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Program Description
The Criminal Justice Leadership and Administration Certificate caters to law enforcement and other professionals pursuing, working in, or considering a return to the field of criminal justice.  The certificate provides graduate level education focused on the unique responsibilities and challenges of leaders and emerging leaders. The program is designed to provide leadership tools that contribute to the career success and wholeness of the student.  The program incorporates the successes and flaws of previous leaders through case studies, discussions, and research.  Students will have the opportunity to explore rationalizations/justifications for unethical behaviors and assess proper ethical decision-making techniques. This interdisciplinary certificate incorporates courses from many of our graduate programs including business (MBA), emergency management, justice administration, public administration (MPA), psychology and criminal justice. 
For students without a prior graduate degree, the courses in this certificate will be accepted into our Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program. Those within Master’s program can incorporate this certificate as an area of concentration.
Admission Requirements
Applicants should follow the general procedures for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
Learning outcomes
  1. Develop and demonstrate an understanding of past successes and failures in the administration of law enforcement services.
  2. Identify, compare, and contrast the leadership styles and effectiveness of historical and current law enforcement leaders.
  3. Explore and make use of stress reduction skills targeted for police – including (but not limited to) meditation, prayer, and Qi Gong - for keeping police well and productive.
  4. Evaluate and propose models
  5. Apply theoretical knowledge to practical problems and situations and assess their ethical and moral implications
  6. Comprehend and analyze the organization, and sociology of law enforcement
  7. Demonstrate leadership skills that embody a commitment to diversity, social justice, and civic responsibility.
  8. Analyze the larger context in which the criminal justice system exists and the implications of its close ties to social, practical, global and economic forces
Certificate Requirements
The Certificate in Criminal Justice Leadership and Administration is a 12-15 credit program.  Students who have not taken BUS 622/MPA 503 Leadership will be required to do so as a pre- or co-requisite.  Some students may be waived from that course depending on prior education and work experience.
(All course descriptions are listed in the 2016-2017 course catalog)
Required Courses:
  • CRJ 806 Ethics and Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 822 Criminal Justice and Public Policy
  • CRJ 798 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (Seminar in Criminal Justice Leadership)
One Elective from the following list:
  • BUS 611 Non-Profit/Government Accounting
  • BUS 936 Budget Preparation: Non-Profit
  • CRJ 912/BUS 912 Grantsmanship–Research, Writing, and Relationships
  • US 629 Labor-Management Relations
  • MPA 604 Strategic Planning for Public Managers
  • JAD 840 Justice Administration
  • PSM 601 Professional Government Management
  • PSY 736 Multicultural Counseling
  • EPR 601Essentials of Emergency Management
  • JAD 821 Community Partnerships
  • CRJ 630 Directed Study
  • JAD 711 Special Topics in Justice Administration
  • PSM 511 Special Topics in Public Administration
  • or as approved by the Director
Career Opportunities:
The program is ideal for those seeking career advancement and personal and professional growth and development.