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Earn Your Online Police Management Certificate In 6 Months

Advance your position in law enforcement with Northern Arizona University’s online undergraduate certificate in Police Management. NAU’s specialized Certified Police Manager certificate prepares current and aspiring police leaders to effectively lead in the current environment. You will develop a style of management that adheres to the current theories and principles of effective leadership with direct application to practical police situations.

You can earn your Certified Police Manager certificate alongside a bachelor’s degree, or on its own. Be prepared to earn your promotion. Become a Certified Police Manager online through NAU in as little as 6 months. 

A Criminal Justice Certificate In A High-Demand Field

Supervisors of police officers and detectives in Arizona make an average of $87,000 annually. The U.S. Department of Labor is also expecting a projected job growth of 7% by 2022. 

A Certified Police Manager certificate puts you a step ahead of the competition for sought after law enforcement leadership roles, including: 

  • Assistant Chief of Police
  • Chief of Police
  • Police Captain
  • Police Lieutenant
  • Police Sergeant

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Certified Police Manager

Campus Locations

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Degree Information
15 units
Maximum Transfer Units

University Requirements

  • To receive an undergraduate certificate (at least 15 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

    Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program). See the "Details" tab for additional information.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 15
Some online/blended coursework Required

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, students will: 

  1. Understand the ethical issues facing police leaders.
  2. Develop a style of leadership that adheres to the current theories and principles of effective leadership.
  3. Apply ethical and leadership theories to practical police situations.
  4. Understand the employment law issues that affect police leaders, and be able to lead according to the current laws in the field.
  5. Have the ability to lead in a culturally diverse profession.
  6. Be knowledgeable of the current police issues.



Certificate Requirements
  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.  Federal financial aid cannot be used if the certificate is completed as a stand-alone certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.