The Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Concentration in leadership are concerned with the study of leadership principles and practices, teamwork, motivation, conflict management, and professional criminal procedure. It is designed to prepare law enforcement professionals in local, state, and federal agencies for leadership responsibilities and, consequently, advancement to upper-level and supervisory positions.

General Education Requirements – 55 credits

Code / Course Title / Credits

  • PSS100 Academic Strategies 3
  • COM146 Communication 3
  • CIS101 Computer Literacy 3
  • ENG101A Reading and Composition 3
  • ART220 Introduction to Film 3
  • MTH115 College Algebra 3
  • PSY221 Psychology 3
  • ENG101B Critical Thinking, Reading & Writing 3
  • BIO151 Introduction to Biology 3
  • ENG204 Interdisciplinary Reading, Writing, and Research 3
  • SOC230 Sociology 3
  • POL241 American Government 3
  • PSC152 Physical Science 3
  • PHL263 Social Ethics 3
  • PHL271 Philosophy 3
  • MTH135 Statistics 3
  • PHY154 Physics I with Lab 4
  • SSC304 World Religions 3

Leadership Core Requirements – 42 credits

Code / Course Title / Credits

  • LDR364 Organizational Behavior 3
  • PSY421 Social Psychology 3
  • BUS209 Financial Accounting 3
  • LDR471 Conflict Management 3
  • LDR472 Mentoring and Team Leadership 3
  • PSY389 Cross-Cultural Psychology 3
  • LDR481 Principles and Practices of Leadership 3
  • MGT301 Leadership in Organizations and Business Management 3
  • MGT304 Organizational and Business Communication 3
  • MGT313 Business Law and Ethics 3
  • MGT408 Marketing Management 3
  • MGT410 Human Resource Management 3
  • PSY476 Counseling 3
  • LDR499 Capstone Experience 3

Concentration Requirements – 24 credits

Code / Course Title / Credits

  • CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
  • CRJ150 Corrections 3
  • CRJ250 Juveniles in the Justice System 3
  • CRJ260 Criminology 3
  • CRJ350 Ethical Behavior in the Criminal Justice System 3
  • CRJ370 Criminal Investigation 3
  • CRJ360 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
  • CRJ450 Drugs — Use and Abuse 3

Admissions Requirements

Patten University does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, national or ethnic origin in administering its admission policies and its educational policies and programs.


In order to matriculate as a fully admitted degree-seeking undergraduate, an individual must: Verify or submit within 30 days of enrollment a high school transcript or equivalent (such as a GED) that is accepted by the University as valid. Complete twelve (12) college-level credits, either by completing courses at Patten University or by submitting transfer credits that are accepted by the University, or a combination of the two. Patten University will verify high school graduation or equivalent and transcript authenticity. A student who cannot produce a high school transcript or equivalent cannot matriculate as a degree-seeking student at Patten University. ACT or SAT scores are not required for admission. Written permission from a legal guardian is required for admission of persons who are under the age of 18.


In order to matriculate as a fully admitted degree-seeking graduate student, an individual must possess a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Degree conferral will be verified by Patten University. All verification and required transcript submission for matriculation must be completed within 30 days of enrollment. GRE or GMAT scores are not required. Students entering the MBA program are expected to have completed undergraduate-level microeconomics and college algebra with a C- or higher before starting their degree program. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the proper paperwork is submitted to verify that he or she has completed the prerequisites before their term starts. If the prerequisites are not complete at term start, the student will be placed into them automatically and will be required to complete them before starting a degree program.

Teaching Credentials (on-campus only)

Students seeking admission to either the single- or multiple-subject teaching credential program must submit:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Three (3) character references
  • Documentation of recent TB test
  • Personal statement

CBEST scores. (Those who score five or more points below passing on the CBEST must take an appropriate remedial mathematics and/or English course as needed.) Academic requirements for teaching credential programs may be met by submitting documents and transcripts showing one of the following: Multiple Subject Credential candidates: completion of an acceptable baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution – minimum GPA of 2.5; passing score on the California required subject matter examinations. Single Subject Credential candidates: completion of an acceptable baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution – minimum GPA of 2.5; passing score on the California required subject matter examination(s), or completion of a CTC designated major waiver program from a California institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Note: The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) establishes five options that can be utilized to meet the state requirements for acceptance by all Teaching Credential Programs (ref: CTC, CIA 07-02). These options are detailed in the Patten University Division of Education Admissions Handbook, available from the Patten University Division of Education Office.

International Students

Patten University does not provide visa services to online students or vouch for student immigration status. Instruction at Patten University is provided in English, and the University does not provide English as second language services. Applicants for whom English is a second language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) and have their official TOEFL® score report sent to the Office of Registrar under separate cover. Applicants must receive a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 65 on the Internet-based test (iBT), and the University must receive the score within 30 days of enrollment. Alternatively, an applicant may enrol in the University’s ENG101A Composition I course online as a non-degree student. The University will accept a grade of C or better as proof of English proficiency. Applicants with non-U.S. educational credentials must first obtain a foreign credential evaluation from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (, such as Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), or another independent U.S. evaluation service approved by the University, before submitting their transcripts. If a student chooses to submit her/his credentials to ECE, request forms and cost information are available at the ECE website ( or by contacting ECE at P.O. Box 514070, Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470, USA, telephone (414) 289-3400, fax (414) 289-3411. International applicants must obtain subject evaluations; the general evaluation is not sufficient. International students who do not have U.S. government photo identification will need to produce two forms of alternative photo identification during proctored examinations in order to verify identity. To be accepted, transcripts must be official. Students must have them sent directly from the institution to Patten University under seal, where they must be confirmed by the Office of the Registrar as valid.

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