Advanced Graduate Certificate In Criminal Justice
Credit Hours
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total
Next Start Date
May 13, 2024
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 to achieving your professional goals.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Police and Detectives, 2020 (viewed online June 23, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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 also gauge whether or not completing a master’s degree would benefit you professionally.

Potential Career Options with an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice

The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice can help you prepare for several career paths. Depending on your current knowledge, education level, and experience, there are many different career fields that could benefit from our accredited certificate:

  • Corrections officer
  • Criminal profiler
  • FBI agent
  • Federal probation officer
  • State and local law enforcement officer
  • University faculty/professor
  • Urban and social policy specialist

The skills you gain in leadership and communication can help you in your current role at your organization or help prepare you for positions of elevated responsibility. Another benefit of Liberty’s Advanced Certificates is that you can seamlessly transfer into one of our corresponding master’s programs. So if you are looking to further your studies after completing your certificate in criminal justice, you will be able to seamlessly transfer into our master’s in criminal justice!  Take the next step towards your personal and professional goals with an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice from Liberty University.

Additional education or training may be required for some jobs or occupations. Conferral of a certificate does not guarantee job placement.

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, which are 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 can 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.  

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Advanced Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Highlights

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • The majority of tuition for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • 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 1 year.
  • You may also be interested in exploring our Master of Science in Criminal Justice.

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. 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
  • Roll these credits into the corresponding master’s or doctoral degree
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

Admission Requirements for Our Advanced Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Online

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 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 (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*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.

**Please note: You cannot be accepted into this program until Liberty has your official transcripts.