The Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration (CJA) provides both current and prospective practitioners with the administrative and management preparation to further their careers and to move into leadership positions within criminal justice and social service organizations. The certificate program’s core courses provide students with foundational concepts in government management, an understanding of research methodology and data analysis, and a review of criminal justice planning and evaluation principles. With the elective course offerings, the student can choose a course that most closely relates to their interest.
Students who are pursuing the graduate certificate program are taught by the same professors and are in the same classes as students who are pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice administration. In fact, the 12 credits you earn for this certificate are applicable to the master’s degree program should you choose to go on for further education.
Why pursue a graduate certificate in CJA?
Criminal justice is a rapidly expanding field of academic study. Many government agencies are requiring advanced academic preparation for those in supervisory positions at criminal justice and social service agencies. The certificate program is designed to equip practitioners with advanced administrative and research skills that are needed to effectively manage organizations.
The program is designed for:
The Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration is designed to meet the needs of the working professional and the non-traditional student, and the certificate may be earned in as few as two semesters.
Cost and Career Information
In compliance with the “gainful employment” regulations under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, as amended, Mercyhurst is disclosing certain cost and career information to prospective students. You can view this information by clicking here.
The criminal justice administration program offers a graduate certificate option, which requires students to complete 12 credits from the CJA curriculum.
Core Courses (9 credits- 3 required core courses)
CJA 501 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CJA 604 Criminal Justice Planning and Evaluation
CJA 605 Government Management or CJA 622 Advanced Research and Analysis
Elective Courses (3 credits- choose 1 course from the following)
CJA 503 Issues in Correctional Administration
CJA 511 Historical and Comparative Criminal Justice
CJA 515 Organized and White Collar Crime
CJA 519 Victimology
CJA 520 Issues in Criminal Justice
CJA 532 Public Law and Public Administration
CJA 550 Politics of Crime
CJA 595 Women and Crime
CJA 610 Law and Society
CJA 616 Issues in Juvenile Justice
CJA 620 Forensic Science
CJA 621 Advanced Criminology
CJA 625 Theories in Corrections and Criminal Justice
CJA 628 Seminar: Crime Analysis
CJA 630 Policy, Politics, Community Coalitions in Criminal justice administration
CJA 631 Political Crime and Terrorism
CJA 634 Seminar: Criminology and Crime Policy
CJA 637 Seminar: Special Topics in Juvenile and Criminal Justice
CJA 650 Supervised Justice Administration Readings
CJA 675 Justice Administration Thesis
Prospective applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration must fulfill the following admission requirements. At the discretion of the director of the criminal justice administration graduate program, acceptance may be granted to applicants who have not fulfilled all the admission requirements provided they agree to the conditions of the acceptance prescribed by the director.
Completed application packets are reviewed and the admissions decision is based on the “whole student profile.” Strong emphasis is placed on the applicant’s reading, writing and research skills.
Maria L. Garase, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
Phone: (814) 824-3675
Associate director, graduate admissions
Phone : (814) 824-3384
Academic coordinator, graduate admissions
Phone: (814) 824-2297