Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration

This 9-credit-hour graduate certificate focuses on administrative leadership in the criminal justice field

If you want to take your career in criminal justice to the next level, earn your 9-credit-hour Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration from Xavier University. This fully-online certificate is grounded in the real-world applications of management, human resources and accounting in contemporary prisons, probation, parole and the juvenile justice system.

The online Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration requires no on-campus visits, so you can earn your certificate without interrupting your life and career. Credits may count toward master’s degree programs.

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You’ll get the personal attention and flexibility needed to reach your goals at your pace. Our invested professors and small class sizes will set you up for success.

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We offer exceptional online programs at an affordable cost. Numerous financial aid resources are available for our online students, making education more affordable.


Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration Course Requirements

9 credits

The online Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration is a 9-credit program that consists of 3 administration-focused courses that can be taken on your schedule. (Credits might also apply toward a master’s degree should you decide to pursue further studies.)

Online Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration Courses 9 credits

Presents organizational and management theories and practices within criminal justice settings. Management styles, management objectives, total quality management and other course topics are applied to issues in contemporary prisons, probation, parole and juvenile justice. Legal and ethical considerations are applied to actual practice situations.
Examine the role of Human Resource Manager in strategic planning and decision making within their organizations.
This course introduces the basic concepts and techniques of fund accounting and the financial reporting for governmental and not-for-profit entities. Additional course coverage includes identifying and applying appropriate accounting and reporting standards for government and private not-for-profit organizations, preparing fund basis and government-wide statements for state and local governments, preparing financial statements for private not-for-profit organizations, using nonfinancial performance measures to evaluate governmental and not-for-profit entities and describing auditing requirements for these entities. Special attention will also be paid to forensic accounting and auditing, with emphasis on the audit of financial statements, and methods of examination relating to prevention and detection of fraud.

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Applicants to the Online Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration must meet the following requirements:

  • Earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college
  • Have 3 years of experience in the field of criminal justice

To be considered for admission, students must submit the following:

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One official transcript directly from all colleges or universities that you have attended for any undergraduate and graduate course work. Applicants must have a degree from a regionally accredited university. Send transcripts to:

Xavier University
ATTN: Admission Processing Center
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207-5131

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2 letters of recommendation from professional references who are able to assess your potential for success in this program.

GPA Requirements are:

  • 3.0 out of 4.0 in the last two years of undergraduate matriculation; or,
  • 2.7 cumulative GPA in undergraduate matriculation; or,
  • 2.5 cumulative in the last 2 years of undergraduate matriculation with 5 years of work experience in a criminal justice or related field.

Applicants not meeting the GPA requirements can submit official test scores for the GRE, MAT or LSAT.

  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam): The minimum score requirements is 143 on the verbal section and 3.0 of the analytical section
  • MAT (Miller Analogies Test): The minimum scoring requirement for the MAT is 390
  • LSAT (Law School Admission Test): The minimum scoring requirement for the LSAT is 138
  • Call (513) 745-3360 or email xugrad@xavier.edu to request a MAT or GRE test booklet. If you have previously taken the GRE and want to have your scores sent to Xavier, please contact GRE at 888 GRE-SCORE. Visit the LSAT website for more information.



State Authorization

Xavier University is authorized to offer fully-online programs in most states. View the complete list of approved states by programs on the State Authorization page. Students must reside and complete practicum hours in approved states only.


Get More from Your Education with a Graduate Degree from Xavier

At Xavier, we understand that no two degree programs and no two students are alike. Therefore, we structure every online degree program to address the unique needs of individual students and have created unique fee structures for each degree program, as well.

Per Credit Hour


Total Program Tuition

The amounts listed are for the 2023-2024 academic year, and include classes from Summer 2023 through Spring 2024. Tuition cost is per credit hour unless otherwise stated.
For the full, official listing, please visit xavier.edu/costs.
Xavier University reserves the right to correct any computational or clerical errors.

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Students enrolled in Xavier’s online programs take classes with the same world-class faculty as our traditional students

Dr. Hurst’s interests center on juvenile perceptions and experiences related to the criminal justice system, and issues surrounding gender and crime. Recent research with youths in the Midwest has led to a series of articles on the determinants of juveniles’ attitudes towards the police, and a comparative analysis of black and white youths’ attitudes and perceptions of police treatment. Dr. Hurst has also published articles related to the criminal justice ideology of youths and the experiences and attitudes of teenage girls as they relate to the justice system. Dr. Hurst’s research on women in the criminal justice system includes a book chapter and a current research project that explore rehabilitative programs available to women.

Dr. Jonson’s current research interests focus in the impact of prison on recidivism, incentivizing justice, the use of meta-analysis to organize criminological knowledge, prison conditions and active shooter response. She has several publications, including Correctional Theory: Context and Consequences and The American Prison: Imagining a Different Future.
Dr. Springman is a clinical faculty member who teaches primarily law courses. He is licensed to practice law in Ohio and before the Unites States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, as well as the United States Supreme Court. He has been a prosecutor for more than 25 years, and for the last 11 years has served as Chief Assistant Prosecutor in Hamilton County in addition to teaching at Xavier.
Mr. Brown has served more than 20 years in law enforcement as a State Trooper, Detective, and Specialist, and is currently a Deputy Sheriff specializing in court security. He also acted as a Field Training Officer for 18 years, and brings all of this experience to students in areas of study such as criminal behavior, community policing, police policy legitimacy, deadly force, police policy and non-profit organizations. Mr. Brown’s research interests include rural policing, furthering policy legitimacy and emergency responder communications.
Mr. McFarland has more than 25 years of experience in the criminal justice field, including 21 years of Juvenile Court experience, 5 years of active military law enforcement, correctional facility security, general security and 2 years in retail loss prevention. He is trained and experienced in correctional and law enforcement supervision, management and training; and in the conduct of inspections and investigations. Areas of teaching emphasis include Introduction to Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and Criminal Justice Administration.
Andrew Berghausen, J.D., is a criminal prosecuting attorney with over 25 years of complex jury trial and supervisory litigation experience in state courts in Ohio. For the past 20 years, he has focused exclusively on the investigation and prosecution of organized financial crime. He specializes in financial and economic crimes involving document fraud, corporate malfeasance, embezzlement, organized retail theft, insurance and benefit fraud, and government corruption.
No, the criminal justice degree is from Xavier University and is awarded on meeting coursework standards independent of course delivery regardless of being an online program. You will receive a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree.

The tuition rate for the online Criminal Justice program is $655 per credit hour. The total cost of the online master’s in criminal justice program will vary, depending upon transfer credits awarded, additional fees and the cost of textbooks/materials. See the Tuition page for more information.

No, online criminal justice courses charge the same rate as all other courses.
Some students believe that online programs will be easier than face-to-face courses. However, that is not true for every student in the masters in criminal justice program. Each online course at Xavier University will have the same academic standards and content as a face-to-face course. You may find online learning to be easier because it suits your learning style, but the course content, the expectations for how much you will learn, and the assessment of what you have learned in our criminal justice program will be just as rigorous as in a face-to-face class.
Criminal justice master’s students may find that they can get to know their professor/instructor and other students better in an online course than in a traditional face-to-face course. There are many options for interacting with your instructors and classmates in your online program, including discussion boards, video or audio files from your instructor, email and video conferencing. There may be additional opportunities for interaction available based on the criminal justice course and instructor.

You will need to review the syllabus for each of your criminal justice courses to determine how to obtain materials (print and digital) you will need for your online criminal justice course. The Xavier Bookstore and/or Library will be happy to assist you in finding course materials. Some readings or media lessons may be posted digitally within the online course itself or in Xavier’s E-Reserves system.

If you are new to online learning at Xavier University, we encourage you to go through the student orientation for online courses.

The Technology Services website offers great resources to support online students.

We encourage you to take advantage of the library’s online resources.

Xavier University prides itself on upholding the value of “cura personalis,” or “care of the whole person,” in its classes. University faculty maintain those values in our online courses by constructing activities that build a sense of community among participants and by making themselves available for questions and instructional support.