The challenges facing criminal justice professionals can change on a daily basis, but finding the time to expand both your knowledge and skills can be difficult at best. The OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies has created a pair of new graduate certificates that can provide you with advanced skills and information without the commitment of applying to a graduate degree program.
Our Criminal Justice Administration Graduate Certificate and Drug Policy Management Graduate Certificate are both 12-hour programs that can be completed 100% online or in a hybrid format. Courses are 16 weeks long during the spring and fall semesters and eight weeks long in the summer.
Courses in our Criminal Justice Administration program focus on leadership and decision-making as it relates to the law enforcement and corrections fields, as well as program and policy development skills required of contemporary criminal justice administrators. Courses in the Drug Policy Management program emphasize policy development within the rapidly evolving field of drug enforcement, offender diversion, decriminalization and treatment.
Most students take two courses in the spring and fall semesters and one course in the summer, but you can discuss course load options with your academic advisor.
Regardless of which certificate program you choose, here are a few things you’ll need to know:
If you have earned a bachelor’s degree, you can apply for direct admission to the Criminal Justice Administration Graduate Certificate program or the Drug Policy Management Graduate Certificate program. You can also complete either certificate while enrolled in a graduate degree program. Credit hours used to complete a certificate program can be applied to an OU graduate degree.
If you apply for admission to one of the certificate programs, the admission requirements and process are the same as degree-seeking students, but you cannot be admitted to a certificate program on a conditional status.
After being admitted to a program, you’ll complete 12 hours of coursework.
Required courses for the Criminal Justice Administration certificate are Criminal Justice Policy Deployment (three hours) and Ethical Decision-Making in Criminal Justice (three hours), along with your choice of Studies in Police Leadership (three hours) or Correctional Leadership (three hours).
You’ll choose one three-hour elective course. Elective course for this certificate include Community Policing, Drug Enforcement Operations and Management, Crime Analysis for Intelligence-Led Policing, Theories of Management and Leadership, Cultures of Organizations, The Individual and Leadership, Organizational Communications, Motivation in Work and Leadership and Experiential Leadership.
For individuals pursuing a Drug Policy Management certificate, required courses are Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice (three hours), Criminal Justice Policy Deployment (three hours) and Substance Abuse and Crime in the United States (three hours).
You’ll choose one three-hour course for this certificate as well. Elective courses include Global Drug Trafficking, Victimology and Restorative Justice, Community Corrections in the 21st Century, Restorative Justice Programs for Drug Offenders, Human Trafficking, Drug Enforcement Operation and Management, Gangs in the United States, Drugs and the Brain, and Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation.
When you earn a graduate certificate from the College of Professional and Continuing Studies, you’ll gain valuable skills and bolster your resume with credentials from a respected university without the time and expense required for a master’s degree. You’ll also learn from top-notch professors while interacting with other students in online forums or on campus.
If you’re ready to transform your career with a more specialized understanding of criminal justice administration or drug policy management—or show employers you’re ready for a leadership role in your field—it might be time to pursue a graduate certificate program.
For more information, visit the program page for our Criminal Justice Administration Graduate Certificate program or our Drug Policy Management Graduate Certificate program.