New Graduate Certificate Available in Criminal Justice

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The College of Criminal Justice is introducing an online Graduate Certificate Program this spring to help professionals in the field with career advancement.

The Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management is designed for working professionals in law enforcement, corrections and victim services to assist with professional growth and career development. The 18-hour program is structured so it can be completed in a year, and it can be applied toward a Master’s degree in the future.

“The certificate program caters to students who may not be in the position to pursue a Master of Science degree but want to start working towards that goal,” said Dr. Phillip Lyons, Director of the Division of Professional Justice Studies. “Other students may be working professionals looking to advance their career and could be eligible for a raise or promotion after completing the program.”

Three uniformed officers stand in the squad room.Delivered in seven-and-a-half week sessions, the certificate includes only two required courses – Critical Analysis of Justice Administration and Seminars in Organization and Administration – and four elective classes. Students can focuses on legal aspects, leadership psychology, research methods and development, computer and technology applications, program evaluation, corrections and policing, to name a few.

The certificate is the latest online offering by the College of Criminal Justice for both Bachelor and Master’s degrees. The courses are led by the College’s international-known faculty, who have recently been recognized as the fourth most productive researchers in the field.

Tess Johnson, Director of Online Programs at the College of Criminal Justice, says the college has put an emphasis on the quality of their online degree program.

Photo of professor teaching, with computer featuring a world map in the foreground.“I think our courses are very interactive, and our faculty is comprised of professionals who are experts in their field and bring a great deal of real-world experience,” said Johnson. “The courses are dynamic, and we have faculty who provide lectures and videos into the online classroom and make the most of technology.”

The College also offers an online Bachelor of Science upon completion of an Associate’s degree and two options for graduate students, including a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management.

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