2024-2025 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Official Certificate Program in Victim's Advocacy

This certificate is designed for criminal justice professionals currently working in the field, specifically those who work with victims and in victims’ advocacy organizations. The program covers relevant theory and practice relating to victims and their experiences in the Criminal Justice System. Relevant topics covered in the certificate programming include domestic violence, mental health, victimization, women’s issues, and hate crimes. Courses from the Certificate Program can be applied towards the M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration. The Victim’s Advocacy Certificate requires students to complete 12 credit hours.


Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Official Certificate Program in Victim's Advocacy 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)

Program Electives

Students must choose from the courses listed here:
CJ 531Women and Criminal Behavior


CJ 532Domestic Violence


CJ 537Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System


CJ 538Victimization & The Criminal Justice System


CJ 541Hate Crimes: Prevention & Advocacy


CJ 578Special Topics in Criminal Justice


Total Credit Hours: 12