Program Overview

Portland State University offers a Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice that is well suited for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree and wish to enhance their knowledge on criminology and criminal justice. Students enrolled will gain in-depth knowledge on crime, motivating factors that influence crime, causes of crime, crime throughout history, research, branches of criminal justice, the legal system, ethics, and much more. Graduates who earn this certificate have the potential to secure rewarding careers as criminology or criminal justice professionals.

The Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice consists of 40 total credit hours. Students are required to finish core courses, concentration courses, and elective coursework in order to successfully complete the program. Core courses include Criminology and Criminal Justice, Theories of Crime, Crime Control Strategies, Criminal Justice Research, and Criminal Law and Reasoning. Following core courses, students may choose two concentration courses. Concentration courses offered include Policing in America, Punishment and Corrections, and American Courts. The courses are expertly crafted to ensure that graduates will be knowledgeable, competent, and professional while working in the field. Elective courses are designed to give students the ability to customize part of their education and cater to their individual interests. Graduates will be well equipped with a wide base of specialized knowledge that is often sought by employers.

This online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students who are employed or have other obligations. Students must be highly disciplined to complete a large amount of coursework. Time management, a reliable internet connection, and word processing skills are very important for students who enroll.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Portland State University is a public state university located in Portland, Oregon. Established in 1946, PSU began as the Vanport Extension Center as a way to meet the needs of higher education for those returning from World War II. Over the years, with its constantly expanding degree programs, PSU is the largest and fastest growing school in the Oregon University System.

    PSU offers students several degree levels, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral, from the following schools and colleges:

    • College of the Arts
    • Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
    • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • College of Urban and Public Affairs
    • School of Business Administration
    • Graduate School of Education
    • School of Public Health
    • School of Social Work
    • University Honors College

    Many of the certificates and degrees at the bachelor's and the master's level are available completely online. 


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