SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Earning a criminal justice degree for San Diego law enforcement got a lot easier Wednesday.
Chris Graham, Vice Chancellor at National University says if you’ve already gone through the police academy, you can get your criminal justice degree much faster and cheaper.
Graham told 10News that the university does this by stacking the training onto the bachelors program, which then waves up to 40 percent of the time to complete the degree.
In many cases, the degrees can help officers get promoted to the next level.
“Having your 4-year degree is something that's extremely important as you move through the career, but also just again that continued growth as a person, this is something affords you to do,” said San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit.
Nisleit says the program could help with recruitment and that the department is already seeing a lot of interest from his officers.
“I think it's refreshing that all of the work they've done out in the police academy is actually worth academic credit for them,” Nisleit added.
The program is cut down to 10 courses, meaning officers can get out in less than a year and only pay about $12,000 total.
Officers can also save 25 percent on their tuition through a scholarship that’s offered.
So far, National University says about 70 local officers have joined the program.