If you’re looking to enhance your skillset as a criminal justice professional but don’t want to commit to a master’s degree right now, an OU Extended Campus Corrections Management Graduate Certificate can arm you with the advanced skills you need to excel in the areas of corrections, probation and parole, and rehabilitative services.
You’ll study topics like penology, ethical decision-making for criminal justice, gangs in the United States, mental illness and the criminal justice system and restorative justice programs for drug offenders, preparing you with the knowledge you need to tackle management-related challenges and take on a bigger role in your corrections career.
The Corrections Management Graduate Certificate is a 12-hour program and can be completed 100% online or in a hybrid format. Courses are 16 weeks long in spring and fall and eight weeks long in summer.
While most students take two courses in the spring and fall semesters and one course in the summer, your course load is up to you. You can discuss your options with your advisor.
Here are a few things you need to know if you’re considering the program:
Credit hours used to complete your certificate program can be applied to a graduate degree.
You can complete the Corrections Management Graduate Certificate program while enrolled in a graduate degree program, or you can apply for direct admission into the certificate program after earning a bachelor’s degree. Credit hours used to complete your certificate program can be applied to a graduate degree.
If you’re applying for admission to pursue the certificate, the admission requirements and process are the same as degree-seeking students. However, you can’t be admitted on a conditional status to a certificate program.
After being admitted into the program, you’ll complete 12 hours of coursework. Required courses are Penology (three hours) and Ethical Decision-making for Criminal Justice (three hours).
You’ll also choose two three-hour electives. Elective courses include Community Justice in the 21stCentury; Restorative Justice Programs for Drug Offenders; Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System; and Gangs in the United States.
When you earn a graduate certificate from OU Extended Campus, 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 corrections, or show employers you’re ready for a leadership role in your field, it might be time to pursue the certificate program.
Learn more by visiting our Corrections Management Graduate Certificate information page.