Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice

Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate In Criminal Justice

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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.  As of fall 2018, current Master of Criminal Justice students may not pursue the Criminal Justice certificate.

This certificate focuses on the development of managerial skills for law enforcement, corrections, and other professionals in the field of criminal justice.

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A Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice consists of four required classes. Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently.  It is possible that pursuing a certificate fully online or fully on campus could take up to two years, depending on course availability.  Find more about upcoming course schedules. For descriptions of courses see the UCCS Academic Catalog.

Required courses include:

  • CJ 5001 Criminal Justice Systems, Policy, and Practice
  • CJ 5002 Criminological Theory

Plus two of the following courses:

  • CJ 5005 - Law and Society
  • CJ 5007 - Violence
  • CJ 5008 - Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class
  • CJ 5009 - Crime and Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • CJ 5010 - Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety
  • CJ 5100 - Administration of Criminal Justice
  • CJ 5220 - American Jury System
  • CJ 5391 - Sex Offenders and Offenses
  • CJ 5410 - Victim Studies
  • CJ 5430 - Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime
  • CJ 5510 - Contemporary Issues in Policing
  • CJ 5520 - Corrections
  • CJ 5552 - Criminal Justice Ethics
  • CJ 5553 - Women and Crime
  • CJ 6200 - Wrongful Convictions

Current UCCS students in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) may take these courses and earn the certificate in addition to the MPA as part of their degree plan. Students who complete the courses within the certificate with a "B" or better may apply the courses to the MPA degree, if admitted.  Only courses taken within six years prior to graduation may be applied to the degree.  Current students must submit a Certificate Declaration to spa@uccs.edu.

New students interested in pursuing a graduate certificate must complete the online graduate application, select their intended certificate and pay the $60 application fee.  An official transcript showing the undergraduate degree conferred should be sent to UCCS Admissions, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, or electronically to gradapp@uccs.edu.


Gainful Employment

This certificate program meets Department of Education regulations for gainful employment programs; students are eligible to apply for financial aid.

Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires us to provide information about each of our certificates. Read Disclosure on Criminal Justice.