The Criminal Justice Administration Certificate focuses 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. To complete the certificate, you must complete nine hours of required coursework, including Criminal Justice Policy Development, Ethical Decision-Making in Criminal Justice, Studies in Police Leadership and Correctional Leadership, and three elective hours focused on criminal justice or leadership. Elective hours include courses such as Drug Enforcement Operations and Management, Crime Analysis for Intelligence-Led Policing and Motivation in Work and Leadership. You also may choose to take Experiential Leadership I and II, which includes an opportunity to spend one week learning on OU’s Norman campus.
Graduate certificates provide an opportunity for a focused program of graduate study in a specified topic. You may complete the certificate program while enrolled in a graduate degree program, or you may be admitted directly to the certificate program. The credit hours you take to complete your graduate certificate may be applied to a graduate degree program.
12 hours that can be completed 100% online or in a hybrid format. Note: Availability of onsite/hybrid courses depends on the number of students enrolled at each location.
Students may apply to be admitted to the Graduate College to pursue the certificate program, or they may complete the certificate program while currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.
For students applying for admission to pursue the certificate, the admission requirements and process are the same as for a degree-seeking student; however, students cannot be admitted on conditional status to a certificate program.
The Graduate Certificate Program Report will be completed during the term the last course is being taken.
Credit hours gained during a certificate program are eligible to be applied to a graduate degree at OU. However, in all cases, the specific hours that may be transferred to the graduate degree are subject to the prevailing rules regarding residence credit. Certificate hours completed while a student is enrolled in a graduate degree are not considered to be transfer credit.
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This graduate certificate offers a program of graduate level coursework in Criminal Justice:
All graduate courses in this certificate are 16 weeks long. Most students choose to take two courses (or six credit hours) in the spring and fall semesters and one course (or three credit hours) in the summer. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules.
At OU Extended Campus, your cohort won’t look like the traditional college student. Many of our students are balancing family, work, and life responsibilities, and we make it our job to help them every step of the way.
Note: Upon admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts. Financial aid may be available to degree-seeking students only.