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Law Enforcement

The Associate of Science in Law Enforcement program is specifically designed for individuals who have completed basic law enforcement or correction officer training. The program is offered entirely online, providing students the flexibility to complete classes around busy personal and professional obligations.

Credit is granted for both law enforcement (up to 40 credits) or corrections officer training (up to 15 credits) allowing students an opportunity to earn their associate degree by completing as few as seven courses.

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Send official transcripts.

Students with no prior college, please provide an official high school transcript or GED. Students with prior college credit  must submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges. You can order college transcripts from prior colleges at www.getmytranscript.com.

Send official transcripts to admissions@thomasu.edu.

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Thomas University
1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, GA 31792

Please also provide a copy of your POST (Peace Officers Standards Training) transcript for credit evaluation. Students with prior military service should also send a copy of their JST/CCAF.

The following courses are required to be completed at Thomas University in order to earn the associate degree in Law Enforcement:

For student with basic law enforcement training

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Speech Communication
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Cultural Foundation electives (2 classes)
  • Inquiry elective

For student with corrections officer POST

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Speech Communication
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Cultural Foundation electives (2 classes)
  • Inquiry elective
  • Criminology
  • Policing in America
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Criminal Procedure

All courses completed at TU can be applied toward the bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.

Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 7 percent through 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

While a continued desire for public safety is expected to result in a need for more officers, demand for employment is expected to vary depending on location, driven largely by local and state budgets. Even with crime rates falling in recent years, demand for police services to maintain and improve public safety is expected to continue.

Job Prospects

Job applicants may face competition because of relatively low rates of turnover. Applicants with a bachelor's degree and law enforcement or military experience, especially investigative experience, as well as those who speak more than one language, should have the best job opportunities.

Because the level of government spending determines the level of employment for police and detectives, the number of job opportunities can vary from year to year and from place to place.

Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics

Thomas University has a number of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with state and local law enforcement agencies.  These agreements allow students actively employed with partner organizations to receive a tuition discount. If your employer is not listed and you would like to discuss a possible MOU, please contact:

Stephen Ferguson
sferguson@thomasu.edu
Toll Free: 844-862-6978
Cell: 202-821-7249

Students employed at the partner agencies below are eligible for a tuition discount of $250 per credit.


  • Albany, GA Police Department
  • Bartlow-Cartersville, GA Drug Task Force
  • Euharlee, GA Police Department
  • Forsyth, GA Police Department
  • Georgia Department of Corrections
  • Glynn County, GA Police Department
  • Leon County, FL Sheriff Department
  • Muscogee County, GA Sheriff Department
  • Rome, GA Police Department
  • Thomasville, GA Police Department
  • Tooms County, GA Sheriff Department
  • Vidalia, GA Police Department
  • Valdosta, GA Police Department

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