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University of Phoenix partners with FBINAA to help its graduates earn degrees

University of Phoenix educational partnership with FBINAA

The University of Phoenix College of Criminal Justice and Security has teamed up with FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA), a nonprofit leader in criminal justice administration training. The two organizations have been education partners since June 2011, but a recent change to that alliance is helping FBINAA alumni make the transition into bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Now all graduates of the FBI National Academy who are current members can transfer 12 credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and nine credits toward a Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security — both of which are available online and at local campuses.

This addition to the education partnership allows National Academy graduates to obtain a college degree — a requirement for most leadership positions — in a faster and more cost-effective way. It also allows them to build upon their training.

The FBINAA, which is not affiliated with the FBI, is led by President Dianne Scanga, a University of Phoenix graduate. It was founded in 1935 and is made up of 16,000 senior law enforcement officials who have completed the FBI National Academy’s training program.

James Ness, dean of the College of Criminal Justice and Security, says he thinks the two programs align nicely: “The National Academy’s management-focused curriculum fits right in with what students will learn in their University coursework.”


The use of the phrase education partner or education partnership is for marketing purposes only and is not intended to create a legal partnership.

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