The Drug Policy Management Certificate emphasizes policy development within the rapidly evolving field of drug enforcement, offender diversion, decriminalization, and treatment. To complete the certificate, you must complete nine hours of required coursework, including Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Deployment and Substance Abuse and Crime in the United States, and three elective hours focused on criminology. Elective hours include courses such as Global Drug Trafficking, Restorative Justice Programs for Drug Offenders, Human Trafficking, Drug Enforcement Operations and Management, Drugs and the Brain, and Gangs in the United States.
Graduate Certificates provide an opportunity for a focused program of graduate study in a specific 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.
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.
Read further information from the Graduate College.
This graduate certificate offers a program of graduate level coursework in Criminal Justice:
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.
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.