Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice

Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate In Criminal Justice

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The field of criminology and criminal justice draws on diverse perspectives to explore the nature, extent, management, control, consequences, and prevention of crime and violence. The Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice offers current and aspiring professionals the opportunity to develop and enhance research and critical thinking skills, problem solving, and managerial and leadership skills to pursue positions in a variety of criminal justice settings, as well as government, research, and private nonprofit agencies.

Admission to this certificate program requires a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better. As of fall 2018, current Master of Criminal Justice students may not pursue the Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice.

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The certificate consists of four courses totaling 12 credit hours of graduate coursework. A grade of B- or better is required in each course counting toward the certificate. 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

  • 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 count Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice courses completed with a grade of B- or better toward the degree's elective requirement, allowing students to complete the certificate in addition to the MPA as part of their degree plan. 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.

Graduate certificate students may also become interested in enrolling in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) program. Up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level School of Public Affairs coursework completed with a grade of B or better as an unclassified (non-degree) student may be applied to the MPA or MCJ upon admission. Only courses taken within six years prior to graduation may be applied to a graduate degree.


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.