Law Enforcement Leadership

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Law Enforcement Leadership is designed to enhance leadership and management skills of chiefs of police and other key state law enforcement command personnel by providing professionally relevant education at the undergraduate level. It offers you an improved understanding of organizational behavior, motivation, change, budget development, labor relations, human resources, and strategic planning.  

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online undergraduate certificate is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Law enforcement behavior, management, and culture
  • Communication within police subcultures
  • Modern U.S. law enforcement leaders
  • Conflict resolution and officer morale
  • Funding issues and organizational events
  • Leadership behavior, characteristics, and power
  • Motivation and gender influences
  • Management techniques and strategic planning
  • Human resource management, employment, and labor relations

This online certificate is designed for undergraduate students who want to improve their knowledge without committing to a degree program. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Examine management techniques, principles, and philosophies which are part of organization change and transformation.
  • Develop a self-assessment of one’s own leadership and motivation skills, knowledge, and attitudes.
  • Integrate the principles used in formulating and executing a strategic plan.
  • Evaluate the historical and current state of employment relations theory.
  • Analyze the four phases of the budget cycle.
  • Critique the concepts, skills, theories, and techniques involving human resource management and HR practices in the workplace.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

View Tuition and Fees Details  

*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.