New Year’s Resolution: Enhance Your Career with Saint Leo’s Criminal Justice Degree Online

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Saint Leo University offers working adults a convenient, flexible way to launch or expand a career in criminal justice

According to, Americans consistently rank “finding a better job” as one of the most popular New Year's resolutions. For many Americans, reaching that career goal requires a new direction and a new degree. A criminal justice degree online from Saint Leo University offers working adults an opportunity to prepare for a rewarding job change.

A nationally recognized leader in online learning, Saint Leo University makes higher education accessible with rolling admissions—no need to wait until September to act on that resolution.

Students can enroll any time in the private, liberal arts university's criminal justice degree online, and start classes at six convenient dates throughout the year. The registration deadline for Saint Leo's first spring term is Feb. 29, 2012. Classes start March 5, and end April 29.

Saint Leo makes the admission process simple: A straightforward online application, with no standardized tests required. Prospective students submit proof of high school graduation or academic transcripts from previous universities attended. And police officers submit documentation if they've completed training with the FBI National Academy, police institute or certified polygraph schools.

Saint Leo University’s School of Education & Social Services offers online bachelors and masters degrees to prepare active and aspiring criminal justice professionals for careers in law enforcement. The curriculum explores ethical and legal issues in criminal justice, public policy-making, offender treatment methodology, forensic science, hostage negotiations, terrorism, and information resource systems and technologies.

The department offers bachelors students two specializations: criminalistics for students interested in using forensic science to analyze and interpret evidence in the law enforcement field, and homeland security for students interested in combating terrorism. For the masters of criminal justice online program, students can choose between a critical incident management specialization and a forensic science specialization.

Saint Leo University's criminal justice program director, Dr. Robert J. Diemer, has nearly 30 years of varied investigative experience, and is nationally known for his expertise in undercover operations and drug enforcement. Other standout faculty members include former FBI Special Agent Joe Navarro—an internationally recognized expert in decoding body language—and Leonard Territo and Rande Matteson, Ph.D., who recently published the first book to examine human organ trafficking from a multidisciplinary perspective.

One of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military, Saint Leo University has been educating criminal justice professionals for more than three decades. In the Catholic spirit, the university bases its criminal justice model on a steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value, and gifts of all people.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo ranks as one of the top universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list. Saint Leo’s traditional liberal arts campus, located 30 miles north of Tampa, educates more than 1,900 students. Total enrollment across its campus, regional education centers, and online programs exceeds 15,000. Among the oldest Catholic universities in Florida, Saint Leo is one of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military, and is a nationally recognized leader in online education.

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