Fraternal Order of Police University


Bachelors degree completion programs in Criminal Justice designed for the National Fraternal Order of Police University
Introduction: Union Institute & University's bachelor's degree program is designed to offer criminal justice professionals the opportunity to pursue their educational goals while continuing their work in the field. Prospective learners will already have achieved a wealth of professional experience in law enforcement, corrections, or the courts. In addition, it is expected that learners will have earned a significant portion of the degree requirements through enrollment in other colleges/universities. That credit, upon entry, can be transferred into their UI&U bachelor's degree program.

The objectives of the criminal justice degree programs at UI&U are based upon the assumption that social policy, decision-making, and reform in modern law enforcement requires a broad academic experience, innovative thinking, including theoretical foundations of the discipline, and appropriate research methods, and principles applicable to the administration of justice field.

Accelerated pathways toward degree completion: UI&U is recognized as one of the few "Adult Focused Institutions" in the country dedicated to serving the needs of adult learners. As one of the few universities in the country identified as an "adult focused university," we have designed a variety of strategies to assist each learner in accelerating their progress toward the completion of their baccalaureate degree credential. Several common strategies include:
Credit awards for basic police academy completion Over the years, UI&U faculty have evaluated several of the nation's largest law enforcement academies for credit awards, resulting in up to 32 semester credit hours. California POST, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement training, Ohio OPOTA, Kentucky Justice Cabinet approved training and Washington State law enforcement police academy training are just a few that have already been reviewed with more to come.

Individualized Prior Learning Assessment For learners who have documented previous college level learning that has not yet been assessed for college credit, UI&U's own prior learning assessment strategies can be accessed to enable potential credit awards for advanced level training or documentation of college level learning even outside the field of law enforcement (i.e., science, mathematics, humanities, etc.). Up to 30 semester credit hours can be earned in this way. CLEP and DANTES examinations are also accepted for credit awards upon documentation of passing scores.

FOP Member Scholarships UI&U recognizes the contributions of current FOP members by offering a 10% tuition scholarship for undergraduate studies (5% for graduate studies) upon enrollment as well as other tuition savings opportunities directed toward learners who maintain continuous enrollment through graduation. Contact your enrollment counselor for additional information.

8-week terms run continuously throughout the year UI&U offers enrollment terms throughout the calendar year in both 16-week semester formats and 8-week sessions, enabling each learner to maintain progress toward their degree without interruption. Most criminal justice courses are offered in 8-week session formats, enabling a learner to complete up to two courses every 8 weeks.

Maximum amount of transfer credit The baccalaureate degree program requires a minimum completion of 120 semester credit hours. Up to 90 semester credit hours may be earned through any combination of transfer credit from other colleges/universities, prior learning assessment or testing.
Faculty: The faculty, comprised of experienced criminal justice professionals from across the country, are dedicated, knowledgeable, and caring professional men and women who strive to provide every learner with a positive and successful learning experience.

Instructional Methodology: All courses required for degree completion can be offered either through site-based locations (in Los Angeles or Sacramento, CA; Miami, FL; or Cincinnati, OH) or offered entirely online or through faculty-guided independent study, enabling the university to respond to most every learning style.

Contact Information: Prospective learners, regardless of geographic location, are encouraged to submit a request for further information to:
Sarah Kolks
Enrollment & Outreach Coordinator
Union Institute & University
440 E. McMillan Street
Cincinnati, OH 45206
sarah.kolks@myunion.edu
(513) 487-1241
(800) 486-3116
Union Institute & University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
(800) 621-7440 ● www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org