Graduate Studies

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for Law Enforcement Certificate Program

Increase your knowledge and skills to address diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in the law enforcement workplace.

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Program Overview

Designed for current and future leaders in law enforcement organizations, the diversity, equity, and inclusion certificate for law enforcement officers combines specialized criminal justice and DE&I coursework for those who want to facilitate improvements in our justice system. 

This need for diversity, equity and inclusion leadership is acute in the field of law enforcement, where many officers feel under attack by citizens and the media in the last decade. Law enforcement agencies are faced with the challenge of changing the culture within their departments, or risk losing more officers to the stress of the job.

This certificate program, which may be pursued by individuals or tailored to meet the specific needs of whole departments or agencies, aims to provide the foundational knowledge and communication skills needed for today’s world. Cross-cultural understanding is an imperative for law enforcement officers as they serve the communities in which they work. Successful officers need to understand, respect, and communicate with all segments of the population. Building this knowledge and skill set enables departments to build the public trust and address negative perceptions.

NOTE: This program is also offered to students with a high school diploma who do not have a college degree. Please see our Adult & Continuing studies academic offerings for details about the undergraduate-level diversity, equity, & inclusion for law enforcement certificate program.  

Program Information

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Students will benefit from increasing their knowledge in diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. In addition, students will identify strategic approaches to creating and sustaining diverse workforces supported by organizational commitment to equity and diversity.

  • Understand the historical foundations and changing environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion in today’s law enforcement workplace.
  • Understand diversity, equity, and inclusion as conceptual and theoretical frameworks in law enforcement agencies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of change leadership theory and practice in organizations.
  • Identify best practices associated with leading vibrant learning organizations that effectively align diversity, equity, and inclusion practice with organizational strategy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cross-culture differences and strategies for developing cultural competency within organizations.

Complete the online certificate program in diversity, equity, and inclusion for law enforcement and then easily transition to the master's degree program in organizational development and leadership

The transition is simple; students enrolled in the certificate will only have to complete a short application and will have all their discounted certificate course credits applied to the degree program.

You can even complete a master's degree by combining (or "stacking") certificates and taking a capstone course. Completing a master's degree program this way will afford you significant savings, as certificate courses cost 50 percent less than master's courses.

Admissions Information

No application deadline (rolling admissions)


See the Graduate Tuition & Fees page for the per credit tuition cost for certificates offered through the Center for Graduate & Continuing Studies.  


Though the diversity, equity, & inclusion for law enforcement certificate program does not qualify for federal financial aid if taken alone, it is offered at a discounted tuition rate. We can advise you on program and payment plan options that will meet your needs. 

We also recommend that you:

  • Explore tuition remission benefits through your employer.
  • Check out our employer partnerships for discounted tuition rates for local organizations and corporations. If you don't see your organization listed, reach out to your HR department to advocate for a partnership.   
  • Transition your discounted certificate credits to one of our master's programs to save money on completion of your degree. 

Program Highlights

Convenient & Flexible Program Options

The 100% online version offers you the convenience and flexibility of completing coursework when you want, where you want. Instead of having to adjust your schedule and personal responsibilities to attend in-person classroom sessions, you are free to study at any time, whether in the early hours of the morning or late at night. 

This certificate program can also be delivered on-site in a law enforcement setting or taken in-person or online as part a larger organizational cohort. 

Contact our Graduate Admissions team to discuss options that meet your needs. 

Supportive Learning Environment Specific to Law Enforcement

As part of the curriculum, you'll have the opportunity to explore and discuss issues of importance to law enforcement officers and explore ways to improve your cultural competency and create a climate of inclusion. By engaging in these types of discussions in a supportive learning environment, you'll develop the necessary skills to tackle social justice issues and better connect with the diverse communities you serve.

Take the Next Steps


Applying online is easy—and it's free! Have questions about your individual requirements? Request an in-person or virtual meeting with an admissions advisor for guidance prior to submitting your application.