School of Criminology and Justice Studies

Certificate Program

Graduate Certificates in Criminal Justice

The graduate program also offers six 12-credit certificates that are designed to meet the diverse needs of criminal justice professionals:

Admission Requirements

In addition to the university's requirements for graduate admission, applicants should have the ability to pursue graduate education, as demonstrated by:

  1. Graduation from an accredited four-year institution. 
  2. Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.8 or higher. 
  3. Two copies of a complete and official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended. 
  4. An interview may be requested by the Graduate Admissions Committee.  

Graduate Certificate Application Form (pdf)


Certificate Requirements

  • University regulations do not allow transfer of class(es) from another institution for the graduate certificate program. 
  • Classes may count for both the Masters degree and one certificate program. The same class can not be used for two different certificates. 
  • Once the requirements for a certificate have been completed you must submit a Graduate Certificate Clearance Form. This form may be found on the Registrar's website under forms.
  • Four courses must be completed within a five year period with a minimum of a 3.00 Grade Point Aaverage and with no more than three credits below an earned grade of B (3.00).

Please note: The CRIM prefix refers to on-campus courses, while the 44 prefix identifies the online course.

Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Informatics 

Graduate Coordinator: 
Dr. Paul Tracy
CJGradAdvisor@uml.edu
978-934-4106

Criminal justice agencies are increasingly relying on computer/information technology for many tasks including administration, allocation of resources, criminal investigation, and research. This change has created a growing demand for criminal justice students with computer information technology (IT) skills. The certificate program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to meet the growing technology demands in this field by emphasizing courses in computer applications, information management, and quantitative research. The certificate courses come from a variety of disciplines within the university to provide students with varied experiences.

Students who develop IT skills emphasized in these courses will be very marketable to prospective employers.

Required Courses (total of 6 credits):

  • CRIM 590/44.580 Quantitative Research 
  • CRIM 576/44.599 Criminal Justice Intelligence and Information Sharing 

Plus one of the following (one 3-credit course):

  • CRIM 694/44.594 Crime Analysis and Mapping 
  • 57.514 Community Mapping 
  • 87.504 Geographic Information Systems 

Plus one of the following (one 3-credit course):

  • 32.633 Healthcare Database Design 
  • CRIM 658/44.642 Issues in Computer Crime and Cyber-Security 

Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence Prevention

Departments of the School of Criminology and Justice Studies and Psychology 

Coordinators:
Dr. Paul Tracy
CJGradAdvisor@uml.edu
978-934-4106

Domestic violence is one of the major social and public health problems in the Commonwealth. The existing degree programs in Criminal Justice, Community Social Psychology, and the College of Health Sciences each offer relevant courses that greatly assist their graduates working with agencies and clients affected by domestic violence. The certificate provides a focused program for those working in settings where domestic violence is an issue. Courses may be applied to the relevant department's Master's degree program with the approval of the department's graduate coordinator. 

Required Courses (one of the 3-credit courses in each of the four groups):

Group 1:

  • CRIM 631/44.622 Intimate Partner Violence (cross-listed as 47.622)  
  • CRIM 632/44.623 Responding to Child Abuse and Mistreatment 

Group 2:

  • 32.625 Health Policy
  • CRIM 520/44.503 Administration of Justice 
  • CRIM 630/44.522 Victimology 
  • 47.504 The Family System 
  • 47.511 Principles of Helping 

Group 3:

  • 32.613 Research Methods in PL and Environment 
  • CRIM 591/44.590 Research Design 
  • CRIM 695/44.595 Program Evaluation Methods 
  • 47.512 Applied Research Methods 
  • 47.611 Program Evaluation 

Group 4:

  • 32.616 Legal Issues in Health Services Administration 
  • 32.625 Health Policy 
  • CRIM 652/44.520 Social Ecology of Crime 
  • CRIM 603/44.560 Gender, Race, and Crime 
  • CRIM 631/44.622 Intimate Partner Violence (cross-listed as 47.622) 
  • CRIM 632/44.623 Responding to Child Abuse and Mistreatment 
  • CRIM 650/44.624 Violence in America 
  • CRIM 651/44.575 Criminal Homicide 
  • CRIM 655/44.563 Substance Abuse and Crime (cross-listed as 47.531) 
  • 47.500 Introduction to Community Social Psychology 
  • 47.523 Women in the Community 
  • 47.542 Working with Groups 
  • 47.551 Psychosocial Aspects of Maturity and Aging 

Graduate Certificate in Forensic Criminology

Graduate Coordinator:
Dr. Paul Tracy
CJGradAdvisor@uml.edu
978-934-4106

The certificate is designed for students with current or potential careers in the fields of criminal justice, nursing/public health, law and paralegal studies, psychology, and social work who wish to expand their expertise in forensic criminology including mental health applications. Students in this program focus on populations being served by state and federal court systems, state and federal correctional systems, law enforcement agencies, mental health facilities, and juvenile facilities and are able to choose from a variety of courses appropriate for their own specific professional needs.

Required Courses: (Choose two of the following courses - 6 credits)

  •   CRIM 540/44.542 Criminal Profiling 
  •   CRIM 541/44.543 Forensic Psychology 
  •   CRIM 640/44.545 Criminal Mind and Criminal Behavior 
  •   CRIM 641/44.546 Mental Health and Criminal Justice 
  •   CRIM 650/44.624 Violence in America 

Plus two of the following (two 3-credit courses for a total of 6 credits):

  •   CRIM 501/44.521 Criminological Theory 
  •   CRIM 651/44.575 Criminal Homicide 
  •   CRIM 630/44.522 Victimology 
  •   CRIM 571/44.526 Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes 
  •   CRIM 655/44.563 Substance Abuse and Crime (cross-listed as 47.531) 
  •   CRIM 631/44.622 Intimate Partner Violence 
  •   CRIM 632/44.623 Responding to Child Abuse and Mistreatment 
  •   CRIM 642/44.646 Sex Crimes and Offenders 

Graduate Certificate in Leadership & Policy Development

Graduate Coordinator:
Dr. Paul Tracy
CJGradAdvisor@uml.edu
978-934-4106

The graduate certificate provides a focused program for criminal justice managers and administrators. This specialized education will increase the knowledge and skills necessary to administer delivery of high quality and cost effective services. This program is designed to respond to the changes taking place in the criminal justice field which require up-to-date management skills.

Required Courses (total of 6 credits):

  •   CRIM 521/44.570 Managing Criminal Justice Organizations 
  •   CRIM 613/44.573 Law and Public Policy 

Plus two of the following (total of 6 credits):

  •   CRIM 652/44.520 Social Ecology of Crime 
  •   CRIM 522/44.541 Issues in Policing 
  •   CRIM 524/44.550 Issues in Corrections 
  •   CRIM 526/44.574 Economic Crime 
  •   CRIM 591/44.590 Research Design 
  •   CRIM 695/44.595 Program Evaluation Methods   
  •   47.546 Grant Writing 
  •   57.515 Politics and Economics of Public Policy 

Graduate Certificate in Security Studies

Graduate Coordinator:
Dr. Paul Tracy
CJGradAdvisor@uml.edu
978-934-4106

This graduate-level certificate program addresses the increasing global and local concern involving security issues. The program consists of three required courses plus one elective course that can be chosen from a list of courses in the student's particular area of interest.

After the tragedies of September 11, 2001, national policymakers called upon state and local law enforcement agencies to work together in strengthening our national defense. The formulation of the Homeland Security Act was a legislative effort to implement a "total" security infrastructure composed of federal, state, local, and private law enforcement agencies as well as a vast range of organizations that historically did not interface with one another. 

Because of these recent changes in government, there is a growing need to understand the type of information gathering that occurs in these agencies, strategies for sharing the information while maintaining data quality, and ways to use the information for strategic planning, policy development and analysis. There are also concerns about how to go about gathering and analyzing this critical information without infringing upon the public's civil liberties and privacy rights.

In response to the demand for knowledge in this area, UMass Lowell's School of Criminology and Justice Studies has developed a graduate-level program designed to educate students in the complex nature of threats and how to manage them. Students can focus their studies in areas such as risk management and analysis; organizational and systems integration; legal and political policy and ethical issues in responding to threats; policy development and analysis; and the use of technology in implementing national security.

Intended Audience

The program is appropriate for students with a general interest in homeland security, professionals who are currently employed in security-related jobs, and for those interested in pursuing careers in security. 

Required Courses (9 credits):

  •   CRIM 574/44.567 Overview of Homeland Security 
  •   CRIM 572/44.549 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism 
  •   CRIM 575/44.568 Contemporary Security Studies 

Plus one of the following (3 credits):

  •   CRIM 570/44.513 Crisis and Emergency Management 
  •   CRIM 571/44.526 Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes 
  •   CRIM 573/44.554 Threat Assessment and Risk Management 
  •   CRIM 526/44.574 Economic Crime 
  •   CRIM 694/44.594 Crime Analysis and Mapping 
  •   CRIM 576/44.599 Criminal Justice Intelligence and Information Sharing 

Graduate Certificate in Victim Studies

Graduate Coordinator:
Dr. Paul Tracy
CJGradAdvisor@uml.edu
978-934-4106

The Graduate Certificate in Victim Studies is a 12-credit program consisting of one required course (3 credits), one Victimization elective (3 credits), and two Skills and Knowledge electives (6 credits).

The purpose of the proposed Graduate Certificate in Victims’ Studies is to provide multidisciplinary specialized knowledge of crime victim issues, crime victims’ rights, and formal responses to victims so that students may apply that knowledge within their own professional context. Completion of the certificate will provide students with the background to understand strengths and limitations of current responses to crime victims so they can be a part of initiatives and programs to prevent crime victimization, be prepared to engage in research and evaluation focused on crime victims’ issues, and respond effectively to victims of crime in a culturally appropriate manner.

Unlike many graduate certificates which are designed to provide specialized knowledge within a particular field, the Graduate Certificate in Victims’ Studies is designed to provide specialized knowledge on crime victims that can be applied in a broad range of fields. The courses offered draw from programs in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Education, Psychology, and Regional Economics and Social Development. All students will take a core overview course in Victimology, one course about a specific type of victimization, and two courses pertaining to skills, theory and/or evaluation.

Elective courses are organized in clusters according to skills and knowledge content. These options are intended to guide students as to how they can tailor their education to their particular interests and/or professional needs. For example, a program director in a human services agency might take Program Evaluation or Grant Writing.

In recent semesters, a number of graduate students enrolled in the Criminal Justice Masters and certificate programs, who are working in victim services, have expressed an interest in taking more courses in that field through UML. In addition, many of our students who have completed our Domestic Violence Prevention Certificate have expressed interest in further course work which addresses the diverse range of victims of other types of crimes, e.g. identify theft, economic crime, and cyber stalking. Therefore, the proposed certificate is distinct from the Domestic Violence Prevention Certificate and will focus on crime victims more broadly and also include victims of crimes committed by non-family members and strangers.

Target Audience

The target audience for the proposed certificate includes professionals or potential professionals in fields that come in direct contact with victims of crime, as well as those who simply seek to better understand victimization. Some of the professionals this would include are those who provide direct services to victims, those who supervise victim programs, and those who come in contact with victims as a part of their professional lives. Some examples include victim advocates, prosecutors, health services workers, law enforcement and corrections personnel, youth services workers, social workers, journalists, and first responders.

Required course: (3 credits)

  • CRIM 630/44.522 Victimology 

Elective Courses:

Victimization Electives (choose one of the following 3 credit courses):

  • CRIM 603/44.560 Gender, Race and Crime 
  • CRIM 631/44.622 Intimate Partner Violence (cross-listed as 47.622) 
  • CRIM 632/44.623 Responding to Child Abuse and Mistreatment 
  • 47.509 Psychological Approaches to Child Maltreatment (available online) 

Skills and Knowledge Electives (Choose two of the following 3 credit courses):

Please note that clusters are suggested groupings based on student interest and their utility for application to current or potential employment. However, students are free to choose any two courses from the list.

Criminal Justice Cluster:

  • CRIM 520/44.503 Administration of Justice 
  • CRIM 603/44.560 Gender, Race, and Crime 
  • CRIM 631/44.622 Intimate Partner Violence (cross-listed as 47.622) 
  • CRIM 632/44.623 Responding to Child Abuse and Mistreatment 
  • CRIM 650/44.624 Violence in America 
  • CRIM 651/44.575 Criminal Homicide 

Policy Cluster:

  • CRIM 613/44.573 Law and Public Policy 
  • 57.515 Politics and Economics of Public Policy 

Program Director Skills Cluster:

  • 47.546 or 57.546 Grantwriting 
  • 47.611 or 07.642 Program Evaluation 

Psychology & Helping Cluster:

  • 47.500 Introduction to Community Social Psychology 
  • 47.509 Psychological Approaches to Child Maltreatment (available online) 
  • 47.522 Psychology of Diversity 
  • 47.527 Immigrant Psychology and Communities 
  • 47.542 Working with Groups 

 Research & Evaluation Cluster:

44.590  Research Methods in Criminal Justice  
 OR
 47.512   Applied Research Methods 
OR
57.506 Research Methods 
AND
47.611 Program Evaluation 
OR 
 07.642  Program Evaluation 
 AND
57.592 Qualitative Research Methods