What will I learn?

Program goal

The Certificate in Criminal Justice is a post-baccalaureate graduate program designed to help facilitate career advancement in the criminal justice and/or criminology field. The program seeks to develop critical-thinking skills among the students through the use of current criminal justice and criminological topics, reports and research findings.

This certificate program offers specialization for individuals interested or involved in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice or the courts. It combines survey and theory courses with research, management and policy courses on the justice system. The courses in the certificate program are the same as the master’s courses. With minimum grades of B and upon acceptance into the master’s degree program, these courses are fully transferable to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice degree program.

Student learning outcomes

  • Students will communicate effectively about criminal justice issues/policies using well-reasoned evidence from empirical studies to support their arguments and/or positions.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and articulation of major issues related to the field in a diverse socio-cultural context while also understanding the diversity of lived experiences.

Which department am I in?

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

Study options

Full Time (15 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,956.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 January 2022, 23 August 2022


L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

923 West Franklin Street,



23284, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree in physics, engineering or other area of physical science with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale.

For international students

Applicants for admission to VCU graduate programs must hold the academic equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based). The university minimum IELTS score requirement is 6.5. The PTE is also accepted with a minimum score of 65. Deadlines: Fall - Apr 1; Spring - Oct 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond