Criminal Justice Administration


The University of South Florida's Department of Criminology offers a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration designed to develop and enhance professional practice in the criminal justice community. The Graduate Certificate prepares students for advanced levels of management by enhancing their technical skills, decision-making processes, and analytic capabilities in the contemporary environment of criminal justice practice. The certificate targets students interested in the criminal justice system who have a committed interest in enhancing their professionalism and developing their practitioner and management skills.

The Graduate Certificate focuses on two primary areas. First, the program focuses on contemporary issues in criminal justice management and the challenges facing the criminal justice sector of contemporary government. Second, the program provides enhanced skills in research and their application and utility in problem solving, equipping the student with sophisticated quantitative tools and strategies for using these tools in analyzing and designing solutions to problems.

The Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration is designed to meet the needs of the working professional and the non-traditional student, and the certificate may be earned in as few as two semesters.

Course Location/Delivery

This certificate is offered on the Tampa campus and partially online.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. A minimum GPA of 3.0.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.

In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following documents:




17 credit hours. Courses may be taken in any order, but the following sequence is recommended:

CCJ 6936 - Current Issues in Law Enforcement (3)
CCJ 6705 - Research Methods in Criminology (4)
CCJ 6029 - Advanced Seminar in Law Enforcement (3)
CCJ 6706 - Quantitative Analysis in Criminology I (4)
CCJ 6406 - Theory, Practice and Research in Law Enforcement (3)


None are required.

Time Limit

This certificate should be completed within three years.

Credit Toward Degree

Courses from the certificate may be applied to the graduate degree.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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