Saint Leo: One of the Nation's Top Criminal Justice Universities

As one of the top criminal justice universities in the U.S., Saint Leo is proud to offer many paths to a career in law enforcement. Our undergraduate program, available through traditional classes or online, includes a general track as well as specializations in criminalistics and homeland security. We also offer traditional, accelerated and online graduate programs in criminal justice.

FBI National Academy Associates

In 2009, Saint Leo was approved as an educational partner by the FBI National Academy Associates (FBI NAA). FBI NAA is a nonprofit, international organization, established in 1935, of nearly 18,000 members who are high-ranking law enforcement officers from national and international agencies.

FBI NAA sought recognized institutions that would be able to offer its members high-quality undergraduate and graduate courses and degree programs. The organization elected to promote to its members Saint Leo's practitioner-based programs in criminal justice, which are designed to meet the current and future educational needs of police leaders.

Unmatched Faculty
Our criminal justice professors bring decades of law enforcement experience to the classroom. Led by distinguished department chair Dr. Rande Matteson, our faculty hold the highest levels of postgraduate degrees and have served their country in local, state and federal agencies.

At Saint Leo, you have the unique opportunity to learn law enforcement directly from retired FBI agents, expert witnesses in high-profile investigations, a certified hostage negotiator, a top crime scene technician, a former pilot and an active member of the Florida Bar.

National Field Placements
Field placements are available to all criminal justice students without prior criminal justice-related professional experience. Placements and possible future employment opportunities are offered with agencies such as the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. District Court, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Our Military Heritage
One of the top military universities in the United States, Saint Leo University has been educating criminal justice professionals for more than three decades.

While many U.S. colleges and universities today recognize active military, veterans, and their families as an important student community, Saint Leo University stepped up to serve college courses and degree programs to the military in 1973. In the decades since, Saint Leo University has come to be known as one of America's largest and most committed providers of higher education to the U.S. military. Today, Saint Leo University is ranked among the nation's most military-friendly institutions by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazines.