Advanced Graduate Certificate In Criminal Justice
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online, 8-Week Courses
Transfer Credits
Not Applicable
Next Start Date
Oct 21, 2019
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Advance Your Career as a Criminal Justice Professional With a 100% Online Certificate!

Prepare for an exciting career in criminal profiling, corrections, criminology, probation, or criminal justice management. Whether you are looking to land your dream job, start on a new career path, or advance in your current position, we’re here to help. Liberty’s online advanced graduate certificate in criminal justice can help you get on track toward achieving your professional goals.

We know you’re busy. That’s why we offer this certificate 100% online! You can pursue higher education and career advancement without putting your life on hold. If you have been thinking about taking your education to the next level, but you are not sure if completing a master’s degree is right at this time, a graduate certificate is a great option! Not only will you take courses that may be able to transfer directly into our master’s in criminal justice degree, but you can gauge whether or not completing a master’s degree would benefit you professionally.

Perfect for Military Benefits

If you have served in the military, we want to go above and beyond to show you our gratitude. That’s why we designed our 21 credit hour certificates to work especially well for your benefits. These programs are designed to maximize your tuition assistance by allowing you to earn additional graduate or postgraduate level credit without using your GI Bill® benefits*.

All credits in these certificates count toward a corresponding graduate or postgraduate program, so you have a clear path forward if you want to pursue a degree. Each certificate can stand on its own as a professional development credential and give you the flexibility to start a graduate or postgraduate degree whenever you’re ready. It’s one more way we show our appreciation.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice?

The need for credentialed professionals in the criminal justice field is growing. According to major hiring sites like, LinkedIn, and, there are over 44,000 job openings in the industry. Earning an advanced graduate certificate can help you stand out to employers or advance in your current position. Earn an online graduate certificate that equips you with real-world, applicable training that can be used as soon as you graduate. All of our faculty hold esteemed degrees with years of industry experience and are excited to bring all their experience to the classroom.

What Will You Learn in Our Online Criminal Justice Advanced Certificate Program?

Our online Advanced Certificate in Criminal Justice examines the major topics, trends, and systems within the criminal justice field today. Our online courses dive into administration, human resources, crisis intervention, ethics, and leadership, all vital to a successful career in criminal justice. Throughout this certificate, you’ll examine the interdependency of the agencies and organizations with the criminal justice system and learn about the competing roles of law enforcement, courts, prosecution, and defense counsels in the pursuit of justice.

Additionally, you will learn both theoretical and practical management styles within the field and develop an awareness of the role of the personnel manager within a criminal justice system. Your courses will help you identify and evaluate research trends of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), which is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.  

Required Courses

  • CJUS 500 – Criminal Justice Integration
  • CJUS 520 – Administration of Justice Organizations
  • CJUS 530 – H.R. Management in the Criminal Justice Organizations
  • CJUS 550 – Topics and Trends in Criminal Justice
  • CJUS 601 – Criminal Justice Program Evaluation
  • CJUS 610 – Leadership, Ethics, and Policing
  • CJUS 630 – Crisis Intervention in Law Enforcement

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

Certificate Information
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Highlights

  • By earning your online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 4 straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • Maximize tuition assistance without having to use GI Bill® benefits!
  • You will have access to a wide variety of resources and materials found through Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell Library search portal while you pursue your certificate.
  • You may apply the credits earned in the online advanced graduate certificate in criminal justice toward a relevant master’s degree!
  • You can complete this advanced certificate program in as little as one and a half years.
  • You may also be interested in exploring our Master of Science in Criminal Justice!

Online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Information

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses.
  • Maximize tuition assistance without having to use GI Bill® benefits!
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Potential Career Options with an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice

  • Corrections Officer
  • Criminal Profiler
  • FBI Agent
  • Federal Probation Officer
  • State and Local Law Enforcement Officer
  • University Faculty/Professor
  • Urban and Social Policy Specialist

Admission Requirements for Our Online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.