Strategic Management & Executive Leadership for Law Enforcement

College of Professional Studies

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Arlington Graduate Education Center

Program Overview

As law enforcement officials advance through the ranks, they are trusted with increased managerial responsibilities and formal training in the fundamentals of their new roles is critically important. This graduate certificate program provides the managerial, planning and communication skills required of senior law enforcement professionals.

Designed in collaboration with American University's (AU) School of Professional and Extended Studies and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), this 18 credit cohort-based graduate certificate is aimed at sworn and civilian members of the Metropolitan Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in the Washington metropolitan area.

The program is offered during Fall, Spring, and Summer. Students register for two courses per semester and can complete the graduate certificate in one year. Students meet in class once per week during the evening (6-9 pm) and complete assignments and learning activities online. Upon completion, certificate holders can used these credits to complete a Master’s degree at either GW or AU.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – June 1

Recommendations required:

One recommendation from a current supervisor required.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed, course-by-course evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250-500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this field and describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans.

Additional requirements:

A current resumé with education and work history. Proof of employment from a supervisor or human resource department.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements.


Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
College of Professional Studies – Office of Admission
The George Washington University
805 21st Street NW, Suite 301
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
College of Professional Studies
[email protected] ~ 202-994-2083 (phone) 
9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday