Next Start Date January 8
Est.Program Length 1-2 semesters
Course Length 7 weeks
Credit Hours 18
Cost Per Credit $299.73*
Accreditation Higher Learning Commission
Transfer Credits Accepted 9
*Out-of-state students will be charged an additional $30.90 per credit.
Criminal Justice Certificate Overview
Gain the essential skills you need for a rewarding future in law enforcement with the criminal justice certificate program from Shawnee State University Online Campus. Ideal for criminal justice professionals striving to advance their careers and individuals seeking to supplement a degree in a different field with valuable criminal justice skills, the criminal justice certificate online program will provide you with the academic foundation necessary for success.
With only four classes delivered through an interactive classroom, the criminal justice certificate online program allows you to complete your education on your schedule in less than one year. You’ll receive support from educators with real-world experience in law enforcement as you navigate select courses from our innovative criminal justice curriculum.
Our criminal justice certificate online program will teach you:
- Basic concepts of criminology
- Effective policing strategies
- Concepts practiced in corrections facilities
- Criminal justice theory
Upon completion of the criminal justice certificate online program, you’ll have the professional knowledge employers in law enforcement are looking for.
The Criminal Justice Certificate Online Program is Designed for:
- Law enforcement professionals striving to enhance their skills
- Individuals who have a degree in a different area but require criminal justice skills for career opportunities
- Corrections officers who need additional training for career advancement
International students residing outside the United States of America may apply and enroll into the Shawnee State University’s Criminal Justice Certificate program. The program is administered all online and the international student will maintain a full course of study. Admitted students will not be issued an I-20 for entry into the United States. The program will be completed by the student from their home country. Please refer to www.studyinthestates.dhs.gov for more information pertaining to enrollment in an online program from your home country.
The online classroom allows you to study on your schedule.
Learn From Expert Educators
Professors with real-world experience provide one-on-one attention to each student.
Gain Career-Ready Skills, Fast
In less than one year, you can complete the criminal justice certificate online program with the skills you need for career advancement.
Courses and Requirements
4 Total Courses In This Program
The criminal justice certificate online program requires the completion of four core courses for a total of 12 credit hours. Each course is designed to provide you with the essential criminal justice skills you need for success in a variety of careers within the field.
- CRIM 1201 – Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
- CRIM 2207 – Introduction to Criminology 3
- CRIM 2620 – Policing 3
- CRIM 3620 – Corrections 3
In addition to the core courses, students must complete two additional Criminal Justice courses of their choice, including:
- ANTH 3110 – Forensic Anthropology 4
- CRIM 2630 – Victimology 3
Before applying for this program, you must have:
- A high school diploma
How to Apply
In order to apply for our criminal justice certificate online program, please contact an enrollment counselor and submit the following:
- Completed application
- Transcripts from high school and college or university (if applicable)
Costs & Financial Aid
The criminal justice certificate online program is offered at a tuition rate of $291 per credit hour for in-state students and $321 per credit hour for out-of-state students. This program accepts up to 9 transfer credits.
Component Cost Total* Full Program Tuition $299.73 per credit hour $5,395 Total $5,395 Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 9) $299.73 per credit hour $2,698 Total with Transfer Credits $2,698 Component Cost Total* Full Program Tuition $330.63 per credit hour $5,951 Total $5,951 Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 9) $330.63 per credit hour $2,976 Total $2,976
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes four to six semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-815-0323 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
To help make your online education more affordable, Shawnee State offers financial aid in the form of loans, scholarships, and grants. If you have questions, our experienced enrollment counselors and tuition planners will assist you through the process.
At Shawnee State, we want those who have served our country to get the education they deserve. As a veteran or current member of the U.S. military, you can receive federal and state educational benefits through the VA, and we will provide you with guidance and support throughout your online education.
The criminal justice certificate online program delivers an academic foundation for professionals in the field. Graduates of this program complete the certificate with the skills required for the following positions:
Salary and job growth information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale.
- Police officers protect the members of their communities against violence and crime by enforcing the law and reforming convicted criminals. The median annual salary of these law enforcement professionals is $61,380.
- Correctional officers supervise those who have been convicted of crimes and work to ensure prisons and detention centers are safe and secure. The median annual salary of these professionals is $44,400.
- Detectives solve crimes by collecting and investigating evidence and gathering information regarding the victims and suspects involved. The median annual salary for these professionals is $81,920.