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Criminal Justice

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Criminal Justice explores criminal behavior from biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives. Areas of the law related to procedural and substantive law, punishment philosophies, and constitutional issues are also examined. This online certificate program enhances the knowledge of current criminal justice professionals and is helpful preparation for most careers in the law enforcement field. This online certificate is intended for graduate students who want to expand their knowledge of criminal justice without committing to a degree program.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Criminal justice theories and their applications
  • Police administration principles, policies, and issues
  • Leadership skills and public accountability
  • Criminal profiling, including its methods and ethics
  • Victimology
  • Crisis management and decision-making skills
  • Criminal law and the criminal justice process

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Evaluate the functions of the criminal justice systems, including the organizational aspects as they relate to the interrelationships of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches.
  • Assess the criminal behavior theories and distinguish between biological, psychological, and sociological approaches.
  • Distinguish between criminal law and civil law, including the aspects of procedural law, substantive law, punishment philosophies, and constitutional issues.
  • Evaluate the roles of the police, prosecution, courts, and corrections, including the functions and interrelationships.
  • Determine the magnitude and application of legal issues regarding criminal profiling and its application in law enforcement.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An AMU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, AMU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

School of Security & Global Studies


School of Security & Global Studies

This program resides in the American Military University School of Security & Global Studies where many of the university’s flagship programs were created by experts from the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, the intelligence community, and private businesses throughout the world. The programs taught in the School of Security & Global Studies truly embody our Educating Those Who Serve motto because many of our students come from active-duty military and federal, state, and local government agencies.

The AMU faculty is committed to helping you apply educational theories to real-world challenges in preparation for leadership opportunities in criminal justice, public safety, public administration, national security, and more. Many of our professors are highly credentialed and respected leaders in their fields and currently work in the U.S. government.

At AMU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners who balance school around work and service commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with classmates and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect – a strong benefit for deployed personnel.

We encourage you to browse the School of Security & Global Studies webpage to learn more about our what’s happening in the school and to find a program that’s right for you