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If you have an associate's degree or have worked in criminal justice, law enforcement, or the military within the past 18 months, this online certificate program is designed to help you qualify for managerial or supervisory criminal justice positions. With Kaplan University's Web-based training, you study the foundational knowledge and skills required to become an effective manager or supervisor without interrupting your work schedule or other obligations.
This innovative program is intended to teach you to identify and understand management theories and functions central to criminal justice organizations. Your online coursework will focus on the roles managers play in establishing a successful social framework, including:
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The Management and Supervision Certificate in Criminal Justice program is designed to provide you with specialized knowledge necessary to seek managerial or supervisory positions in a broad range of criminal justice areas. Apply for leadership positions in corrections, corporate or environmental crime investigation, criminal investigation, federal or state law enforcement, loss prevention, private or public security, probation and parole, postal service inspection, substance abuse, and social work.*†
Students who do not possess an associate's or bachelor's degree within the criminal justice field from an accredited institution at the time of admission may be admitted to the program after providing proof that they have been employed in law enforcement, the military, or an associated area of criminal justice within the last 18 months prior to enrollment. Admission to the program is at the discretion of the Dean based on a review of work experience and other relevant criteria.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.
Online Start Date
Apr 19, 2017
Online and Campus Start Date
May 17, 2017
Online and Campus Start Date
Jun 07, 2017
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
Total Program Credits: 36
This course provides an overview of the
criminal justice system in the United States. Students gain an
understanding of the philosophy and development of the criminal
justice system, the current state of the criminal justice
agencies and institutions, and the issues and challenges facing
This course presents a framework for studying the nature and causes of crime and antisocial behavior. It focuses on explanations provided through criminal topologies and criminological theories, using a variety of multidisciplinary perspectives. Topics range from crime causation to the extent of crime, victimization, social and psychological theories, and various types of criminality including violent, property, and public order offenses.
This course will cover the methodology and rationale behind the unified response to a terrorist, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), or disaster incident within the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) systems. You will explore the management and incident command response to terrorist, WMD, or disaster events including elements of logistics, budgeting, prioritization, staffing, and support. In addition you will examine these methodologies from the perspective of crisis management and consequence management.
Total Program Credits: 36
This course discusses the fundamentals of morality and ethics in the context of applied criminal justice. You will gain an understanding of ethics within the criminal justice system, ethical reasoning, as well as contemporary ethical issues faced by practitioners and organizations. Strategies for controlling public corruption, how to utilize the pillars of justice and the law enforcement code of ethics, and tools to evaluate noble cause corruption will also be discussed.
This course combines state-of-the-art behavioral theory with numerous cases that allow you to identify and resolve personnel and organizational problems. It prepares you for effective police management and supervision.
The course provides an introduction to
homeland security and the agency role in preparing national
security for threats of domestic and international terrorism.
This role ensures homeland security management and operational
assistance for federal, state, and local agencies. The goal of
this course is to ensure students develop an understanding of how
the Department of Homeland Security prepares and addresses
domestic and international terrorism. The student should be able
to apply this knowledge from both an academic and practitioner
perspective. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply this
knowledge by identifying and applying homeland security
management principles and practices.
This course deals with concepts and theory in
the field of organizational behavior. The course focuses on the
historical perspectives of organizational theorists, theories of
motivations and leadership, and future trends and developments in
This course focuses on the issues related to
federal statutes that affect the human resources function. Among
topics addressed are employment relationships and procedures,
employment discrimination, and employment regulations. Some
specific issues covered in the course are EEO, affirmative
action, OSHA, employee privacy, and wrongful
MT 203 or enrollment in the Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate
This course explores human behavior in organizations. You will examine individual behavior, attitudes, personality, values, perception, and emotions and how these affect organization outcomes. The course also examines the theories, concepts, and application of motivation as well as the importance of stress management, professional ethics, and organizational culture. You will gain an understanding and appreciation for communication processes, channels, and styles. You will also gain a set of organizational design tools.
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of their program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an Admissions Advisor. Not all programs are available for enrollment at the Kaplan University Learning Center.
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* Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond Kaplan University's degree. You should fully research the requirements of any such position you intend to seek prior to enrolling in your program. Graduates of Kaplan University criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
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