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2014-2015 Graduate Bulletin 
2014-2015 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice Graduate Certificate

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The School of Criminal Justice offers a graduate certificate geared toward working professionals who want to further their careers and develop a better understanding of both enduring and contemporary issues in the American justice system. It is intended to expand existing knowledge about the criminal justice system into a more comprehensive practical and theoretical framework that will aid students in both their academic and professional endeavors. The certificate is available to students who have completed at least a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology or a closely-related discipline.

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must possess an earned baccalaureate degree in criminal justice, criminology or closely related discipline emphasizing a well-rounded understanding of the American criminal justice system.
  2. Applicants must submit their application for admission to the graduate certificate program and a transcript to the Graduate School. Additionally, students not seeking a degree must complete and submit an "Approval for Non-Degree Enrollment in a Graduate Course" form to the Dean of the Graduate School. The School of Criminal Justice Graduate Admissions Committee makes an admission decision based upon evidence of  1) holding, at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice, criminology or closely related discipline from an institution approved by a recognized accrediting agency, 2) a GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or at least five years of professional experience in a criminal justice agency.

Program Requirements

  • The student shall complete 15 hours with a grade of B or better in each course from the specified course list below.
  • The student may repeat a class only one time if he/she earned less than a grade of "B".
  • The student shall complete certificate requirements within five years from the semester of first enrollment.
  • The student may transfer in up to three (3) hours of graduate credit in criminal justice from another accredited institution with prior approval from the Graduate Admissions Committee.


The graduate certificate requires successful completion of 15 hours of graduate course work to include the following 5 mandatory courses:

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