State Regulations

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Although it is not a requirement that applicants to Ohio Police Academies have a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice, many applicants have pursued higher education or pursue a degree once hired as a peace officer. To become a fish and game warden or an FBI or DEA agent, applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Applicants to the FBI also must have three years’ experience in law enforcement.


Minimum Requirements to Become a Police Officer in Ohio

  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • 21 years of age or older
  • U.S. citizen
  • No felony convictions
  • Ohio residency (state trooper)
  • Physical fitness and stamina
  • Mental fitness
  • Reading and writing skills


Every state has authority to regulate institutions offering education within the state’s boundaries, including online/distance learning. The need for an institution to seek state authorization for distance learning depends on a combination of the state’s laws and the activities that the program/institution is conducting in that state. Review the Key Considerations regarding state authorization for online programs.

The University of Cincinnati has been approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) initiative. Participation in SARA provides the University with reciprocity to offer online/distance learning programs to residents of other SARA states (except where noted below). Additional information regarding SARA can be found at NC-SARA.

For specific information regarding state authorization or to find out which University of Cincinnati online programs are available in your state, visit the Distance Learning & Outreach State Authorization page.