Quick Facts

Delivery:  Online or Onsite

Credit Hours: 12

Deadline: July 27

Classes Begin: August 22


The Corrections Management Certificate provides an opportunity for individuals working in the corrections, probation and parole, and rehabilitative services fields. To complete the certificate, you must complete six hours of required coursework, including Penology and Ethical Decision-Making for Criminal Justice, and six elective hours in a wide range of topics. Elective hours include courses such as Community Justice in the 21st Century, Restorative Justice Programs for Drug Offenders, Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System, and Gangs in the United States.


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.

Program Type

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. 

Certificate Topics:

  • Gangs in the United States
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Community justice in the 21st century
  • Penology
  • Mental illness and the criminal justice system
  • Restorative justice programs for drug offenders

Admission and Retention

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.

Use of Certificate Graduate Credit Towards a Graduate Degree

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.

Read further information from the Graduate College.

Certificate Program Planning Sheet:

Corrections Management Graduate Certificate Program Planning Sheet


Program requirements

This graduate certificate offers a program of graduate level coursework in Criminal Justice:

  • Minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit, including a majority of 5000 and 6000 level courses
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required for successful completion
  • No substitution of courses or transfer courses is allowed in the certificate program.

Required Courses

  • Penology (three hours)
  • Ethical Decision-making for Criminal Justice (three hours)

Elective Courses (choose one)

  • Community Justice in the 21st Century (three hours)
  • Restorative Justice Programs for Drug Offenders (three hours)
  • Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System (three hours)
  • Gangs in the United States (three hours)


Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA 
  • Earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution


STEP 1: Prepare Application Materials

  • Statement of Purpose: A 300-500 word statement describing your career goals and how the chosen degree program aligns with those goals. The statement should also address educational history, including any disparity in undergraduate GPA, and significant life events leading to the decision to apply to graduate school.
  • Current Resume: Formatted in a professional manner, highlighting past work experience and education.
  • Last Degree Conferring Transcript: Must be uploaded with the rest of your materials.

STEP 2: Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application form. As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will be reviewed when it is complete and all required materials have been received.

*NOTE: When completing your application, a GRE or GMAT score is not required to apply for OU Extended Campus certificates. If you have not taken either of these exams, simply click NO for each in the Test Scores section and leave the test dates blank.

After you submit your application, you will receive an email within 24 hours with instructions on how to submit your supplemental application materials.

Manageable Accelerated Courses

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.

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