Criminal Justice Certificate

A criminal justice certificate can help individuals to prepare for a career in law enforcement and related fields while helping improve their attractiveness as a job candidate. While not all police departments require a college degree, many departments require some college credit or give preference to applicants with college experience.

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Criminal Justice Certificate Programs

Criminal justice certificate programs are often shorter than associate’s degrees and can be completed within a few months instead of years. Certificate programs are generally less expensive than associate’s and bachelor’s programs and can help significantly increase your lifetime earning potential. According to a report from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, certificates add close to $117,000 in lifetime when compared to a high school diploma. Criminal justice certification programs typically provide a introduction to the basic aspects of criminal justice law and an overview of criminal behavior. An online criminal justice certificate program can be a convenient way to earn this degree without having to travel to campus and attend class.

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Did you know? Unlike the non-stop action portrayed on television, in reality about 80% of police work is patrol and paperwork while 20% involves action like investigations, arrests, and car chases.1

Criminal Justice Career Outlook

There are several career paths available to individuals within the criminal justice field including police officer, crime scene technician, and border patrol agents to name a few. Job opportunities are favorable at many city police departments while competition for jobs is stronger at State and Federal agencies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, police and detective jobs are projected to grow 10 percent from 2008-2018.

Certificate Degrees from Accredited Online Criminal Justice Schools

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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • A.A. in Criminal Justice

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Keiser University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, AA

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American InterContinental University Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Associate's (AABA) - Criminal Justice Administration


References:
1. Harr, J. Scott. Careers in Criminal Justice and Related Fields. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2010.