"Change is inevitable; you can resist it, or embrace it. By continuing my education I chose to embrace it and help champion the positive changes taking place within the Judicial System."
-Leif Strunk, Supervisor, Fourth Judicial District Probation Department
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
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.
A Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice consists of four required classes. For descriptions of courses, 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) and Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) students may take these courses and earn the certificate in addition to the MPA or MCJ as part of their degree plan. Students who complete the certificate only may apply these courses to the MPA or MCJ degree if admitted. However, only courses taken within six years prior to the semester of 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.
Current MPA or MCJ students must submit a Certificate Declaration to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students not currently admitted to the MPA or MCJ degree program must apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student, and submit official transcripts and a $50 application fee to the UCCS Office of Admissions.
*Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently. It is recommended that if you prefer either all online or all on campus courses, you speak with the School of Public Affairs before applying. Upcoming course schedules are available here.
Gainful Employment Disclosures:
The U.S. Department of Education requires us to provide information about each of our certificates. Read Disclosure on Criminal Justice.