Leadership in Criminal Justice Administration, Graduate Certificate
This graduate certificate is no longer offered at the NAU - North Valley Campus.
The Leadership in Criminal Justice Administration certificate is designed to provide law enforcement executives in the public and private sector with the theoretical and practical knowledge to address current issues in law enforcement. In addition to advanced leadership and managerial coursework, students will explore the contemporary ethical, legal, and intelligence issues facing the police profession.
- Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many graduate certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.
- No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 - 4 units) may be used on a graduate certificate program.
- No more than twenty-five percent of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.
- A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a Grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.
- A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.
- Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.
Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program). See the “Details” tab for additional information.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
Students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||18|
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
The graduate certificate in Criminal Justice Administration is intended for criminal justice practitioners who are interested in (1) advancing in their career and (2) gaining graduate coursework in the criminal justice field, which, combined with their practitioner experience, will provide a pathway towards teaching in many higher education criminal justice programs.
This certificate can be earned as a stand-alone degree or in combination with a Master’s in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:
- Identify actionable intelligence within a police agency.
- Use available resources (e.g., crime analysts) to analyze intelligence information.
- Communicate intelligence information internally (within the police agency) and externally (with external stakeholders: media, community groups, outside government agencies, etc.).
- Develop a strategic plan (e.g., development of goals, identification of key stakeholders, identification of internal and external partners) to effectively collect and disseminate intelligence information internally (within a police agency) and externally (to the community, media, etc.).
- Develop and use appropriate internal monitoring systems (e.g., internal affairs, early warning systems) to identify ethical violations (e.g., racial profiling, excessive force).
- Use effective leadership strategies (e.g., mentoring, oversight, accountability) to cultivate a police culture that develops ethical employees.
- Examine the current issues facing a police organization (e.g., racial profiling, building community partnerships, collaborating with external stakeholders) and develop a strategic leadership plan for addressing these issues while maintaining a culture that promotes ethics and professionalism.
Graduate Admission Information
The NAU graduate online application is required for all programs. Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
Admission requirements include the following:
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale ("A" = 4.0), or the equivalent.
Visit the NAU Graduate Admissions website for additional information about graduate school application deadlines, eligibility for study, and admissions policies.
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International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy.
Take the following 18 units with a minimum GPA of 3.0:
- JUS 510, JUS 525, JUS 560, JUS 688 (12 units)
- Select two from the following (6 units):
This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate. Federal financial aid cannot be used if the certificate is completed as a stand-alone certificate.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.