Criminal Justice

Post-Master's Certificate
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The Criminal Justice post-master’s certificate offers you a personalized approach to studying criminal justice. Overall, you will develop competencies across a wide spectrum of criminal justice subjects and issues required for career advancement in law enforcement, the justice system, criminal investigation and the corrections system.

Basis of Admission

A completed master's-level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university.


Six Courses (18 credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate.

At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Course Length

All courses are 8 weeks in length. Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates.

Specialization Courses - 18 credit hours

Course Code


Course Description


Delinquency and Criminal Justice

In the past two years the Justice Department has reported a significant increase in violence among teenagers and other youths. This increase appears to have contributed to a nationwide crime spike. This Doctoral level course provides an examination of the causes of this increase in juvenile delinquency including social, economic, and cultural factors. students will explore national strategies to address this issue, their effectiveness and future application.


Organized Criminal Gangs

This Doctoral level course provides a comprehensive review of organized crime. Gangs have fostered a culture of violence, perversion and hate. This course will review gang organizational traits, traditions, criminal activities, violence, prison gang structure, the Ku Klux Klan, and other white supremacy groups. An in-depth examination will be conducted into the connection of organized crime in the United States to other nations and world-wide organizations, including organized crime in Russia and Latin America.


Criminal Justice Research Methods

This Doctoral level course provides the student with a solid theoretical structure that underlies empirical analysis. The objective of the course is to provide the student with the skill set to interpret, analyze, synthesize and compare professional published research. Research design, measurement selection, data collection, determination of causality, data and results interpretation, and ethics will be contribute to the understanding, interpreting, and critical evaluation of research studies and findings in criminal justice.


Effective Police Tactics, Techniques and Methodologies

This doctorial level course will examine police tactics, techniques and methodologies exposing the student to best practices including evidence collection, psychological profiling, agency collaboration and jurisdictional requirements. The student will develop a keen understanding of the latest techniques and technologies that may be employed in a criminal investigation, as well as the research and development techniques used to generate new tactics and methodologies with a primary focus on forensic science.


Ethics and Criminal Justice

The doctoral level course provides a comprehensive review local, state and federal law enforcement officers are entrusted with enforcing our criminal justice laws while upholding the constitutional principles and general principles of ethics and integrity. This course will explore the ethical challenges that are faced by police officers at various levels of command and the systems in place to prevent unethical practices by law enforcement.


Criminal Justice

The student will create a comprehensive research project that seeks to create a unique solution to a stated, real or hypothetical defined topic approved by the Mentor. Research scope and definitions must be declared before the specific approved project can commence. students will be assessed on demonstrated proficiency in designed assignments, which will culminate into a final research project.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Business and Technology Management's post-master's certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $974
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,922
  • Program cost: $17,882
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors.For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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