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Criminal Justice Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in
Criminal Justice

Earning a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice is an optimal way to move up the rank and file in your current career. Our nationally accredited program focuses on a variety of topics that include public policy, ethics and justice, as well as criminology.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Lessons & Exams
  • Program Length:8 to 16 Months

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$34 Per Month

  What You'll Learn

Our Criminal Justice Graduate Certificate program contains 5 courses that include a mandatory orientation class and 4 electives of your selection. Choose from courses in organizational management, criminal law and procedure or national and state security. You’ll also study:

  • Theories of criminal behavior
  • Historical roots of criminal thought
  • Causes and trends of global terrorism
  • Principles of criminal law
  • Criminal justice in practice across the globe

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Required Course

MJ600 - Orientation  

This non-credit orientation is a foundation-building experience that introduces and refreshes the skills necessary for success in your Graduate Certificate Program. You'll learn how to navigate ProQuest, Ashworth College's online library, and review the distinguishing characteristics of academic journals and other publications. Internet research skills are polished enabling you to identify credible and unbiased Web sites for your research. Emphasis is placed on submission requirements, project structures, and writing formats used throughout your coursework, and APA writing style. The final portion of this course provides you the opportunity to research and explore the various career fields in the world of Criminal Justice.


MJ601 - Survey of Criminal Justice  

This course presents an advanced overview of the organization and operation of the criminal justice system in the United States. The purpose and function of the system in apprehending offenders, the prosecution of offenders, and the punishment of offenders is reviewed. Other important criminal justice issues, such as theories of criminal behavior, measurement of crime and assessment of crime statistics, trends in criminal behavior, management of criminal behavior in the United States, and special topics such as juvenile delinquency, comparative criminology, technology and crime, and terrorism are also covered.
Credit Hours: 3

MJ602 - Public Policy and Criminal Justice  

This course examines policy making in the context of the criminal justice system. The relationship among law, politics, and policy in determining the degree and allocation of resources toward problem resolution is studied. The functioning of the subunits of the criminal justice system, i.e., police, courts, and corrections, is assessed, both within the criminal justice system and their respective milieus. Lingering and evolving issues, such as racism and terrorism, and the best approaches for addressing them are also explored.
Credit Hours: 3

MJ620 - Criminology  

Criminology is a study in the causation of criminal behavior. The basic question addressed is "What causes criminality?" The history of criminological thought is examined. Among the topics explored are various schools of thought about criminal behavior, the biological roots of criminal behavior, and the three main types of theories of criminal behavior. This course also addresses criminal statistics and the methods that criminologists use in conducting research. Discussions of crimes against the person, crimes against property, white-collar crimes, organized crimes, and drug crimes are included.
Credit Hours: 3

MJ650 - Criminal Law and Procedure  

In this course, current critical issues in criminal law and procedure are addressed. Emphasis is placed on the significance of recent judicial decisions to criminal law and procedure. The principles of criminal law and procedure are examined, including the general principles of substantive criminal law, due process requirements, punishments, criminal responsibility, and the procedural requirements for judicial processing of criminal offenders.
Credit Hours: 3

MJ661 - Organizational Management  

This course provides a theoretical and practical overview of management theories and their application to the workplace dynamics of individuals, teams, and intra- and inter-organizational relationships within the criminal justice system. Insight into the unique and difficult issues facing law enforcement leaders and the move from the traditional police department to “community policing” are presented.
Credit Hours: 3

MJ665 - Survey Research: Victims and the Community  

This course provides a practical introduction to survey research. Survey research will be covered in the order in which a survey is conducted: survey plan, design, instrumentation, data collection, processing, interpretation, and survey reporting. Research methods in the criminal justice environment are explored. A survey research project, focusing on victims of crime or communities and crime, is assigned.
Credit Hours: 3

MJ675 - Investigating Difference  

Investigating Difference is an introduction to the broader field of comparative criminology. Comparative criminology seeks to expand our knowledge of crime and criminality by contrasting and comparing the theory and practice of criminology and criminal justice between various cultures and societies and among the various subgroups within societies. In any society, it is imperative to have a basic knowledge of how geography, population, and history interact with the cultural values held in that society and to understand how this combination affects behavior patterns in business, crime, leisure, politics, and other life activities of that society.
Credit Hours: 3

MS640 - Security: Home and Country  

Terrorism has emerged as a major threat to America and its way of life. This course provides an overview of global terrorism in the 21st century and examines the difficulties associated with defining terrorism, understanding its causes, and developing appropriate models for intervention. Focus is on the problem terrorism creates for the law enforcement community. Among the topics addressed are: definitions, typologies, profiles, networking, types of terrorism, domestic and international intelligence, weapons of mass destruction, homeland security.
Credit Hours: 3

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  What You Get

We provide the textbooks and learning materials you’ll need to study criminal justice online as a part of tuition costs. Our affordable, zero interest monthly tuition payments make realizing your education goals easy.

The flexibility of online study allows you to move at your own pace, and when you need help, our academic advisors and student help desk are willing to lend a hand. Each program includes:

  • Textbooks and study materials
  • Online lessons and open-book exams
  • Instructor guidance
  • Academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
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Graduates of our Criminal Justice Certificate program receive a beautifully presented diploma and are eligible for a variety of employment services. They also receive an invitation to participate in our annual graduation ceremony where they can share earning a graduate certificate in Criminal Justice with friends and family.

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Choose education on your terms. Start our Criminal Justice Graduate Certificate program today! Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.