Harper College

Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

While there are hundreds of potential career opportunities in the law enforcement, justice administration and forensics fields, each differ significantly in their specific areas of expertise. Each job, though, from police officers, to security personnel, public safety dispatchers and more, are essential in keeping local communities and the country safe.

A degree or certificate in law enforcement, justice administration or forensics at Harper College ensures students gain the necessary skills and requirements to be a law enforcement officer or public safety dispatcher in the state of Illinois.

Start at Harper. Finish at a four-year university.

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, or a related major. Speak with your advisor about the best courses to take to meet your academic goals.

Harper also offers institution-specific transfer information to help prepare you to transition to a four-year university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.

Earn a career-ready degree

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed to prepare you for immediate entry into this career field. Coursework in the AAS may also prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Earn a workforce credential

Jumpstart your career by learning new skills through a certificate program. Many of Harper's certificates are stackable to a degree program through additional coursework.

Flexible program options

Explore Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Careers

Learn more about career outcomes for Harper's Law Enforcement and Justice Administration degree/certificate programs. Each career profile offers a complete picture on the local job market, including salaries, open positions, top local employers and more. To learn more, visit our Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Careers page.

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Next steps

For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Program News

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Chief of Police John Lawson

Harper College Police Department joins NIPAS to enhance community safety

The agreement allows members of more than 100 police agencies to share equipment and personnel via a task force that responds to major civil disturbances. Read More

Last Updated: 11/13/23