioral sciences
6 credits of natural sciences, including one laboratory course
6 credits of arts and humanities
60 credits of core courses:
Intelligence and Criminal Analysis
Particular Forms of Crime (Intelligence and Criminal Analysis)
Models of Policing
Criminal Intelligence
Criminal Analysis (Forensic Science )
Predictive Policing
Forensic Science
Introduction to Forensic Science
Crime Scene Investigation
Computer Crime Investigation
Incident Management
The Criminal Mind
Leadership and Management
Resource Management
Leading Teams
Strategic Planning
Ethical Dilemmas in Policing
Capstone Simulation
30 credits of electives selected from the following, in consultation with academic advisor:
The Criminal Justice System
Domestic Violence
Comparative Police Systems
Transnational Threats and Security
Crisis and Emergency Planning
Emergency Public Health Issues
Media, Public Relations, and Crisis Communication

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.

Director J. Delinski