Criminal Justice Certificate
For more than three decades, the nationally-ranked Sociology Department at UMass Amherst, through its Criminal Justice (CJ) Certificate, has taken pride in providing the best and broadest traditional liberal arts education to students. The demand for public safety and security professionals with superior education and training has never been greater.
Additionally, in partnership with Continuing and Professional Education (CPE), the certificate offers distance-learning courses that can be taken online anywhere in the world and all year round. Our students therefore have a wider choice of courses than ever before. Our innovative online certificate allows you to keep working while you build cutting-edge skills in domestic violence, criminal forensics, white-collar crime and other specialties tailored to your career objectives.
Our courses are taught by experienced UMass and adjunct faculty—many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized experts engaged in cutting-edge research and professional experience.
Gain a solid foundation in criminal justice—and/or valuable credit toward your Bachelor’s degree—as you prepare for positions in the judiciary, corrections, policing, homeland security, victim services, and social services fields through this flexible program that draws upon the resources of UMass Amherst’s nationally ranked Department of Sociology.
Who the certificate is for:
The CJ Certificate attracts students planning or continuing careers in the criminal justice system—from law enforcement to probation, courts, or corrections. Our graduates and certificate holders have served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Federal government, and other agencies as police officers, probation or parole officers, special agents, paralegals, criminal defense lawyers, and district attorneys.
Course Expectations and Certificate Completion:
Degree-seeking UMass students pursuing the certificate should expect to take three or more of the required courses online through Continuing and Professional Education. Certificate students not matriculated at the University of Massachusetts normally take all of their courses online through CPE.
Upon completion of the certificate, students must fill out a Completion Form and submit an unofficial transcript. Questions about the certificate should call 413‑545‑4059 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criminal Justice Certificate Requirements:
|_____||Sociol 103, Sociol Problems
|_____||Sociol 241, Criminology
|_____||Sociol 248, Conformity and Deviance
Sociol 323, Sociology of Law
|_____||Three upper-level (200+) Sociology / CJ courses, one of which may be taken in a department other than Sociology and approved on a case-by-case basis by the Chief Undergraduate Advisor. Courses offered vary by semester; relevant courses not listed here can be petitioned for approval by the Sociology Chief Undergraduate Advisor. Many courses for the certificate are offered only online.
One of the courses below can be substituted for a Sociology / CJ course:
Legal 250, Introduction to Legal Studies