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College of Human Development, Culture, and Media
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Master of Arts (M.A.)

Law Enforcement Executive Leadership (Online)

For more than a quarter century, Seton Hall University has offered qualified law enforcement officers, criminal justice professionals and government employees at the federal, state, county, and municipal levels and members of the Armed Services the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts degree in Law Enforcement Executive Leadership.  Our graduates have advanced to the highest levels within their organizations.

The Program

The Law Enforcement Executive Leadership program provides a challenging and unique curriculum, delivered through an online format, completed over 30 credit hours and within six semesters. The program is 100% online. Students may attend online classes live, or watch recorded classes at a time that works best for them. Taught by experienced and knowledgeable professors, the curriculum enables students to acquire the necessary skills and tools to analyze complex public sector challenges and manage the day-to day operations of public agencies.

Tuition Discount

In recognition of service, the University provides a significant discount for students in the LEEL program. The University offers graduate scholarship opportunities, including the Dr. Stephen and Beverly Hoptay Fellowship for New Jersey State Troopers. Public service employees may also be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs.

Become a Leader in Law Enforcement

Seton Hall University’s Law Enforcement Executive Leadership graduate program enables students to acquire the necessary leadership skills and tools to analyze complex public sector challenges.

Stephen Hoptay, Ed.S. '04/Ed.D.'07

"Imparting the knowledge I gained at Seton Hall has been extremely rewarding; more importantly, it's been helpful to others."

Stephen Hoptay, Ed.S. '04/Ed.D. '07
Senior Security Advisor, South Jersey Port Corporation; Retired New Jersey State Police Captain

Admissions Requirements 

  • Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Statement of goals and professional interests (one-page) 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation regarding candidate's academic ability and personal qualifications 

Application Deadlines 

The program accepts applications throughout the year and operates on a rolling admissions basis.  

Interested students may enroll in the program, before formal acceptance, on a non-matriculated basis for the first semester. 

Faculty Listing

The faculty in the College of Human Development, Culture, and Media are expert researchers and practitioners in teacher and leader preparation as well as professional psychology and family therapy. Many are actively engaged with schools and community agencies, modeling best practices to their students in the university classroom and in the field. Collaboration within departments and across is encouraged with the recognition that supporting and improving the lives of children, families and communities is a complex process.

Take the Next Step

The College of Human Development, Culture, and Media embodies the University’s commitment to pedagogical innovation, intellectual ferment and community engagement. Uniting scholars and students from four dynamic academic departments, the College provides cutting-edge, transdisciplinary inquiry into the stickiest problems of our time.

Our collaborative ethos is the hallmark of a Seton Hall education: an interdisciplinary approach to learning that grounds students firmly in their chosen discipline while expanding their perspectives through collaboration — setting them apart in their ability to lead in a variety of fields and solve pressing problems in society.

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