Bethel University makes earning a degree easier for busy police officers

Bethel University is making it possible for police officers to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice – “without missing their beat.” The accelerated, SACSCOC-accredited program accepts up to 30 semester hours of qualified Police Academy credits, which is the equivalent of approximately two semesters of traditional university elective credits. In addition, criminal justice professionals who have served in the military can receive credit for their prior training. Altogether, Bethel University will accept up to 60 total semester hours from these non-traditional sources, making it possible for those in the criminal justice field to finish their degree even faster.

Executive Vice President of the College of Professional Studies, Kelly Sanders-Kelley, said, “We know that every minute matters in the challenging field of criminal justice. Our accelerated, online format — combined with credit for prior learning — means that adult learners can earn a degree while serving and protecting the citizens in their communities.”

The Criminal Justice curriculum was designed to allow law enforcement professionals, managers and administrators to explore the laws, practices, technologies and skills needed by today’s leaders in the field. Experienced instructors and a cohort structure provide ongoing guidance and support.

Bethel University was established in 1842, and named the #2 Private Christian College in the nation in 2015. The university’s College of Professional Studies offers accelerated undergraduate degrees in Management on-campus and online; online bachelor’s degrees in Emergency Services Management and Criminal Justice; and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Business Administration (MBA) in a flexible, online format. To find out more, go to, or call 877-4BETHEL.