NCU Catalog - April 2021 
    Nov 28, 2021  
NCU Catalog - April 2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice Post-Master’s Certificate

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Post-Master’s Certificate

Description of Program

In order to earn a Post-Master’s Certificate, students must complete six courses (18 credit hours) within the chosen Post-Master’s Certificate program. With the exception of the General Business program, each Post-Master’s Certificate program is prescribed, meaning students can only take what is listed for the particular Post-Master’s Certificate program (students may not substitute alternative courses with the exception of the School of Business doctoral level elective course). Students must complete all six NCU courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in order to receive the certificate.

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Basis for Admission

Admission to the Post-Master’s Certificate program requires a completed master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or university.


6 NCU Courses (18 Credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master’s Certificate specialization. Courses taken as part of a NCU master’s program cannot be applied towards a Post-Master’s Certificate program.

Post-Master’s Certificate Transfer into a Doctoral Sequence

Specialization coursework completed as part of a doctoral degree, where a degree was conferred, cannot be applied towards a Post-Master’s Certificate program.

  • Coursework completed within a Post-Master’s Certificate program may be applied towards the specialization sequence within a doctoral program.
  • Applying Post-Master’s Certificate coursework towards a doctoral degree is contingent upon coursework and degree relevance under the most current doctoral degree program version.

Time to Completion

NCU allows 2 years to complete all certificate programs.

The median time to completion for this program is 14 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 10 months.

Post-Master’s Certificate - Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Post-Master’s Certificate connects ethical, managerial, and theoretical decision making with strategic planning and public policy within local, State, Federal, and multinational criminal justice agencies, departments, and organizations. This Post-Master’s Certificate specialization is intended to encourage students to focus on developing competencies across a wide spectrum of criminal justice subjects and issues required for career advancement in law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and criminal investigation.

Doctoral Level Elective

The Post-Master’s Certificate allows students to select one course from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals. Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours at the doctoral level (7000 or 8000) offered from the School of Business.

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