Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Management

Achieve a deeper understanding and career advancement in criminal justice administration.

The School of Education & Social Services' graduate certificate program comprises similar coursework to the full B.A. program, while keeping the requisites precise and specialized. It is designed for individuals seeking an advanced graduate certificate or who hold an accredited master's degree in any discipline and seek 18 credit hours in the field of criminal justice to satisfy teaching requirements.

Online graduate certificate credit is good toward the M.S. in criminal justice degree.

Criminal justice management courses explore:

  • Ethical issues, including ethical leadership
  • Legal issues, with emphasis on public employment law, including the hiring, promoting, disciplining, and discharging of employees; fair employment practices; and agency and administrator civil liability
  • Public policy development, evaluation and implementation
  • Leadership, management and supervision
  • Contemporary issues and future trends in criminal justice administration

One of the leading military colleges in the United States, Saint Leo University has been educating criminal justice professionals for more than three decades. In the Catholic spirit, we base our criminal justice model on a steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value, and gifts of all people.


Certificate Requirements

Criminal Justice Courses (18 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • CRJ 530 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Administration 3

    This course examines the ethical issues relevant to the administration of criminal justice. The origins of ethical standards, the effect of these standards on the administration of justice, and issues of ethical leadership will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of ethics into criminal justice policy making and the establishment of defined values as a means of agency direction and activity.

  • CRJ 550 Legal Issues in Criminal Justice Administration 3

    This course is an overview of the legal issues commonly facing managers in criminal justice agencies. Particular emphasis is placed on public employment law, including the hiring, promoting, disciplining, and discharging of employees; fair employment practices; and agency and administrator civil liability. Both state and federal statutory and case law will be examined.

  • CRJ 560 Public Policy Making in Criminal Justice 3

    This course is designed to increase the knowledge of the student about policy development in criminal justice. Of specific concern will be problem identification and the movement of an idea or issue into public policy, with special emphasis on the participants in the criminal justice policy-making process. Course content will include indicators of problems that cause concern in criminal justice and elevate that problem to such a level that public policy making is required, strategic management of criminal justice policy, and the role of the criminal justice executive as an agent of change.

  • CRJ 565 Leadership Applications in Criminal Justice 3

    Contemporary literature holds that "managers do things right; leaders do the right thing." This course will offer an analysis of the most effective theories of organizational leadership, with a focus on their appropriate applications within criminal justice. Of critical importance will be the identification and discussion of those critical leadership skills necessary to advance a criminal justice agency.

  • CRJ 570 Future Studies in Criminal Justice 3

    Since Alvin Toffler's work in Future Shock, an increasing focus has been placed on "future studies," the analysis of trends and conditions affecting society or specific organizations. This course will examine the social, technological, economic, environmental, and political issues shaping Florida, its communities, and its criminal justice agencies now and in the future. A particular emphasis will be on preparing the student to anticipate and identify such future conditions, trends, and issues.

  • CRJ 575 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Administration 3

    This course will provide in-depth informational coverage regarding various current issues relevant to the administration of criminal justice. The focus will be on the application of this knowledge to both public policy making and the effective management of criminal justice organizations.

Total Credits 18