Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Online Graduate Certificate

About Criminal Justice

Prepare to start - or advance in - law enforcement or criminal justice fields.

Advance your knowledge to fully engage in the legal and justice system in American communities. The graduate certificate in criminal justice at California University of Pennsylvania offers a cost-effective way to build career skills.    

The graduate certificate program at Cal U provides a core foundation for understanding the intersection of legal and policy issues related to criminal justice. The certificate can be earned as a standalone credential or as part of the master's degree program in legal studies. 

Build skills to expand your career potential.   

  • Choose our fully online graduate certificate program for access to recognized faculty experts in Pennsylvania and across the country who have practical experience and knowledge in their teaching topics.
  • Earn your graduate certificate in just 12 months to begin a new career or prepare for advancement in your current employment.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Core Topics
Your study of criminal justice will include courses that focus on financial investigations, criminal justice organization and management, justice studies, sexual assault investigations, and the law and police process. 

Solid Foundation
To learn criminal justice fundamentals, students study command-level problems and trends in criminal justice organizations and their management, including functional concepts of the administrative process as well as the principles of organizing, controlling, planning and leadership relating to criminal justice agencies. 

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Certificate Benefits

The criminal justice graduate certificate ensures interdisciplinary study of the functions and processes of the American justice system. In the Seminar in Justice Studies course, criminal justice certificate students can choose research topics relevant to their current employment. For instance, police officers enrolled in the certificate program focused on specific police policies and presented solutions in their white papers.

 
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Graduate Outcomes

Earning a graduate certificate in criminal justice at Cal U is a cost-efficient way for professionals in law enforcement, the court systems and related areas to enhance their resumes and broaden career opportunities. 

 

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Career network

Cal U students study with many types of practitioners. Graduate certificate students are from law enforcement, the police, corrections, investigations, human services and more. Faculty and students in your certificate program become valuable career contacts and colleagues.    

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Professional resource

The Institute for Law and Public Policy at Cal U offers degree and certificate programs, as well as professional development and training opportunities for a wide range of professionals in southwestern Pennsylvania region.

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Degree option

The master's degree in legal studies with a concentration in criminal justice ensures interdisciplinary study of the functions and processes of the American justice system. Because this graduate degree program blends courses in the fields of humanities, business and political science with the legal and policy issues related to criminal justice, Cal U graduates are ready to start or advance in the legal and justice system in policing, law, corrections, investigations and human services.

Criminal Justice Certificate Courses

This graduate certificate program prepares practitioners to contribute effectively to the advancement of the legal and justice systems.

Curriculum

 

Course Credits
LAW 605 Law and Police Process 3
PCJ 747 Financial Investigations 3
PCJ 748 Criminal Justice Organization and Management 3
PCJ 749 Seminar in Justice Studies 3
PCJ 750 Sexual Assault Investigations 3
Total 15
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Global Online Applicants


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Resume with contact information for three professional references with an overview of professional work experience
    • 500-word essay supporting the application

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:
Email: legalstudiesonline@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

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Online Master of Science (M.S.)

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Criminal Justice Graduate Certificate Program Faculty

Larry Bassi
Instructor

bassi@calu.edu

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Jeffrey Davidson
Instructor

davidson@calu.edu

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Kevin Govern, J.D., LL.M.
Instructor

govern@calu.edu

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Brian Kohlhepp, M.A.
Adjunct Faculty

kohlhepp@calu.edu

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William Morgan, J.D.
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David Smith, M.S., M.A., J.D.
Instructor

smith_d@calu.edu

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Dr. Christina A. Toras, J.D., M.A.
Professor, Director of the Institute for Law and Public Policy

toras@calu.edu

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Michael Vennum, J.D.
Instructor

vennum@calu.edu

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Dr. Karl Williams, M.D., M.P.H.
Instructor

williams_k@calu.edu

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