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Online Criminal Justice graduate program curriculum

Combining hands-on activities with independent research projects, our online Criminal Justice graduate program curriculum is designed for the real world. You’ll explore electives that fit your career goals—from criminology to national security—and graduate with skills that are highly valued by criminal justice employers across the nation.

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.

Course electives

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

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Your Criminal Justice Graduate Certificate will be a strong asset for your resume. But our career-focused programs aren’t the only things that help Ashworth College grads stand out from the crowd. You will also have full access to our exclusive range of Career Tools. That includes personalized career guidance and one-on-one interview coaching to help you seize any opportunity to succeed. With The Ashworth EDGE, you’ll also have the opportunity to build your personal brand and enhance your job search using the latest digital platforms.

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Graduate Certificate programs provide specialized knowledge within a focused discipline at the graduate level. Start with an orientation followed by four elective courses for a customized program of study. Graduates may apply credit, equivalent to a semester, toward a corresponding Master’s Degree at Ashworth College.

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