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Graduate Certificate in Justice Leadership

Prepare for master's level work or launch your public service career with an accelerated course schedule available fully online

Complete criminal justice graduate work in only one year of study.

You'll learn about leadership in the criminal justice system, build your professional standards and accelerate your personal development, all while gaining a deeper understanding of social justice and human rights issues in relation to law enforcement. 

Available 100% online—with courses led by experienced faculty and attended by professional peers like you—this one-year certificate program is a valuable step forward for any graduate-level student who wants to make a difference in their community and move toward a career in criminal justice.

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Four courses to advance your career success

Through a blend of contemporary issues and historical theory, our curriculum will arm you to ethically guide your organization through informed decision making.

Coursework is designed to help you gain a 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, nonprofits and the private sector. You’ll learn to formulate ethical responses to professional situations and the leadership skills needed to work with diverse populations.

In this seminar, students will learn principles of effective and ethical leadership through various projects and experiences, such as completing intensive case studies and interviews of leaders, identifying and developing themes and principles from these projects, and creating leadership plans to apply for their own careers. Offered once every two years. 4 credits

Who is this program for?
The program is ideal for someone who wants to complete graduate work in criminal justice to gain professional expertise in a shorter time period, rather than making the full time commitment of a master’s degree.

How long does the program take?
The Graduate Certificate in Justice Leadership can be completed in one year. Additional time to complete the certificate can be taken if needed.

Where can I take courses?
Courses are conveniently offered fully online on an accelerated 8-week course schedule.

When do these programs start?
Term 1 and Term 2 are available during Fall semester. Term 3 and Term 4 are available during Spring semester.

What can I do with a certificate?
The Graduate Certificate in Justice Leadership allows students to build the confidence, skills and presence they need to be a change agent in the dynamic field of criminal justice. It is one thing to work in an ever-evolving field, but to lead can be even tougher. Society is always changing, but effective leadership skills tend to remain the same. We will look at modern day problems through a lifelong, proven leadership skills lens. The Graduate Certificate in Justice Leadership will provide a foundation for individuals to be effective supervisors, skilled communicators, and strategic problem solvers.

Plus, if you decide at a later point to continue graduate work to earn Simpson College's Master’s of Arts in Criminal Justice, you'll only have five courses remaining to complete.

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Tuition Costs

We're committed to making sure our graduate programs are accessible and affordable for all students. Tuition: $550/credit hour

Financial Aid

Graduate students in these programs are eligible for federal financial aid, and we allow an interest-free grace period for students receiving employer reimbursement. 

Transfer Your Credits

We accept transfer credits from other accredited institutions. Transcripts are evaluated to determine how many credits will transfer, as well as how a student’s former coursework meets Simpson’s degree requirements.

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