2024-2025 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Official Certificate Program in Criminal Justice Leadership

This certificate is designed for criminal justice professionals currently working in the field. The program covers relevant theory and practice relating to criminal justice leadership, including the interpretation and evaluation of research, management of criminal justice employees, development of criminal justice organizations, and implementation of program policy. Graduates will learn the fundamental principles and methods needed to effectively lead in criminal justice and related organizations. Courses from the Certificate Program can be applied towards the M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration.


Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Official Certificate Program in Criminal Justice Leadership must have a BA/BS from an accredited institution of higher education, at least 3 years of work experience in Criminal Justice or a related field, and an overall GPA of 2.7 or better. Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may be considered, at the discretion of the Department, for admission with additional documentation speaking to their experience in the field and potential for success in the program.


Certificate Requirements (12 Credits)

Required Course (3 credits)

CJ 571Applied Research and Data Interpretation


Program Electives (9 credits)

CJ 573Managing Criminal Justice Employees


CJ 574Effective Criminal Justice Leadership


CJ 575Developing Criminal Justice Organizations


CJ 580Criminal Justice Policy Implementation and Effectiveness


Students may choose from these courses.

Total Credit Hours: 12