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Post-Master’s Certificate in Business,

Criminal Justice

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Post-Master’s Certificate in Business, Criminal Justice


A criminal justice profession offers you the opportunity to use your skills and strengths for good, whether through crime prevention, aiding victims of crime, counseling and rehabilitating criminals, or overseeing the progress of parolees. This post-master’s specialization connects ethical, managerial, and theoretical decision-making with strategic planning and public policy within local, state, federal, and multinational criminal justice organizations. The program focuses on developing competencies across a wide spectrum of criminal justice topics required for career advancement in law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and criminal investigation.

Admission Requirements 

  • A conferred master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

Course Details

For the Post-Master’s Certificate in Business with a specialization in Criminal Justice, you must complete 18 credit hours, including five required courses and one School of Business doctoral level elective. The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 14 months.

Required Course Listing

This course provides a comprehensive review of ethics and moral behavior in criminal justice. The theoretical foundations of ethics will be introduced and applied to criminal justice practice, and you’ll evaluate the ethical challenges faced by professionals and the policies and practices in place to prevent unethical behavior. Finally, the ethical obligations of crime scene investigation, evidence handling, and testimony in court will also be explored.

An examination of current management issues within the criminal justice field. You’ll learn the concepts and skills needed to address issues and problems confronting the criminal justice system. Societal and cultural changes affecting criminal justice agencies will be examined as you gain in-depth exposure to the application of theoretical and administrative principles.

In this course, you’ll analyze the internal structure, roles, and functions in criminal justice agencies. You’ll examine the theoretical and research issues related to the nature and causes of crime. You’ll also learn to formulate policies for coordination and control procedures, and you’ll apply administrative and managerial concepts to demonstrate these competencies. Finally, you’ll integrate theory and practice to evaluate the best methods for improving the overall performance of the agency.

Strategic planning is necessary for establishing both the current and future goals of a criminal justice organization. This course allows you to examine the tools and skills needed in the strategic planning process while also strengthening your ability to analyze, develop, implement, and assess those plans to achieve criminal justice goals. Several criminal justice agencies will be examined to provide you with the widest perspective possible before you begin developing your own strategic plan.

In this doctoral-level course, you’ll analyze the significant policy models used in the criminal justice system. You’ll also assess the influence of various participants and stakeholders on criminal justice policy, including politicians, law enforcement, the courts, the corrections sector, and the media.

Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.

NU graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a program, certification/licensure, employment, and state-by-state basis that can include one or more of the following items: internships, practicum experience, additional coursework, exams, tests, drug testing, earning an additional degree, and/or other training/education requirements.

All prospective students are advised to review employment, certification, and/or licensure requirements in their state, and to contact the certification/licensing body of the state and/or country where they intend to obtain certification/licensure to verify that these courses/programs qualify in that state/country, prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s/country’s policies and procedures relating to certification/licensure, as those policies are subject to change.

National University degrees do not guarantee employment or salary of any kind. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to review desired job positions to review degrees, education, and/or training required to apply for desired positions. Prospective students should monitor these positions as requirements, salary, and other relevant factors can change over time.