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Criminal Justice, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)

Gordon, Dr. Jill A.
Program Chair
(804) 827-0901

Admission requirements summary

Criminal Justice, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)

of entry:


Apr 1
Oct 1


The Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Criminal Justice program offers an abbreviated graduate-level course sequence of 15 credit hours for individuals with an academic and/or professional background in criminal justice.

This certificate program offers specialization for individuals interested or involved in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice or the courts. It combines survey and theory courses with research, management and policy courses on the justice system. The courses in the Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Criminal Justice program are the same as the master’s courses and, with grades of B or better and upon acceptance into the master’s degree program, are fully transferable to the Master of Science program.

Student learning outcomes


Five courses are required for the certificate, as specified in the chart that follows. To receive the certificate the student must achieve a B average in the five courses with no more than one C grade and complete the 15-hour certificate program within three years.

CRJS 501 Principles of Criminal Justice 3
CRJS/GVPA 623 Research Methods for Government and Public Affairs 3
Select three from the following courses: 9
  CRJS 550 Professional Ethics and Liability  
  CRJS 616 Justice Policies and Administration  
  CRJS 620/SOCY 620 Seminar in Criminology  
  CRJS 641 Jurisprudence  
  Graduate elective  



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