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Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

The School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (SLEJA) at Western Illinois University is the largest criminal justice program in the state of Illinois. It is internationally known for academic excellence -- and ranks among the top programs in the United States.

Our dynamic curriculum blends theoretical and administrative knowledge with research and practical skills. The program allows the student a high degree of flexibility for a liberal and professional education to meet the every changing needs of the criminal justice field. 

All students complete a one-semester internship designed to expose students to various criminal justice agency functions. Our degree provides students with excellent preparation for entry level positions in all levels of criminal justice work, and provides a firm foundation for graduate school.

Possible Careers

  • Police Officer/Deputy
  • Detective/Investigator
  • Fish & Wildlife Officer
  • FBI, CIA
  • U.S. Customs, ICE, Border Patrol
  • Secret Service
  • Correction Officer
  • Adult Probation
  • Firefighter
  • Fire Chief
  • Arson Investigator
  • Private Investigator
  • Loss Prevention Manager


...and there are many more careers to choose from!

Why Choose Law Enforcement & Justice Administration at WIU?

The School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) is a premiere program. The LEJA program at WIU is one of the largest law enforcement degree programs in the world, and is the largest regional program. Yet, Law Enforcement and Justice Administration classes at WIU are small enough to facilitate individualized instruction. In addition to holding terminal degrees, LEJA faculty are also former and current practitioners, who link theory to practice. LEJA faculty are very accessible to students and are always willing to offer guidance and advice to help promote individual student growth and development.

With over 10,000 alumni, The School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration has graduates in all aspects of criminal justice. Many hold key administrative positions at federal, state, and local levels. The School also offers a Master of Arts degree in law Enforcement Administration. The School prepares men and women for careers in all aspect of criminal justice, as well as molding future leaders. The School invites you to visit the LEJA webpage for further information and detailed information about the curriculum and degree requirements.

Some of Our Alumni


At A Glance

  • Degrees Available: Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts
  • Minor Available? Yes
  • Graduate Degree Available? Yes
  • Campus: Macomb & Quad Cities
  • Study Opportunities: GradTrac, Honors, Graduate Studies, Post-Baccaulaureate Certificate

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