Online Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Criminology & Criminal Justice


Program Description

The fully online Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice is designed to complement your existing bachelor’s degree. Regardless of whether you have background in criminal justice, the fully online post-bachelor’s certificate is intended to equip you with the knowledge and skills need to advance or change your career. This program can help enhance your career potential by providing you with knowledge and skills that are critical for the CCJ field. The flexible curriculum allows you to tailor the program to suit your individual interests and career goals. In this online program, you will study crime, criminal justice, and crime control. Learn to understand criminal offending using data, theory, and research, building the foundation necessary to develop comprehensive crime prevention measures and better crime control strategies.

Certificate Requirements

Portland State recognizes two types of postbaccalaureate students—those who are seeking a second bachelor’s degree and those who are pursuing a post-bachelor’s certificate. Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree should visit the CCJ Online bachelor’s degree page for those requirements.

Students in the online postbaccalaureate certificate program complete 40 credits made up of courses in three distinct categories:

Required Courses (20 credit hours)

These courses provide students with foundational knowledge and skills that are needed for employment in criminal justice or for the pursuit of an advanced degree in this field of study.

  • CCJ 300 Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 320 Theories of Crime
  • CCJ 330 Crime Control Strategies
  • CCJ 380 Criminal Justice Research
  • CCJ 420 Criminal Law and Legal Reasoning

Specialization Courses (8 credit hours)

Students learn more about specific branches of the criminal justice system by choosing TWO of the following courses.

  • CCJ 301 Policing in America
  • CCJ 303 Punishment and Corrections
  • CCJ 310 American Courts

CCJ Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

To satisfy this requirement, students complete additional CCJ courses that match their interests. At least 8 elective credits must be from courses at the 300-level or above. All electives offered through CCJ Online satisfy this requirement.

Course Calendar and Descriptions

Since they are only open to admitted CCJ Online students, courses in CCJ’s online programs cannot be found in PSU’s Schedule of Classes. Registration for CCJ Online courses takes places through a separate, customized process. Schedules and registration information is provided directly to CCJ’s online students each term, along with individual advising to assist each student in registering for the mix of courses that best suits their interests while satisfying their program requirements. CCJ Online makes space for each of its students to register for any course offered by their online program. This means that online program students don’t have to worry about losing the opportunity to register for a CCJO course because it’s already full.

Visit CCJ Online course page for course descriptions and CCJ Online course calendar.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit may be used to complete up to 16 of the 40 credits required. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges or universities.

All credits need to be college-level with a passing grade. For Oregon community colleges, CCJ has pre-approved a set of criminology or criminal justice courses that automatically substitute for specific Criminology & Criminal Justice online program courses. Find the list of pre‐approved substitution courses from your Oregon community college here.

Be sure to visit the CCJ Online Programs Overview page for important information about special online program tuition, program structure, and how to apply.

 

Getting Started and Getting Help

CCJ Online students are provided consistent support and specialized advising to assist them with completing their fully online program. Students are proactively assisted in each phase of the program with a wide variety of matters, including course planning, registration, connecting with academic resources, understanding and navigating university processes, and preparing for graduation.

Incoming and new students are provided exceptional advising and support by CCJ Online's Enrollment Advisor Chelsey Huff.  Chelsey works with prospective students exploring the CCJ Online program options, incoming CCJ Online students who have started the PSU application process, and new CCJ Online students getting ready for their first term.  Chelsey can answer a wide variety of questions about admissions requirements, transfer credits, financial aid, CCJ course content, career opportunities,  PSU resources, and more.  Chelsey can be reached at 503-725-9296 or CCJO@pdx.edu.   

For established students, CCJ Online's Academic Advisor is Angela Barrett, CCJ’s resident expert on successfully guiding online students through PSU and CCJ’s fully online programs. Angela is a former PSU student herself and has been working with CCJ’s online students for a decade. Angela can be reached at abarrett@pdx.edu and (503) 725-5131.  General advising information and university contacts are posted in the CCJ Online Advising Center.

 

 

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) established a rule requiring departments offering "Gainful Employment" programs (at Portland State these are as transcripted certificate programs) to provide certain types of information. Click here for the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment information for the CCJ Online postbaccalaureate certificate.

 

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