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You aren't just law enforcement. You're a leader.

At University of the Cumberlands, our graduate-level online criminal justice management certificate program is designed to accommodate law enforcement officers who aspire to work in leadership-specific roles. This Kentucky-based online certificate in criminal justice management program provides you with the knowledge, experience, and tactics you'll need to guide your community protection efforts into the future. It's the perfect stepping-stone for you to take your career as a law enforcement officer in a new direction, perhaps into a criminal justice administration or leadership role for your municipality or precinct. Our Criminal Justice Management Certificate program will help you accomplish your goals.

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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

Criminal Justice Management Certificate

The Criminal Justice Management Certificate is a graduate-level online certificate open to members of law enforcement in the state of Kentucky and all across the United States. All coursework is delivered in a 100% asynchronous format. Each course is delivered by graduate faculty of the University of the Cumberlands Department of Criminal Justice.

Course Requirements

CROL 531 Foundations of Justice Administration 

CROL 537 Leadership Fundamentals

CROL 631 Law Enforcement Administration

CROL 632 Critical Issues in Law Enforcement: Race & Gender

A bachelor's degree from an accredited university and minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required to be admitted to the Criminal Justice Management Certificate program.

Submit official transcripts from all applicable colleges/universities attended; must be received directly from the issuing college or university. Transcripts sent in from students cannot be accepted even if they are in a sealed envelope. Official transcripts can be accepted two ways:

Mailed to:
Graduate & Online Admissions
649 S. 10th Street Suite C
Williamsburg, KY 40769


Electronically:
(ie: National Clearinghouse, eScript, Parchment)

Emailed to Graduate Admissions at gradadm [at] ucumberlands.edu (gradadm[at]ucumberlands[dot]edu)

Mission & Goals

The criminal justice management certificate program builds upon your foundational knowledge and skills in criminal justice, preparing you for new management roles in the field.

Strengthen your leadership skills among diverse groups.

Understand the fundamentals of justice administration.

Develop administrative skills within the field of law enforcement.

Enhance your skills in critical thinking and communication.

Practice applying social science research methods in appropriate situations.

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Criminal Justice Certificate Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Criminal Investigator: $83,170

Criminal Investigator: $83,170

Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of federal, state, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.

Project Management Specialist: $94,500

Project Management Specialist: $94,500

Project management specialists coordinate the budget, schedule, staffing, and other details of a project.

Police Officer: $66,020

Police Officer: $66,020

Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.

Emergency Management Director: $76,730

Emergency Management Director: $76,730

Emergency management directors prepare plans and procedures for responding to natural disasters or other emergencies. They also help lead the response during and after emergencies.

Lawyer: $127,990

Lawyer: $127,990

Lawyers advise and represent clients on legal proceedings or transactions.

Administrative Manager: $99,290

Administrative Manager: $99,290

Administrative services and facilities managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities that help an organization run efficiently.

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Common Questions

Criminal justice management is the management and oversight of a criminal justice system and those who work within it, including court officers, detectives, line officers, child protective service personnel, administrative staff, and more. Criminal justice managers should be well-versed in all police procedure, including emergency, disaster, and security scenarios.

Your criminal justice management certificate education and credential is a tool to help you achieve your career goals, helping you stand out from a crowd of similarly skilled professional law enforcement officers. Aside from the boost to your resumé, it also helps you develop the skills needed to succeed in leadership roles. 

University of the Cumberlands online criminal justice management certificate program can help equip you to pursue leadership opportunities in the law enforcement field.

Upon completion of our graduate-level certificate in criminal justice management program, you can be equipped for success in a number of criminal justice leadership positions — many which pay quite well. Cumberlands provides career-building online programs for law enforcement officers in a way that imparts a breadth of information, an understanding of critical concepts, and a mastery of skills to support a life-long pursuit of criminal justice leadership excellence. It’s an investment in your future that can pay off in the long run with new career opportunities, safer communities, and a more fulfilling career path for you. So, yes, the online certificate in criminal justice management is definitely “worth it.”

University of the Cumberlands is proud to support members and families of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). We have partnered with the National FOP University to offer members and their families exceptional academic programs that are structured to be some of the most affordable in the nation. FOP members can also apply to University of the Cumberlands free of charge.

All programs at University of the Cumberlands are offered at some of the lowest rates in the nation – and we even include free textbooks through our One Price Promise! For more information on how affordable this program would be for you, visit our Financial Aid page.

Each course lasts eight weeks, called a bi-term. There are two bi-terms per semester, and three semesters per year (fall, spring, and summer). Many classes are asynchronous, meaning there is no set login time; you can work on schoolwork whenever you find time. Cumberlands provides free rental textbooks to online students as part of its One Price Promise. 

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Faculty Experts in Criminal Justice

Learn more about your future criminal justice professors. 

Dr. Elizabeth S. Marsal

Dr. Elizabeth S. Marsal

Adjunct Professor
Criminal Justice
Master in Criminal Justice

Dr. Elizabeth S. Marsal

Contact Information

elizabeth.marsal [at] ucumberlands.edu
Robert Stephens

Robert Stephens

Adjunct Professor
Criminal Justice
Master in Criminal Justice

Robert Stephens

Contact Information

robert.stephens [at] ucumberlands.edu
Dr. Bo Bennett

Dr. Bo Bennett

Adjunct Faculty
Criminal Justice
Master in Criminal Justice

Dr. Bo Bennett

Contact Information

boderick.bennett [at] ucumberlands.edu

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