Management and Supervision Certificate in Criminal Justice

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 criminal justice management certificate program is designed to help you qualify for managerial or supervisory criminal justice positions. With Kaplan University's web-based training, you can study the foundational knowledge and skills required to become an effective manager or supervisor without interrupting your existing personal and professional obligations.

Management and Supervision Certificate in Criminal Justice Program Highlights

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, such as:

  • Analyzing the role of supervisors and managers in criminal justice with a focus on leadership development and management practices
  • Exploring how human and organizational behavior affect organizational outcomes
  • Motivating personnel, supporting organizational goals and missions, managing conflicts, and evaluating employee performances
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Admissions Requirements

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 and based on a review of work experience and other relevant criteria.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

Kaplan University’s Management and Supervision Certificate in Criminal Justice program is designed to provide students with specialized knowledge necessary to seek managerial or supervisory positions in a broad range of criminal justice areas. Graduates of this certificate program can apply for leadership positions in fields such as 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.*

How Do I Get Started?

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.

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September 20, 2017

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October 18, 2017

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November 08, 2017

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December 06, 2017

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January 03, 2018

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January 31, 2018

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February 28, 2018

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March 21, 2018

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April 18, 2018

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May 16, 2018

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July 05, 2018

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August 01, 2018

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September 19, 2018

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November 07, 2018

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December 05, 2018

Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Prerequisite

    Total Prerequisite Credits: 15

    Total Program Credits: 36

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CJ 101: INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM Change

      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 them.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CJ 102: CRIMINOLOGY I Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

  • Certificate Requirements

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 36

    Total Program Credits: 36

    • CJ 307: CRISIS MANAGEMENT IN TERRORIST ATTACKS AND DISASTERS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

    • CJ 340: APPLIED CRIMINAL JUSTICE ETHICS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

    • CJ 345: SUPERVISORY PRACTICES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

    • CJ 355: HOMELAND SECURITY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CJ 101

    • CJ 444: MANAGING CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS Change

      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 modern organizations.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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    • HR 420: EMPLOYMENT LAW Change

      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 discharge.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      MT 203 or enrollment in the Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    • MT 302: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      MT 140

Curriculum: Concentration

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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. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.