New for 2017! Graduate Certificate in Justice Leadership

Graduate Certificate in Justice Leadership

History of excellence in social sciences

  • Simpson has more than seven decades of experience in providing educational opportunities to students in the area of social sciences.
  • The Department is unique in that it offers a strong liberal arts foundation to professional areas of study such as criminal justice and human services at the undergraduate level, and to the graduate level.

New beginning the fall of 2017, the graduate certificate in justice leadership will provide a 16-credit (4 course) series to post-baccalaureate learners who have a strong interest in continuing their education in the area of leadership, criminal justice, and ethics.

These core areas are essential to public and private sector professionals who work, or strive to work, in the areas of criminal and social justice.


Your learning objectives

Students who complete the graduate certificate in justice leadership will gain greater understanding of:

  • procedural justice and fairness;
  • bias awareness, inclusivity, human rights, and tolerance;
  • ethical perspectives and ethical problem-solving, and
  • leadership development in the areas of government, non-profits, and the private sector.

Students will be able to formulate ethical responses to professional situations, and students will be able to develop leadership skills needed in working with diverse populations.


Why A Graduate Certificate in Justice Leadership at Simpson?

Simpson has been committed to education in the social sciences for over 70 years, and has been offering the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) since 2009.

Graduates of the MACJ program can be found throughout Iowa and the Midwest, working in policy and analysis, corrections, human services, law enforcement, and in a variety of private sector agencies.


Advantages:  Course Series

This unique graduate certificate includes these four courses:

  • Leadership in the Criminal Justice System – Required
  • Social Justice and Human Rights – Required
  • Standards of Professional Behavior – Required
  • Graduate Course – Elective (such as Correctional Practices in the U.S., Criminal Law and the Legal Processes, and others),

which can be applied toward the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program, which consists of a nine course (36 credit) program.

This allows students who may be wish to complete graduate work in criminal justice to earn a shorter certificate, rather than solely a master’s degree, or to decide at a later point to continue graduate work to earn the master’s degree, with only five courses remaining.

The graduate certificate in justice leadership is a four-course series begins in the fall of each year, one course per term in time for spring commencement activities.

Students can choose to take additional time, if their particular circumstances warrant doing so.

Curious about the application?  Here it is: Admissions Application – MACJ Graduate Program and Certificate Program.

Contact Director Dr. Samantha O’Hara at or Ankeny Campus Director and Graduate Advisor Craig Peck at for details!