Management and Supervision Certificate in Criminal Justice

Additional academy training and education not provided by Purdue Global may be required for law enforcement positions.

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Program at a Glance

  • Enroll in a program that meets the educational and training expectations of public safety and community leaders.
  • Examine management theories and functions central to criminal justice organizations.
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply toward a Purdue Global bachelor’s degree program.
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Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
8 months
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
(24 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
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Management and Supervision Certificate in Criminal Justice Overview

With Purdue Global's online criminal justice management certificate program, you can gain the foundational knowledge and leadership skills required to become an effective manager or supervisor. 

Learn from professors who bring real-world experience to the courses they teach. Your online coursework will introduce principles on human resource management and supervision and focus on the roles managers play in establishing a successful social framework. Additional topics in criminal justice administration include:

  • The role of supervisors and managers in criminal justice, with a focus on leadership development and management practices
  • How human and organizational behavior affect organizational outcomes
  • How to motivate personnel, support organizational goals and missions, manage conflicts, and evaluate employee performance
  • National law enforcement reform initiatives
  • The importance of exploring and promoting diversity and inclusivity to help you understand and address the needs of your community

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Get a Head Start on Your Next Degree

By completing the management and supervision in criminal justice online certificate program, you’ll not only earn a valuable credential to make an immediate impact on your career, but you’ll also lay the groundwork for your next degree. Qualified credits can apply toward a Purdue Global bachelor’s degree.*

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Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

    Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Grants

    Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.

    Federal and State Grants

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

This certificate program is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills related to managerial roles in the dynamic field of criminal justice.

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Sample Courses
  • Crisis Management in Terrorist Attacks and Disasters
  • Applied Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice
  • Homeland Security
  • Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
  • Diversity and Inclusivity in Public Safety

Program Requirements

  • Major Credits
  • Total Credits

Career Opportunities

Purdue Global’s Management and Supervision Certificate in Criminal Justice is designed to provide you with the specialized knowledge to seek managerial or supervisory positions in a broad range of criminal justice areas such as corrections, corporate or environmental crime investigation, criminal investigation, federal or state law enforcement, loss prevention, private or public security, probation and parole, and postal service inspection.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Social Perceptiveness
  2. Active Listening
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Speaking
  5. Monitoring

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions. Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond the Purdue Global degree. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information. Graduates of Purdue Global criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 51% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 395 Faculty publications in 2021–2022
student at desk icon More Than 38,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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*Future Programs: The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy.