Criminal Justice Administration - GC

Program Code: CGRCJA
Graduate Certificate

Availability: online

Criminal justice is a rapidly expanding field of academic study. Many government agencies are requiring advanced academic preparation for those in supervisory positions at criminal justice and social service agencies. The certificate program is designed to equip practitioners with advanced administrative and research skills that are needed to effectively manage organizations.

This online certificate program is designed for individuals:

  • who are employed in the criminal justice field who wish to expand job-related knowledge
  • who are employed in the criminal justice field who need an advanced credential for working in a supervisory capacity
  • who have a master’s degree in a related field and are looking to advance their knowledge and understanding of administration and research in the criminal justice field

The Criminal Justice Administration program offers an online, four-course, twelve credit-hour graduate certificate designed to meet the needs of the working professional and the non-traditional student. Students in the certificate program will be in the same classes with the students in the master’s degree program. The certificate may be earned in as few as two semesters. The 12 graduate credits earned through the certificate program may be applied to satisfy degree requirements for the Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration.


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Criminal Justice Administration 4+1 Program
Mercyhurst University offers a 4+1 program in which undergraduate students can obtain both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration within five (5) years of study. Students enrolled in the 4+1 program will complete 12 graduate credits during their junior and senior years. During the fifth year of full time study, students will then complete the remaining 18 graduate credits over the fall and spring semesters. Graduates of this program will have earned 121 undergraduate credits and will have earned 30 graduate credits upon commencement. For additional information about the CJA 4+1 program, refer to the Criminal Justice section of the undergraduate catalog.