Certificate Programs

Advanced Certificate in Criminal Investigation

Program Summary:

Credits Required: 12
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The Advanced Certificate in Criminal Investigation is designed for students who wish to engage in research, become homeland security professionals at local, state or federal levels, or join U.S. agencies concerned with criminal investigation. Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Constitution as it relates to criminal investigations
  • Apply the rules and ethics of evidence to case studies
  • Use the rules and ethics of crime scene investigation to analyze diverse examples of crime scenes


The Advanced Certificate in Criminal Investigation is an interdisciplinary program. All courses are offered by the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program. This is a stand-alone certificate at the post-baccalaureate level. A student may pursue the Certificate independent of a master's program or while pursuing a John Jay master's degree.

Curriculum Courses

Course Name
CRJ 708 Law, Evidence, and Ethics
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CRJ 733 Constitution & Crime and Justice
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CRJ 751 Crime Scene Investigation

ELECTIVES (Students select 1 from the following)
Course Name
CRJ 745 Legal Aspects of Undercover Activity
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CRJ 762 Investigating Violent Crime


Before enrolling into the Advanced Certificate in Criminal Investigation program, applicants must first meet the following requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement

Career Options

The online program is suitable for students interested in pursuing a career in homeland security at local, state, or federal levels; joining national and international counter-terrorism agencies; conducting research on terrorism in academia; or seeking opportunities in relevant industries.