The John Glenn College of Public Affairs in partnership with the Department of Sociology offers a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration designed to meet the needs of working professionals by providing accessible online criminal justice administration training.

This 15 credit hour graduate certificate program is designed for working professionals who are looking to advance their careers by attaining the necessary skills and training for administrative roles in the criminal justice organizations. This program is perfect for working professionals considering a career change to the criminal justice sector.

While a graduate certificate does not replace a master’s degree, for many, it is sufficient to master job relevant skills. Earning a graduate certificate is a great option for working professionals who are not ready or are unable to commit to a full master’s degree program.
Successful completion of the certificate will satisfy the experience requirement of the Glenn College’s In-Career MA and MPAL graduate degree programs, and students can transfer up to 50 percent of the certificate’s credits into a degree program subsequent to completing the certificate.

This certificate also provides a manageable curricular option to the students who complete the Glenn College’s 11-week residential cohort-based Public Safety Leadership Academy (PSLA).

Application information

Admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Personal statements require articulation of how the certificate is consistent with the applicant’s professional and career goals. Students from international undergraduate institutions are recommended to score at least a 100 in the TOEFL iBT. Resumes and transcripts are required from all applicants.

Online program availability may vary by state. For more information on state authorization requirements and disclosures related to online programs, please visit


Online program application fee waived for Ohio State alumni.

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Other Glenn College Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Public Management

The Glenn College’s Graduate Certificate in Public Management is designed for professionals working in the public sector that are looking to develop and enhance their public management and leadership skills. Click here to learn more.

Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership

If you are a working professional looking to develop and enhance management and leadership skills the Glenn College’s Certificate in Public & Nonprofit Leadership will provide you the knowledge to excel in your career and set you apart as a professional. Click here to learn more.

The required courses (12cr) include

PUBAFRS 5506 Administration of Criminal Justice Policy (3cr)
SOCIOL 5950 Evidence-Based Practice in Criminal Justice (3cr)
PUBAFRS 6045 Fundamentals of Budgeting & Financial Administration (2cr)
PUBAFRS 6075 Data, Models, & Evaluation (4cr)

Students also take three credit hours of elective, which include

SOCIOL 5925 Offender Decision Making and Prisoner Reentry (3cr)
PUBAFRS 6060 Managerial Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (4cr)
PUBAFRS 7507 Criminal Justice Policy (3cr)
Other approved elective (3cr)

Offering Patterns

Autumn Spring Summer
PUBAFRS 5506 (DL) annually SOCIOL 5925 (DL) annually SOCIOL 5950 (DL) annually
PUBAFRS 6075 (DL) annually PUBAFRS 6060 (DL) annually PUBAFRS 6045 (DL) annually
PUBAFRS 7507 (DL) even years PUBAFRS 6060 (HY) annually
PUBAFRS 6060 (HY) annually
DL = Distance Learning (100% online); HY = Hybrid (in-person and online)

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