Criminology and Criminal Justice

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DEGREE TYPECertificate
LOCATION100% Online
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Our online Criminal Justice certificate augments your bachelor's degree and helps you advance your career.

The Criminology and Criminal Justice post-bachelor's certificate provides an intensive, career-focused overview of current theories and practices in criminal justice.

Whether you're new to the field of criminal justice, or an experienced professional seeking to update or expand your knowledge, the online post-bachelor's Criminal Justice certificate offers a practical pathway to career development.


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You'll examine the most current methods and technologies in criminal justice research, data collection, scientific inquiry and information management. The online Criminal Justice certificate program builds practical skills for analyzing crime, developing prevention measures, and formulating targeted policies and programs.

Offered by one of the nation's best criminal justice programs, Portland State's online post-bachelor's certificate in Criminal Justice enables you to:

Build your criminal justice career with our online post-bachelor's certificate.

  • Expand your career opportunities. The online Criminal Justice certificate can help you break into the profession, or upgrade your credentials to qualify for better jobs and higher pay if you're already employed in criminal justice.
  • Work with expert faculty. Portland State's leading faculty teach all courses in our online Criminal Justice post-bachelor certificate program. You'll learn from experienced instructors who've achieved high professional distinction in criminal justice.
  • Develop a criminal justice specialty. You'll have the option to choose electives that focus your studies on a topic that addresses your interests and career objectives.
  • Expand your professional network. Our online course platform encourages collaboration. You'll enjoy extensive interaction with classmates and faculty, building professional relationships.

Portland State's online Criminal Justice post-bachelor's certificate covers every branch of the criminal justice system. You'll examine law enforcement, courts, corrections and rehabilitation as an integrated whole.

In the elective portion of the online Criminal Justice certificate, you'll have the ability to focus on a specific aspect of criminal justice. Examples include:

  • White-collar crime.
  • Juvenile justice.
  • Criminal behavioral studies.
  • Crime mapping.
  • Rehabilitation and treatment.
  • Women and crime.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: Criminology and Criminal Justice Curriculum

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Criminology & Criminal Justice requires 5 core courses, 2 concentration courses, and 3 upper division elective courses for a total of 40 credit hours.

Core Courses (Complete all 5)

  • CCJ300 Criminology and Criminal Justice (4 credits)
  • CCJ320 Theories of Crime (4 credits)
  • CCJ330 Crime Control Strategies (4 credits)
  • CCJ380 Criminal Justice Research (4 credits)
  • CCJ420 Criminal Law and Reasoning (4 credits)

Concentration Courses (Choose 2)

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  • CCJ301 Policing in America (4 credits)
  • CCJ303 Punishment and Corrections (4 credits)
  • CCJ310American Courts (4 credits)

Financial Aid

Students taking the Criminology and Criminal Justice program are eligible for financial aid.


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

For more information visit the Criminology & Criminal Justice Certificate program website.


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