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.  Upcoming course schedules are available here

For descriptions of courses, or for requirements under previous catalogs, see 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

Courses may be offered in the classroom or online. Students are not required to apply to a degree program to take these courses but must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Students must earn grades of "B-" or better in each course counted toward a certificate.

Current Master of Public Administration (MPA) students 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. 

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

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.

Current UCCS graduate students must submit a Certificate Declaration to spa@uccs.edu.

Upon successful completion of the courses within the declared certificate, students must complete the "SPA Application for Certificate Completion" through their student portal.   The certificate will then be annotated on the transcript, and a printed certificate will be mailed to the student.  Students who wish to pursue a master's degree during or after completing the certificate program simply follow normal application procedures.


Gainful Employment Disclosures:

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