The Education Committee was established with the following goals in mind:
- Help officers obtain a college education
- Minimize the financial impact on the officers and their families
- Offer a wide variety of degree plans
The information contained on this page provides current information relating to the educational benefits that the Meet & Confer contract affords. We are also providing Links to colleges and universities that meet the accreditation requirements and procedures for reimbursements from the City of Houston.
“Working for you and your family”
Joe Gamaldi, Chairman
The links to the Universities that are listed here are not blanket endorsements of these institutions, just institutions that are known to fit the requirements for the Houston Police Department¹s requirements for reimbursement.
The following are downloadable forms for the HPOU Education department.
Aspen University is offering all Houston Police Officers’ Union members a 10% tuition discount on all of our graduate, and doctoral programs. Students will be able to earn their Master’s in Criminal Justice for only under $11,000 in tuition for the entire program. Union members can earn their Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice for only $150.00 per credit hour.
Aspen University’s mission is to offer any motivated college-worthy student the opportunity to receive a high-quality, responsibly priced distance-learning education for the purpose of achieving sustainable economic and social benefits for themselves and their families. For more information please visit http://application.aspen.edu/aspenu/corporate/POU
Students can pay as they go with our monthly payment plan for a little as $250.00 a month.
Aspen offers two accredited Criminal Justice degree programs completely online. We offer specializations in Criminal Justice Administration, Major Crime Scene Investigation Procedure, Forensic Sciences, Law Enforcement Management, and Terrorism and Homeland Security. Additionally, Aspen offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in Management/Business, Education, Nursing, Psychology & Addiction Counseling, among others. Aspen University offers over 40 different degree programs from the associate to the doctorate level.
Aspen University is the institution of choice for adult learners by offering cost-effective, comprehensive and relevant online education. We are dedicated to helping our students exceed their personal and professional objectives in a socially conscious and economically sensible way. Working adults can fit school into their busy schedules with start dates every two weeks. Aspen is dedicated to providing the highest quality education experiences taught by top-tier faculty – 56 percent of our adjunct faculty holds doctoral degrees. Additionally, Aspen University provides complete student services to assist students academically, financially, and emotionally while they are enrolled.
For more information please call Jamie VanGeest at 855-849-1952 or email email@example.com. Please visit http://application.aspen.edu/aspenu/corporate/POU start your free application. Mention you’re a union member to take advantage of the 10% tuition discount.
The College of Biblical Studies–Houston has been equipping students for ministry to the church and the world for over 40 years. The College seeks to serve those individuals and churches of similar biblical faith and welcomes to its student body qualified persons who are in general agreement with the College’s doctrinal position.
The College was developed to provide college-level training in Bible and theology for those individuals who had little or no opportunity to receive such training by conventional means (resident, full-time). As a commuter college, this training is accomplished in a unique way through our key distinctive:
- Biblical – curriculum is primarily focused on a biblical worldview, based on scriptural truth, with its focus on ministry preparation and life transformation.
- Diverse – students study and experience the education process with fellow students from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
- Accessible – CBS classes are designed to fit around work and personal schedules. Online classes are available anytime. On campus, classes are offered during the day, evening, and Saturdays.
- Affordable – the cost of attendance is intentionally lower than other accredited private institutions and financial aid is available to assist students in meeting the financial requirements of their studies.
CBS offer’s online programs, associates and bachelor’s degrees. Bible certificate program is available for those not seeking a degree.
The College of Biblical Studies-Houston is accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Regional and National accreditation.
The College of Biblical Studies has locations in Houston, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne Indiana and online.
The College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology is committed to excellence in education, training, prevention, research, and service. By offering a diverse curriculum with three graduate degrees and three undergraduate degrees, the College will educate empiricists, educators and practitioners in juvenile justice and psychology.
UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED
- B.S. in Criminal Justice
- B S. in Criminal Justice with Juvenile Justice Specialization
- B.S. in Psychology
B.S. in Criminal Justice
The criminal justice programs are designed to produce proficient graduates who can excel in various aspects of the field in leadership, service, research and innovation. Criminal justice majors will have the benefit of an informed and caring faculty to challenge them in their preparation to meet the demands of today’s workplace and the nation’s most rigorous graduate programs.
B.S. in Psychology
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology is designed to prepare a pathway for students to enter their chosen area of psychology specialization. Students are closely advised to help them make knowledgeable decisions regarding their professional direction. Particular focus is placed on developing the student’s research skills, and knowledge of physiological psychology. The rigorous nature of this program will assist students in being nationally competitive in the workplace and for graduate school admission.
GRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED
- Master of Science in Juvenile Justice
- Master of Science in Juvenile Forensic Psychology
- Doctor of Philosophy in Juvenile Justice
The Master of Science Degree in Juvenile Justice (MSJJ). This program seeks a diverse group of qualified students with backgrounds in various disciplines committed to improving the life experiences of youths involved in the Juvenile Justice System.
This degree program is only online. Total credit hours to obtain MSJJ are 36.
INTRODUCTION TO MSJJ ONLINE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
This information is meant to give the incoming MSJJ Online student a brief introduction to the program, as well as important information as to how to begin the process of web learning.
The MSJJ Online degree program was developed to be completed primarily through the student’s personal computer and his/her own time. Prairie View A&M University states that all major exams (mid-term and final exams) must be completed either on the Prairie View campus or at an approved testing center. If you decide to attempt an exam at a testing center, you must inform the instructor at the beginning of the course so that we can locate the testing center closest to you and make the necessary arrangements.
It is critical that the student read the Master of Science in Juvenile Justice Graduate Student Handbook. The Handbook is the governing document for the master’s degree program. There are a number of important points in the Handbook that are worth review including:
- The College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology offers a number of graduate assistantships, but they will only be offered to students who are able to make it to the Prairie View campus;
- There are four required courses in the program that include Foundations of Juvenile Justice, Theories of Delinquency, Research Methods, and Applied Statistical Methods. Applied Statistics must be completed within the first 12 hours of the program.
All students must have access to a personal computer with a word processing program and internet access. We recommend that students use computers and software that are not more than two generations old. We do not require the use of a particular web browser. Acceptable word processing programs include Microsoft Office products and Corel Word Perfect.
The Master of Science Degree in Juvenile Forensic Psychology (MSJFP) seeks a diverse group of qualified students with backgrounds in various disciplines committed to improving the life experiences of youths involved in the Juvenile Justice System.
Total credit hours to obtain MSJFP are 36.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN JUVENILE JUSTICE
The goal of the Ph.D.JJ program is to provide doctoral training in juvenile justice research. General objectives include the development of new knowledge, juvenile crime prevention and improvement in the juvenile justice system, and dissemination of knowledge gained. The specific intention of the program is to produce scholars with three characteristics: First, graduates will have superior empirical skills. Second, they will be specialists in the subject matter of the juvenile justice discipline. Third, they will be generalists in the subject matter of criminal justice. The program produces scholars to teach in criminal justice and criminology departments of colleges and universities and researchers to work in federal, state, and large local agencies.
Total credit hours to obtain Ph.D.JJ are 61.
For additional information contact:
SHSU offers high quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs 100% online. If you’re looking for a degree from an established university with the flexibility of an online format, we can help you get started today.
Our degree and certificate programs combine the best in online education: flexibility, affordability and quality. Many of our online degree programs have led to rankings and recognitions, illustrating our commitment to providing affordable services and programs that meet you where you are without sacrificing flexibility or quality.
The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management and Homeland Security Studies programs combine the convenience of an online education with the prestige degree from SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice. These degree programs, along with the two certificates on Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Management, are intended for criminal justice and security professionals currently working in mid-management positions or those seeking career advancement in the field. The degrees cater to professionals whose jobs and family commitments prevent them from returning to campus as full-time students. The programs allow working professionals to continue the pursuit of their career while completing their degree in two years.
*Given the professional nature of the degrees, applicants do not have to provide GRE Scores, nor will they be required to write a thesis.Â
For more information contact:
Office of Graduate Admissions
The Houston Police Officers’ Union is pleased to introduce a relationship between HPOU and the University of Alabama, a top 50 university. Bama By Distance, UA’s online degree programs, are now offered through our website. By clicking on the HPOU-Alabama banner you will be taken to our own portal created exclusively for HPOU members where you will find information regarding all of UA’s online degree programs.
Included in our partnership is HPOU’s own dedicated UA academic counselor to assist you in developing a path to help you achieve your educational and career goals. In addition, UA’s distance learner pricing is the same everywhere regardless of state of residence. Finally, in appreciation of HPOU’s commitment, members and their immediate family will receive a Welcome to Bama Grant. Tuition for the student’s first UA online course will be covered by the Grant.
Visit ccs.ua.edu/hpou or call 1-866-307-3917.
The University of Charleston (WV) offers three leadership 100% on-line degrees:
- Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership (16 core courses required; we schedule four eight-week courses each semester).
- Master of Science in Strategic Leadership, (12 eight-week courses required including three courses towards a specialization of Business, Project Management, Crisis Leadership or Cyber Security).
- Doctor of Executive Leadership (this degree requires an annual 5-day residency in Charleston WV).
UCWV accepts prior learning credits, including TCOLE and other university courses, which means you do not have to start back at square one for your bachelors’ degree.
Our adult students come from the military (National Guard, Reserves, Active Duty, and Veterans), first responders (police and fire fighters), healthcare and a variety of other industries.
We offer tuition discounts to Texas law enforcement personnel.
For further information contact Dr. Shari Frisinger, UC Texas Representative at 281.992.0517.
Marist College is an independent, private liberal arts institution located on a 240-acre campus in Poughkeepsie NY. Founded in 1929, Marist is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher education.
Marist has maintained academic partnerships with Law Enforcement in New York State for over 20 years, offering tuition benefits for all sworn and retired officers, as well as civilian employees. Marist also extends tuition benefits to adult family members age 22+. In recent years, we have expanded support to include all law enforcement and we now offer the same tuition benefits to the men and women of the Houston Police Department.
Marist offers 5 graduate programs, 2 advanced certificates and 1 bachelors degree completion program 100% online, so we believe we have something to offer every law enforcement agency in the country.
- Special Scholarship for Houston PD employees – 50% off the regular tuition price for the Masters of Public Administration (MPA)- ($425/credit, $16,575 total tuition).
- Officers and employees receive 25% discount of other select Graduate and Adult undergraduate programs.
- The same 25% discount is extended to immediate adult family members age 22+
Qualifying students must be 22 years of age or older upon admission and applying through either Graduate Admission or Adult Undergraduate Admission
A great way to learn about our programs is through one of our virtual information sessions, for a complete list of upcoming sessions please visit
To learn more about our programs please visit:
Graduate programs including the MPA – email firstname.lastname@example.org or,
BA/BS in Liberal Studies bachelor degree completion program
- Patricia burns (email@example.com)
Call 888-877-7900 and ask to speak to an advisor.
Midwestern State University, a fully accredited state-supported university, offers its Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree to law enforcement personnel throughout the Texas. The BAAS has served the law enforcement community for over 20 years and allows police officers to earn a degree by combining previously-earned academic credits, technical, TCOLE certifications, vocational training and work/military experience. Courses can be taken online.
Given the program’s flexibility, students with a minimum of 18 academic credits and 3 years of work experience may be eligible to enter. Midwestern State University also accepts up to 90 academic credits for transfer into the BAAS from accredited universities.
- 12 credits awarded for Basic Law Enforcement Certificate
- 6 credits awarded for Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate
- 6 credits awarded for work experience
- Credits awarded for military experience
- Up to 90 academic credits can be transferred into the program
Dr. Delores Jackson
Phone (940) 397-4721
Fax (940) 397-4918
Ms. Carley Kundert
Phone (940) 397-4744
Fax (940) 397-4918
Phone (940) 397-4400
Fax (940) 397-4918
The graduate program in Criminology leads to the master of arts (MA) degree. The academic goal of the program is to provide students with a comprehensive, in-depth understanding of crime: why it occurs, how it is measured, and how it might be controlled. An additional goal is to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to obtain successful careers within the criminal justice system or advance in their current careers.
Applicants should have a strong undergraduate preparation in the Behavioral Sciences; those with less than 12 upper-level hours are required to take additional undergraduate course work at UHCL.
Application for Admission
Applicants must complete an online university Application for Admission and submit all required fees and documents (transcripts and Graduate Record Exam scores, if needed) directly to the Office of Admissions:
Office of Admissions, University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd. Houston, 77058
IMPORTANT ADMISSION NOTE
Beginning with the Fall 2007 semester, in order to be accepted into a graduate degree plan in the School of Human Sciences and Humanities, applicants must have a minimum of a 3.000 cumulative grade point average (gpa) in their last 60 hours of undergraduate course work. Those applicants who are certain that they meet the minimum cumulative gpa requirement are not required to take the GRE. Students whose cumulative gpa falls below 3.000 may still be considered for admission into a graduate degree program. They must submit scores from the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). To be admitted into degree candidacy in HSH, students must have a minimum score of 2050 using the following formula: (gpa in the last 60 undergraduate hours x 500) + GRE Verbal + GRE Quantitative = 2050 or higher. In order to have adequate time to review applicants’ material, the Application for Admission, transcripts for all prior college course work and GRE scores (if necessary) must be received by the Office of Admissions according to the following deadlines:
- Fall Enrollment – August 1
- Spring Enrollment – December 1
- Summer Enrollment – May
A maximum of 12 graduate credits earned at another institution may be applied toward the M.A. degree if the following requirements are met:
- The course or courses are pertinent to the degree objective and the Plan of Studies.
- The course or courses were taken not more than five years before admission to graduate study at UHCL.
- Grades of “B-” or better were earned; Grades of “C+” and below are not acceptable.
- The course or courses were not applied to a graduate degree already earned.
- The course or courses were not taken by correspondence or extension.
- At least 24 credits of the degree program must be earned at UHCL.
Master of Arts in Criminology
This degree requires 36 semester credit hours with thesis, project or internship, or 39 hours with the course work option.
General Requirements: 15 hours
CRIM 5036 Research Design and Statistics I – 3 hours
CRIM 5037 Research Design and Statistics II – 3 hours
CRIM 5136 Race and Crime – 3 hours
CRIM 5331 Advanced Criminology – 3 hours
CRIM 5536 Law and Society – 3 hours
Two courses selected from the following courses: 6 hours
CRIM 5133 Advanced Juvenile Delinquency
CRIM 5139 Correctional Institutions
CRIM 5338 Criminal Law
CRIM 5432 Sociology of Law Enforcement
Criminology Electives: 9 hours *
(from this list or others approved by faculty)
CRIM 5135 Death Penalty
CRIM 5137 Prevention and Control of Crime
CRIM 5138 Homeland Security
CRIM 5332 White Collar Crime
CRIM 5333 Computer Crime
CRIM 5335 Criminal Justice and Mass Media
CRIM 5339 Comparative Criminology
CRIM 5431 Domestic Violence
CRIM 5433 Serial Murder
CRIM 6734 Future of Crime and Justice
*Any course from the Core list not used for the Core requirement may also be used as an elective.
Choose one: 6 hours
CRIM 6739 Internship
CRIM 6839 Project
CRIM 6939 Thesis
Course work Option:
CRIM 6735 Seminar in Criminology 3 hours
and 15 hours of electives
Dr. Steven Egger
Associate Professor of Criminology
Dr. Everette Penn
Assistant Professor of Criminology
Dr. Steve Rosoff
Associate Professor of Criminology
Dr. Stephen Walters
Associate Professor of Criminology
For more information on UHCL’s Distance Education Programs, contact:
Additional questions may be addressed to:
Advising Office, School of Human Sciences and Humanities
University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX 77058
Masters in Sociology
Sociology is the study of society, social institutions, and human relationships. It is an exciting field with relevance to professionals in a broad range of human service occupations (including law enforcement, government, and non-profit work), as well as individuals pursuing careers in academic sociology and higher education. The Department of Sociology at the University of Houston, Main Campus offers a Master’s Degree program geared towards helping you develop research skills, gain a greater understanding of your social world, and find success in your chosen career.
Once accepted into our program, all students pursuing a Master’s degree are required to take five graduate core seminars: Sociological Theory, Qualitative Research Methods, Quantitative Research Methods, Social Statistics, and Proseminar. Students take an additional five substantive courses to complete their degree, which, depending on student interest and instructor availability, may include classes in the sociology of law, crime and deviance, the sociology of drugs and addiction, race and ethnicity, class and social stratification, the sociology of education, the sociology of gender, sexuality and the body, cultural sociology and more.
For their final Masters project, students may choose between our thesis or internship tracks. Thesis-track students will design and carry out an original research project utilizing methods such as interviews, surveys, media analysis, field observations of social behavior, and statistical data-set analysis. The internship places students in an agency or organization where they can apply their new skills to program evaluation, in-house research, or organizational development. Students who are employed full-time in a relevant agency (such as law enforcement officers and non-profit or social service professionals) may choose to do their internship project at their current place of employment. Regardless of the track you select, your training with us will enable you to develop your “sociological imagination,” which will lead you to a more complex comprehension of society and the people in it, and sharpen your critical thinking abilities. You will also gain the analytical, conceptual, and communication skills necessary for career advancement in a diverse, rapidly globalizing, information-oriented society.
For more information on our program, please contact:
Stella Grigorian, Ph.D.
473 Philip G. Hoffman Hall
Or visit our graduate webpage: http://www.uh.edu/class/sociology/graduate/
Gain the competitive edge you need for a successful career in law enforcement, criminal justice and the legal system by earning your degree at UHV, online or in-person at our instructional site in Katy. As a police officer, you may qualify for the Peace Officer tuition exemption. We have a dedicated veteran to assist our military affiliated students and we offer several scholarships to assist you with completing a bachelor’s degree or starting a graduate degree.
Develop in-depth knowledge and insights into criminal behavior and how crime can be prevented, as well as effective methods for rehabilitation with our B.S. in Criminal Justice. The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice has been ranked as one of the best online criminal justice programs in the nation by the U.S. independent organization TheBestSchools.org.
Students can complete a bachelor’s degree 100% online or at our instructional site in Katy, TX.
Designed to prepare you for career advancement, this online B.S. in Political Science program this program focuses on the research behind political science and how to integrate theoretical understanding of the political world into solutions for real-world problems. This program can be completed fully online as an 8-week FastTrak option.
The Pre-Law option provides you with an in-depth understanding of the theoretical foundations of our legal system and how it relates to the political world. As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for career advancement as well as ready to pursue an advanced law degree. This program can be completed fully online as an 8-week FastTrak option.
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program will prepare you with a foundation in advanced criminal justice studies and the tools necessary to enable you to advance more rapidly in your career. With this degree, you will be prepared for success in a variety of criminal justice careers such as law enforcement, corrections, and social services. This program is offered fully online, which makes it a great option for working professionals, such as our police officers. The program is only 36-credits and can be completed within 2 years and GRE waivers are available.
To apply: https://goapplytexas.org/
For more information on the program, please contact:
Request Information: www.uhv.edu/contact
Call: (281) 396-3808
Visit: 22400 Grand Circle Blvd. Suite 206 – Katy, TX 77449 (Corner of 99 & I-10)
Columbia Southern University celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018. As an innovator in online education, CSU was established in 1993 to provide an alternative to the traditional university experience. CSU offers online associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees such as business administration, criminal justice, homeland security, information technology/cyber security, public administration and emergency management services. Visit ColumbiaSouthern.edu or call (251) 224-0594 to learn more.
A bachelor’s degree in the criminal justice field can open doors to many different types of careers. Get the Criminal Justice degree you need to help land the job you want. Apply Today!
Liberty University is pleased to announce that all Houston Police Department employees are now eligible to receive the following benefits:
- 15% Tuition Discount for online programs*
- Free Transcript Requests
- Evaluation of Life Experience Credit
- Dedicated Admissions Liaison
- Free Subscription to Microsoft Office 365 for up to five devices
*Please note, this discount does not cover any tuition amount already paid by you or your employer and is not stackable with military discounts.
Long Island University offers a unique, fully, online program geared to the working individuals of the law enforcement field. The University gives officers the opportunity to gain an Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management, as well a Masters Degree in Homeland Security Management. The University has offered a 1/3 tuition discount to all active HPOU members, and is an approved reimbursement school from the department.
For further information about their program their website is listed above.
SAVE UP TO 50% ON TUTION
National University, a veteran-founded nonprofit, has partnered with the Houston Police Officers’ Union to provide an affordable, accessible education to public safety professionals like you, who protect and serve our communities every day.
To show our appreciation for the work you do, we have created the Public Safety Promise, which offers you, your spouse and dependents a 25% tuition scholarship on over 75 degree programs. When combined with our Fast Track Scholarship which offers a FREE class for every three classes completed in a six-month period, you can lower the cost of tuition by almost 50%.
National University also provides credit for prior career training programs that could lead to an accelerated graduation. For example:
Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC):
- BS Criminal Justice Administration: 18 quarter units
Questions? Meet one-on-one with Kevin Tarazi, the Public Safety Account Specialist to discuss degree programs and scholarship options.
Why Choose National University?
Our mission is to provide affordable and accessible, higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 180,000 alumni.
- Adult Focused for 50 Years: National University has been dedicated to providing affordable and accessible higher education to hard-working adults since 1971.
- Regionally Accredited: WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) accreditation means your education meets high standards and is transferable.
- Flexible 4-Week Classes: Start sooner and finish faster with four-week classes, monthly start dates, and year-round enrollment.
- Online Courses designed to fit into your busy schedule.
- 75+ Degree Programs: Choose from career-focused associate, bachelor’s, master’s programs, designed to help you pursue your purpose and make an impact in your community.
- The Fast-Track Scholarship: National University is offering students who successfully complete three classes the opportunity to get every fourth class free.
- Veteran-Founded Nonprofit: National University is proud to be recognized as one of the country’s finest private nonprofit universities.
For more information go to NU.EDU/PUBLICSAFETY or contact:
Blessing Oghobaase, Public Safety Specialist
Heidi Jaeger, Director of Partnerships – Texas