Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Programs

Undergraduate Degree Programs

The School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration houses three separate disciplines, the study of policing and criminal justice, the study of emergency management and emergency operations, and the study of fire protection. Each program features a robust and expansive curriculum allowing students a wide array of educational experiences. Each program culminates with a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

The LEJA program at WIU is the largest undergraduate law enforcement/criminal justice program in Illinois and the region. Students pursuing this course of study receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. The program is designed to provide professional knowledge, understanding, and skills for criminal justice and loss prevention personnel and, at the same time, develop an educational base for further development into staff and administrative positions in criminal justice and private security agencies. The program allows the student ample flexibility for liberal and professional education to meet the anticipated needs of the criminal justice network. Most majors in the program participate in an internship for one academic semester to gain firsthand acquaintance with criminal justice agencies at the federal, state, county, and local levels. Graduates find employment in city, county, state, and federal agencies, in private security, corrections, courts, and in adult and juvenile court services.

The undergraduate program is offered in Macomb and Quad Cities (Moline, IL). The program is also available fully online.

Emergency Management

The Emergency Management Bachelor of Science Degree Program will prepare students to become future leaders who will create and administer emergency plans, coordinate disaster response. and develop and utilize communication networks for addressing natural catastrophies (tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, fires, and hurricanes) technological disasters (hazardous materials spills and nuclear power plant emergencies) and weapons of mass destruction incidents including bio terrorism. The program is designed to encompass both a tactical track and an operational response to disaster preparedness. This approach will capitalize on the strength of the existing LEJA and Fire Programs and will accentuate the goals of merging FEMA and other entitites under the overriding unbrella of Homeland Security.

Additionally, WIU has established an Emergency Operation Center (EOC)  which centralizes  key emergency responding participants. This  center affords greater collaboration for research and academics,  grant seeking prospects, and highlights the importance of specialized skills, (GIS, meteorology, security, law, etc.) This EOC is unique in that it is designed for and will offer the only known available apprenticeship opportunities to Emergency Management and Public Safety students in the nation. This apprenticeship opportunity will enhance the powerful internship experience.

The program is offered in Macomb and online. 

Fire Protection Services

The Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection Services supports two separate fields of study. Our Fire Administration program focuses on the needs of working fire professionals who either aspire to, or have acquired leadership positions in the Fire Service. To best meet the needs of our working fire professionals, the Fire Administration curriculum is available completely online. Our Fire Science program focuses on the needs of students preparing for a career in the Fire Service. It delivers curriculum designed to give our students a competitive edge in acquiring a firefighting position, and the tools to excel in their career. The Fire Science program is delivered on the Macomb campus and remotely. Both programs are designed to provide professional knowledge, understanding, and skills in fire protection, while developing an educational base for further development educational pursuits. For more information on Fire Protection studies go to www.wiu.edu/fire.


Graduate Degree Programs

Established in 1976, the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration offers a Master of Arts in Public Safety Administration. The law enforcement and justice administration (LEJA) graduate program is internationally known for academic excellence. It provides students with a rich blend of theoretical, administrative, and practical knowledge as well as research skills. Those who have earned the degree occupy positions of responsibility and leadership across the United States and in several foreign countries.

The program is designed to provide a balanced, interdisciplinary course of study for those currently employed in criminal justice/public safety and related fields, as well as for those wishing to pursue careers in these fields of academia. Courses provide students with current information in the areas of administrative/organizational behavior; law; research and quantitative skills; and specialized areas such as policing, corrections, emergency management, fire asministration, security, retorative justice, ethics, civil liability, and multiculturalism/diversity.

Graduates of the program are educationally well-rounded students who possess the skills needed to manage and lead in the increasingly complex field of criminal justice and public safety. Additionally, students are academically prepared to pursue advanced degrees in respected Ph.D. and law degree programs.


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The post-baccalaureate certificate program in Police Executive Administration is designed for graduate-level law enforcement students who wish to improve their knowledge in the policing field. This program provides professional development for aspiring law enforcement executives seeking to progress through police supervisory ranks. The work required for the certificate must be completed within three calendar years.


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