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Criminal Justice

Certificate Program

The Criminal Justice Certificate Program provides an opportunity for students interested in criminal justice to gain a broad overview of the field by incorporating a basic introduction of the criminal justice system, criminal law, policing, crime prevention, corrections, and victimology. Courses provide a foundational knowledge in each facet of the criminal justice system, and prepare students to access information and develop creative solutions to crime-related concerns.

Program Format

Courses for this certificate are offered in a Saturday-Hybrid format (in-class and online).

All courses may be applied to the Criminal Justice Baccalaureate Degree (if completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher).

Program Objectives

Students seeking to enter, or already involved in, the criminal justice field will become well-rounded justice professionals by gaining foundational knowledge across the entire criminal justice field, rather than in just one aspect of the justice system. For example, students already working in policing can gain valuable information to apply for promotion by learning about the needs faced by crime victims, recent crime prevention innovations, or the impact of correctional changes on overall community safety.

Who Should Attend

This program benefits working professionals seeking a career change, criminal justice professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge to other aspects of the field, and reentering military veterans seeking introduction to a field that can utilize their specialized skills.

This certificate is also for students who are interested in the criminal justice field and seek careers as:

  • Animal Cruelty Investigator
  • Bailiff
  • Border Patrol
  • CIA Agent
  • Community Based Corrections Professional
  • Consumer Affairs Director
  • Corrections Officer
  • Court Clerk
  • Crime Analyst
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Deputy Insurance Commissioner
  • Detective
  • Drug Court Professional
  • Equal Opportunity Representative
  • FBI Agent
  • Group Worker
  • Highway Patrol
  • Insurance Investigator
  • Investigator
  • Juvenile Probation Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Loss Prevention Officer
  • Marshal
  • Parole Officer
  • Park Ranger
  • Police Administrator
  • Police Officer
  • Postal Investigator
  • Probation Officer
  • Security Operations Manager
  • Sheriff
  • Social Worker
  • Victim Advocate
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Officer
  • Youth Worker

Program Highlights

Type of degree conferred: Certificate
Number of courses: 5 courses
Program length: 2 - 5 quarters
Tuition costs (estimated): $956 per course ($4,780 for the certificate)
(Tuition fees are subject to change at any time)