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The field of criminal justice is both diverse and vital to a well-functioning society. The Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice offers current and aspiring professionals in the field an opportunity to develop and enhance problem-solving, managerial and leadership skills in the criminal justice context and their chances for career advancement.

Students in this program will engage with dedicated faculty and practitioners in a stimulating university environment. This program offers an interim step between completion of an undergraduate degree and entering a graduate program. The Certificate is an important credential for persons pursuing a career in criminal justice.

Course Curriculum

A Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice consists of four required classes.
Required courses include:
  • CJ 5001 Criminal Justice Systems, Policies & Practices
  • CJ 5002 Criminological Theory
PLUS two of the following courses:
  • CJ 5005 Law & Society
  • CJ 5410 Victim Studies
  • CJ 5420 Violence in Society
  • CJ 5552 Criminal Justice Ethics
  • CJ 5560 Comparative Criminal Justice
  • CJ 5571 Social Organization of Crime
  • CJ 5572 Race, Crime and Justice
  • CJ 5573 Organized Crime
  • CJ 5574 White Collar Crime

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Gainful Employment Certificate

Gainful Employment Programs are standalone Title IV-eligible Certificate Programs. Title IV Programs are eligible for Federal Student Aid Grants, Federal Student Aid Loans or Federal Student Aid Work-Study.

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