To become a New York City Police Officer, you must have 60 college credits (with a least a 2.0 GPA) from an accredited college or university. The only exception to this requirement is if you have completed two years active military service.

The New York City Police Department accepts college credits from universities or colleges accredited by the following agencies:

U.S. Department of Education

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Distance Education and Training Council

If you do not have the college credits necessary to meet the minimum requirement and are not enrolled in a college or university, we recommend clicking the links below to find information and resources that will assist you in acquiring the college credits needed to become one of New York's Finest. Also, it is important to understand all of your options when it comes to paying college tuition and expenses. Many of these sites can help you get the latest information about college costs, scholarships, financial aid applications, education loans, and college financing.

Non-traditional Education Resources

Education for Adults

AOL Research (On-line Campus)

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

Emergency Management Institute/ FEMA

College credits for FEMA courses

Excelsior College

Empire State College

City University of New York

American Military Univeristy

DISCLAIMER: The New York City Police Department does not have any interest in any accredited college or university. Furthermore, this education guide is not meant to be a complete listing of education resources, nor are we endorsing the websites or advertisers linked to this guide. Unless otherwise indicated, we are not responsible for any opinions or comments expressed here.