Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice (Graduate Certificate)

Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice (Graduate Certificate)

Are you a professional serving in law enforcement who is interested in issues of leadership and ethics in criminal justice?

Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice (Graduate Certificate)

Are you interested in a pathway to a graduate degree in the field of criminal justice?

Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice (Graduate Certificate)

Are you ready to take your career to the next step and make an even greater difference in the world?

We are excited to announce the launch of a new graduate certificate in Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice and are accepting applications for Spring 2022.

We have all seen increasing calls for more leadership in law enforcement and criminal justice. Every day, criminal justice professionals face high-stakes, emotionally-charged situations—with one misstep potentially leading to devastating consequences. Organizations from the International Association of Chiefs of Police to the FBI have issued calls for increased training to help face these situations, particularly for first-responders and others who are in close, high-stakes, intense situations.

The courses included in this certificate are designed to help leaders become more innovative while helping departments and officers build community-police relations.

This certificate is the start of a pair of stackable certificates that will provide law enforcement professionals with a pathway to a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

Graduates who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Utilize cutting-edge research on leadership to lead their departments and serve diverse communities;
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of solutions to problems related to the administration of criminal justice;
  • Analyze and articulate the impact of ethical issues related to the administration of justice on diverse populations;
  • Effectively communicate issues related to criminal justice in an inclusive manner to diverse audiences.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the University wide requirements for graduate admission, applicants must submit:

  • Official transcripts of all postsecondary education showing a GPA of 3.0 or higher from an undergraduate program at an accredited institution OR 1 year of law enforcement experience
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Personal statement (approx. 500 words) describing your background and motivation for entering this field, as well as  your rationale for applying this program

Courses at a Glance

Two courses will be offered in Fall and Spring semesters.

Fall Semester

  • Criminal Justice Politics and Policy Analysis
  • Research Methods

Spring Semester

  • Ethics and the Criminal Justice System
  • Leadership in Criminal Justice

Participants are encouraged to attend classes in person, however the option to attend remotely via Zoom will be available.

Course Descriptions

More detailed information on each course is contained in the following descriptions.

CJ 501 Politics and Policy Analysis for Criminal Justice

Provides an in-depth examination of current crime policies — their foundations, political influences, and consequences — and provides students with policy analysis tools, so they can become practitioners and consumers of evaluation research in criminal justice. (3 credits)

CJ504 Research Methods 

Provides an introduction to the basic methods, techniques, and procedures of social science research. Qualitative and quantitative methods, such as survey research, experiments, observational/field work, program evaluation, and interview approaches appropriate to the study of criminal justice will be examined. The course also addresses methods of inquiry, causality, sampling, research instrument design, data collection, coding, ethics, and statistics. (3 credits)

CJ505 Ethics and the Criminal Justice System 

This course will examine the complexities of the ethics in decision making at all points in the administration of justice.  This will provide a survey of ethical issues from the creation of laws and penalties in contemporary society, the enforcement of law, and punishment, to re-entry.  This course will examine inequality at various points in the criminal justice system and will use case studies and relevant research to assess the need for changes in the American criminal justice system. This course will also incorporate discussion panels with leaders and practitioners from the field.  (3 credits)

CJ512 Leadership in Criminal Justice

This course will focus on the administration and management of criminal justice agencies. Leadership styles and characteristics will be examined.  What makes a good leader in law enforcement and/or criminal justice agency? What skills are most important? Consideration will also be given to the system in which criminal justice leaders operate. How do leaders accomplish agendas, promote change, and enforce policy while maintaining relationships in the community? This course will look at criminal justice organizations and will involve case studies and leadership seminars with current leaders in the field. Budgeting and long-range planning as well as human resource management are examined. The student will also study and analyze the development of various criminal justice agency policies and procedures. Emphasis will also be placed on contemporary issues faced by criminal justice agencies. (3 credits)