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College of Psychology and Community Services:
Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice

In this certificate program, students focus their understanding of key issues confronting the American criminal justice system, as well as policy analysis and the contemporary decision-making models. This certificate is designed for criminal justice professionals in policing, the courts, corrections, security, and associated support agencies.

Students must meet the master’s program admission requirements. Credit from courses taken for a certificate can be applied toward the MS in Criminal Justice or the MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management.

Students must show progress and maintain performance in a manner identical to a degree program. Students track their progress in their program of study, similar to degree-seeking students. Students must receive a B or better in each course. Note: A grade of B– is not acceptable.

Certificate Requirements

  • 18 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 credits)
  • Core courses (15 credits)


Foundation Course (3 credits)

Certificate Courses (15 credits)

  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credits
Quarter 1
CRJS 6002 - Foundations of Graduate Study
3 credits
CRJS 6137 - The Nature of Crime and Criminology
5 credits
Quarter 2
CRJS 6215 - Controversies in Criminal Justice
5 credits
CRJS 6217 - Technological Solutions and 21st-Century Crime
5 credits